Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth, most recently on Broadway in My Love Letter to Broadway, will return to the small screen in the second season of NBC’s Trial & Error.
Chenoweth has been cast as Lavinia Peck-Foster, an eccentric heiress known for her flamboyant outfits, large hats, and hairless cat Fluffy. Lavinia calls on Josh Segal and Associates to defend her after she was found with her husband, Edgar, stuffed into a suitcase in the back of her car.
The anthology series will focus on a new offbeat defendant each season; John Lithgow, currently on Broadway in his solo show Stories By Heart, headlined the premiere season. The cast also includes Broadway favorite Krysta Rodriguez, Tony nominee Steven Boyer, Nicholas D'Agosto, Jayma Mays, and Sherri Shepherd.
“I’m excited to slip into a role that feels very right for me at this time,” Chenoweth said in a statement. “Plus, I’m surrounded by genius comedic actors and brilliant writing. I admire John Lithgow so much and want to make him proud by continuing what he began.”
“We are delighted to have such a comedic powerhouse join our show,” added Executive Producer Jeff Astrof. “When we decided we were doing a murderess, we knew there could be only one person big enough to fill John Lithgow’s skates. She was our first choice all along and thankfully for us became available at the right time. Murdering and karaoke in East Peck will never be more fun.”
Chenoweth received a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and earned additional nominations for Wicked and On the Twentieth Century. She won an Emmy for her performance in Pushing Daisies and received a nomination for her guest-starring role in Glee. She is currently attached to a musical adaptation of Death Becomes Her.
The premiere for the second season of Trial & Error will be announced at a later date.