Chenoweth is joining the cast as the defendant of the season’s big trial. Lithgow played last year’s quirky defendant, Larry Henderson. There was talk that he might make an appearance in season two but NBC’s release doesn’t mention him.
Here are some more details about the return of Trial & Error on NBC:
NEW WHODUNNIT UNFOLDS IN EAST PECK AS SECOND SEASON OF NBC’S “TRIAL & ERROR: LADY, KILLER” DEBUTS THURSDAY, JULY 19
Multi-Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth Plays Town’s Grand Dame in Critically Applauded True-Crime Comedy
First Season Now Available Exclusively on the NBC App and Video on Demand
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 12, 2018 – Toplined by Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, NBC’s “Trial & Error: Lady, Killer” will return to East Peck when the second season debuts Thursday, July 19 at 9 and 9:30 p.m.
Last season the 9 p.m. telecast of “Trial & Error” averaged a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research and the 9:30 episode averaged a 1.1 in 18-49 and 4.4 million viewers. The series delivered a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 119 at 9 p.m. and a 121 at 9:30 among adults 18-49 in $100K+ homes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those viewers).
The first season of “Trial & Error” is now available exclusively on the NBC App and Video on Demand.
Critics were fans of the first season, with Vulture writing, “Deconstructing and poking fun at true crime is a great idea, and ‘Trial & Error’… has some real fun with that.” Entertainment Weekly added, “The true-crime genre was due for a good zinging. It got one.”
In the spirit of true crime documentaries, the second season of this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy centers on bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto), still relatively a newcomer in a tiny southern town, who is sturdily posed for his next big case there. His mission? To defend the eccentric first lady of East Peck, Lavinia Peck-Foster (Kristin Chenoweth), known for her flamboyant outfits, large hats and hairless cat, and who suddenly finds herself accused of the bizarre murder of her beloved husband. As Josh continues to settle into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop while working with his quirky team of local misfits, he suspects that winning his second big case this time should be easy (especially when his client is the town favorite), but is it?
The cast also includes Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Amanda Payton.
Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz directs and also serves as an executive producer. “Trial & Error: Lady, Killer” is produced by Barge Productions and Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
What do you think? Did you watch the first season of Trial & Error on NBC? Do you plan to watch season two?