John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd Board NBC Legal Comedy ‘The Trail’

John Lithgow is returning to NBC.

The former 3rd Rock From a Sun star, as good as former The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, have sealed on to star in a network’s authorised comedy commander The Trail, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The Trail is described as a serialized single-camera comedy following a immature big-city counsel and his oddity invulnerability group during a high-profile murder hearing in a tiny Southern town.

Lithgow will play a male on trial, Larry Henderson. A intelligent though somewhat clueless communication highbrow during a South Carolina village college who is indicted of murdering his wife, Larry finds a whole idea of being charged with murder absurd, though he has a integrate secrets that could unequivocally derail his defense.

Shepherd will play Anne, a well-meaning and eager assistant/receptionist during a temporary law bureau in East Peck, S.C. She suffers from facial blindness — a inability to commend people by their faces — along with a horde of disorders that make her pursuit as a member of Henderson’s invulnerability group most some-more difficult.

The Trail, that NBC picked adult to pilot final month, hails from author and executive producers Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller (Chuck) and executive Jeff Blitz. Warner Bros. Television will furnish in organisation with Barge Productions and Good Session Productions.

This is a network’s latest attempts to find new hits with maestro talent. Cheers star Ted Danson will star in a comedy Good Fortune, that has already been picked adult to series, and other network vets including Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) will also topline pilots for a network, that is perplexing to reconstruct a comedy line-up that now contains usually dual returning array — Undateable, that only wrapped a third season, and sophomore array The Carmichael Show.

Lithgow’s some-more new TV credits embody Dexter, How we Met Your Mother and a stirring Netflix array The Crown. He is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Walter Teller.

Shepherd’s other credits embody her self-titled Lifetime sitcom, Less Than Perfect and The Soul Man. She is repped by ICM Partners and Darris Hatch Management.

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