The status of Trial & Error is quickly becoming one of the more intriguing mysteries not only at NBC, but across all of TV in general.
Here’s where things stand right now for the series, which stars Nicholas D’Agosto, Jayma Mays, and (at least for this season) Kristin Chenoweth. According to Deadline, the option for NBC to renew the series for a third season has officially expired, which means that the rights to future episodes have reverted back over to studio Warner Bros. TV. They now have an opportunity to sell the serialized crime / comedy series to another possible suitor.
Could NBC still end up airing the series again? Sure, given that they have picked up shows late before like with Timeless. The contracts for the cast are still active, so that does make things a little bit easier for a buyer. Yet, we do think that this is the sort of super-serialized series that is actually better suited for a streaming service like a Netflix, a Hulu, or an Amazon.
One of the things that could really benefit Trial & Error moving forward is that there’s an opportunity to continue to cast really big names in prominent roles every season. Chenoweth was the headliner for the second season, while before that John Lithgow was the star of season 1. If they can find another top-tier actor to do a third season, it will likely go a long way to get this show a much bigger brand. It’s great that NBC renewed the series, but it isn’t exactly getting the best treatment this summer, airing without a ton of awareness at a time of the year when there just isn’t all that much enthusiasm for scripted content. It feels so much better suited for a home where it can be a little bit edgier and air all at once. It would be funny if it ends up at Netflix, given that so much of the series seems to be spoofing Making a Murderer.
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