Two New Television Shows Shine Their Lights On Nebraska

Nebraska will be leaving its mark on two upcoming television comedies.

It was announced this week that Omaha native and comedian Amber Ruffin's new NBC comedy will take place in a town called Benson. Ruffin, a Benson High grad, will star as newspaper editor Amber in "Village Gazette," a single-camera comedy about the goings-on at the fictional Benson Village Gazette.

Ruffin wrote the pilot alongside SNL writer Shelly Grossman, as big comedy names such as Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels are attached to the project as producers. The Omaha native is a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers, making her the first-ever black woman to write for an American late night talk show.

Flipping the channel over, viewers this week got their first glance at "Bless This Mess" as ABC dropped the first trailer for the Dax Shepard led comedy. Shepard and Lake Bell star as a New York City couple who move to the Cornhusker State after a farmhouse is left to Shepard's character following the death of his great aunt.

Of course, the beautiful farmhouse of days gone by is in desperate need of some fixing up and the couple must tackle a decaying house on top of adjusting to the slower pace of life in the country.

The comedy is the brainchild of Bell and "New Girl" creator Elizabeth Meriweather. Notable actors Ed Begley Jr. and Pam Grier star alongside Bell and Shepard as the town locals. "Bless This Mess" is slated to premiere on April 16th.

 

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