With Fox shifting its scripted strategy, the network has decided not to proceed with three potential midseason comedies. Bless This Mess, which Bell co-created with New Girl creator Liz Meriwether, has instead landed a pickup on ABC for a six-episode season. Bell and Dax Shepard play a newlywed couple who ditch the big-city for the simple life of Nebraska. Fox's other midseason comedies, Thomas Lennon's Dan the Weatherman and Mean Jean, starring Kaitlin Olson and Leah Remini as a lesbian couple, "have both also been passed over as Fox has limited room on its schedule with coverage of the NFL," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The network has refocused its scripted strategy to target broad procedurals and multicamera comedies."