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Dax Shepard Joins Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’ as Danny Masterson Leaves

Dax Shepard is headed to The Ranch

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Comedian-actor Dax Shepard will be joining “The Ranch” on Netflix. The popular video-streaming service confirmed Shepard’s character today, a former soldier by the name of Luke Matthews who has come to Garrison with some history concerning the Iron River Ranch. He meets the Bennetts and forms an immediate bond with Colt and Beau, but Luke’s past has a way of catching up with him.

Shepard trained at The Groundlings Theater for improv and sketch comedy, and landed his first TV role on “Punk’d” in 2003, another show with Ashton Kutcher. Shepard’s notable film credits include Without a Paddle, Idiocracy, Employee of the Month, Baby Mama, The Judge and This Is Where I Leave You and he memorably portrayed Crosby Braverman for six seasons on the hit NBC series “Parenthood,” for which he received a 2015 People’s Choice Award nomination and guest starred as Crosby on NBC’s “About a Boy.”

Shepard wrote, directed and starred in three features films: CHIPS, Hit and Run, and Brother’s Justice (also co-directed with David Palmer).

Shepard’s will next star in the upcoming comedy pilot “Bless This Mess” opposite Lake Bell. He also recently launched “Armchair Expert,” a podcast where he sits down with some of the most iconic creative personalities around the world.

If you haven’t saddled-up to “The Ranch” yet, the show is set in present day on a Colorado ranch outside Denver. A multi-camera family comedy series, the series stars Ashton Kutcher, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. The show follows Colt’s (Kutcher) return home after a brief and failed semi- pro football career to run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” (Masterson) and father Beau (Elliott), whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years. Winger stars as Colt’s and Jimmy’s mother, Maggie, who runs the local town bar. The series also features Elisha Cuthbert (Abby), and fellow That 70’s Show alum Wilmer Valderrama (Umberto).

Part 3 picks up where we left off in winter of last year: Colt is forced to face the new reality of his complicated love triangle with Abby and Heather; Rooster settles into relationship life with Mary after moving out of the ranch; and Maggie and Beau navigate life as divorced friends.