While the murder case of Margaret Henderson has come to a close, NBC believes that Trial & Error still has more stories to tell. According to TVLine, the Peacock Network has renewed the series for a second season.
Season 1 of the mockumentary follows the aftermath of a murder in the small town of East Peck, South Carolina. New York based lawyer Josh Segal (Gotham‘s Nicholas D’Agosto) relocates to the town to defend Larry Henderson (The Crown‘s John Lithgow), an odd poetry professor and enthusiast of “rollercizing”, when he is accused on murdering his beloved wife. As Josh struggles to defend his eccentric client that consistently makes inappropriate comments and appears to be guilty on multiple occasions, he fears that he will lose his first big case. Josh’s team includes lead investigator and former police officer Dwayne Reed (Orange is the New Black‘s Steven Boyer), secretary Anne Flatch (30 Rock‘s Sherri Shepherd), and Larry’s daughter, Summer (Smash‘s Krysta Rodriguez). Glee‘s Jayma Mays co-stars as Carol Anne Keane, the lead prosecutor in the case.
The first season’s finale not only showed Margaret’s face for the first time, but also revealed that Larry did not commit the murder of his wife. Margaret, who turns out to be played by Cedar Cove‘s Andie MacDowell, was killed by an owl that entered the Henderson household through an open door and flew into her, which forced her body through a glass window.
The series held the Tuesday 9/8c and 9:30/8:30c time slots during the 2018 midseason. The premiere on March 14 received approximately 5 million viewers and a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic, including DVR playbacks.
Trial & Error will return midseason with 10 new episodes, which is slightly less than the first season’s 13 episodes. The returning series will be joined in early 2018 by the rookie comedies Champions, produced by Mindy Kaling, and A.P. Bio, produced by Seth Meyers. Other returning comedies set to air on NBC during the 2017-2018 season are Superstore, The Good Place, Great News, and the highly anticipated revival of Will & Grace. The network previously cancelled the Vanessa Hudgen’s workplace sitcom Powerless during its Season 1 run and decided to not air the the final episodes. Chicago Justice, the fourth installment of the Chicago franchise, is currently the only NBC show to not know its fate.
The new season of Trial & Error will follow a new case, but will hopefully include the same team members and their crazy mishaps.