NBC Renews ‘Trial & Error’ for Season 2

Trial and Error renewed
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NBC has renewed freshman comedy “Trial & Error” for a 10-episode second season, Variety has learned.

Though the show, which starred John Lithgow in its first season, has not been a ratings hit, insiders say it has been a favorite of NBC boss Bob Greenblatt.

The comedy aired twice per week during its spring run, bringing in 3.9 million viewers overall — not as strong as NBC’s other comedies “The Good Place” or “Superstore,” both of which were renewed early.

In Variety‘s review of the series, critic Sonia Soraiya praised the series, comparing its elements to those of “Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock,” and “The Office.” She wrote, “The show is a lighthearted, zany spoof of shows like ‘The Jinx’ and ‘Making a Murderer,’ those true-crime documentary series that take a viewer into the real-time investigation of a convoluted case.”


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Remote Controlled: John Lithgow of ‘Trial and Error,’ ‘Superstore’s’ America Ferrera and Ben Feldman on Finding Laughs

“Trial & Error” is a fish-out-of-water comedy that follows a bright-eyed New York lawyer (Nicholas D’Agosto) who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case, which is to defend an eccentric poetry professor (Lithgow) who is 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, the young lawyer suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.

Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez and Jayma Mays also star. Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller are writers and exec producers, along with exec producer Jeffrey Blitz. Warner Bros. Television, Barge Productions and Good Session Productions are behind the series.


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  1. Sarah says:

    I don’t watch shows often, but I got hooked on this one. It was cute and stupid funny. Something that I could laugh at.

  2. dizzylucy says:

    I really enjoyed this show, but thought for sure it’d be canceled. I’m so happy to have found out it’s being renewed! It was very funny, and I think there’s great potential in bringing in a new guest star as the client each season.

  3. Jeff says:

    Pleasantly surprised to see the series coming back. It seemed like a limited series, a rare comedic one at that, plus it had a finite beginning and satisfactory finale that wrapped up everything. Granted they’ll probably solve a new case now, but I hope the Hendersons (John Lithgow and Krysta Rodriguez) won’t be too far away.

  4. Zack says:

    Wish Mr. Greenblatt would stop making so many shows that only he and his friends want to watch–which will inevitably be cancelled when the ratings further plummet. If you can’t create something as good as The Office or Modern Family, keep at it until you do. I love dark humor, and this ain’t it.

    • Kate says:

      Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean that others don’t. If you like dark humor than just stick with that and let the rest of us enjoy Trial and Error because it’s absolutely fantastic!!!

  5. cadavra says:

    Excellent news. Such a fine cast deserves more room to amuse us.

  6. Gary says:

    I dig this show and big news.glad they picked them both up

  7. Riley says:

    Thankful that Trial & Error was finally picked up for a 2nd season! It was by far the best comedy this last year! Looking forward to season 2, 3, 4, 5…

    • Randitina says:

      Totally agree. Aside from “Modern Family,” it was my favorite network comedy series. Oh how I miss “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Parks and Rec”.

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