Trial & Error stars Nicholas D’Agosto (Masters Of Sex) as the fresh-out-of-law-school attorney Josh Segal, whose big-time law firm uses him as cannon fodder when a potentially lucrative homicide defense implodes into a case that’s not only pro bono but hopeless.
The defendant accused of murdering his spouse, a philandering poetry professor played by John Lithgow, has eccentricities verging on the sociopathic—he interrupted his 911 call reporting his wife’s death to chat with a cable installer—and an unfortunate tendency toward forgetfulness. (Say, did I mention the still-unsolved death of my first wife?)
Beyond the more-than-possible guilt of his client, the other obstacles to Josh’s defense efforts are a team that includes an investigator (Steven Boyer, Law & Order) fired by the local cops after fatally shooting up his own car and a bumbling paralegal (Sherri Shepherd, 30 Rock) whose dysfunctional mental quirks run the gamut from frequent fainting spells to an inability to remember faces so profound that she has to slap Post-It sticker name tags onto the rest of the staff. “I recognize penises, though,” she says brightly, ever the glass-half-full gal, writes Glenn Garvin.