Chenoweth will portray a heiress named Lavinia Peck-Foster who is accused of murdering her husband and stuffing him inside a suitcase. The second season will follow the murder case through its trial as Chenoweth is defended by Josh Segal (Nicholas D'Agosto) and his associates as they did in Season 1 for John Lithgow's character.
"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."
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"We are delighted to have such a comedic powerhouse join our show," said 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."
The premiere date for Season 2 of Trial & Error will be announced at a later date.
Chenoweth is best known for starring in stage productions such as Wicked, Promises and On the Twentieth Century and recently appeared in television series American Gods. She is set to star in a stage adaptation of 1992 film Death Becomes Her.
By Wade Sheridan
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.