‘Trial & Error’: WB to Shop Elsewhere After NBC’s Renewal-Cancellation Deadline Lapses

NBC has not formally passed on a third season of the true crime mockumentary series

Trial and Error
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NBC’s option on “Trial & Error” has lapsed, and Warner Bros. Television is now planning to shop the comedy to other outlets, TheWrap has learned.

According to an individual familiar with the matter, NBC has not formally passed on renewing the true crime mockumentary series, meaning the network could still be in play for a third season, but the studio is now free to explore other options.

For the currently-airing second season, NBC shifted the show from weekly installments in the spring to hourlong blocks in the summer, where it has suffered some losses in viewership. However, the show is only two weeks into its 10-episode run, which is likely why NBC has yet to make a decision about a renewal.

The comedy, led by Nicholas D’Agosto and Kristin Chenoweth in Season 2, is a send up of “Making a Murderer”-style true crime docu-series. Season 1 starred John Lithgow as a bumbling fool accused of murdering his wife in a parody of the 2004 French miniseries “The Staircase” (which has since made its way to Netflix).

Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Amanda Payton also star in the second season, subtitled “Lady, Killer.” Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller are as writers and executive producers along with director Jeffrey Blitz.