added: Sun, Jan 22nd '17
Fresh from his Golden Globe-nominated turn as Winston Churchill on Netflix's hit series "The Crown," John Lithgow proves, yet again, that he can easily leap from drama to comedy as he stars in NBC's new true-crime spoof "Trial & Error."
In the show's debut trailer, we see Lithgow as Larry Henderson, an eccentric man who is accused of killing his wife. Although, he claims to have found his spouse murdered while waiting for the cable guy who, by the way, never showed up. It's a shaky alibi, to say the least. And Larry's bizarre behavior after his wife's tragic death doesn't do him any favors.
Shot in a pseudo-documentary style, the comedy focuses on Larry's murder trial as told through the viewpoint of his legal team, which is led by a young ambitious defense lawyer, named Josh Segal (Nicholas D'Agosto, of "Gotham" and "Masters of Sex"), who, despite his desire to win, appears to have found himself on the losing side.
Created as an anthology comedy series (with each season focusing on a different trial), "Trial & Error" also stars Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, Bob Gunton, and Krysta Rodriguez.
Emmy-winning director of "The Office" Jeffrey Blitz, who is also known for helming 2003's acclaimed spelling bee documentary "Spellbound," is directing the pilot episode of "Trial & Error," which is set to premiere Tuesday, March 7th on NBC.
In the spirit of true crime documentaries, this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy centers on bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Simon (Nicholas D'Agosto), who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric "rollercizing" poetry professor (John Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.
directed by Jeffrey Blitz (pilot episode)
starring John Lithgow, Nicholas D'Agosto, Sherri Shepherd, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, Bob Gunton, Krysta Rodriguez
release date March 7, 2017 (on NBC)