The Bennett family homestead is about to get a whole lot better! On the heels of Danny Masterson’s exit from the The Ranch, Deadline reports that Dax Shepard will be joining the cast when the Netflix series returns for Season 3 later this year.
Per Deadline, though, Shepard won’t be replacing Masterson on The Ranch. It remains to be seen how Masterson’s character, Rooster, will be written off, but Shepard won’t be sliding into that void. Rather, he will play a former soldier by the name of Luke Matthews who comes back to the Bennetts’ hometown of Garrison, Colorado, with “some history” regarding Iron River Ranch. He quickly hits it off with Colt (Kutcher) and Beau (Sam Elliott), but apparently drama follows Luke.
Character drama aside, this comes as a refreshing bit of good news for fans.
The series has been in limbo since sexual assault allegations against Masterson resurfaced. His continued presence last season began to draw major criticism and, some might say, distracted an otherwise solid cast and show. Subsequently, as the Los Angeles Police Department and District Attorney’s office investigated rape claims from four women, the former That ’70s Show star was fired in December 2017.
Although fans of Punk’d, Shepard or both would undoubtedly be happy to binge-watch Shepard in the series indefinitely, Deadline confirms that the role will be recurring, not regular. It’s hard to be unhappy about this, given that Shepard has already signed on as a lead in the Fox comedy Bless This Mess, co-starring Lake Bell.
So, while you won’t get to see Shepard every episode of The Ranch moving forward, you’ll at least get a substantial fix of Kristen Bell’s hilarious husband. And when that’s not enough, you can catch him on his other new series.
Win-win? We think so.