‘Trial & Error’ in Jeopardy, ‘Take Two’
A critical checklist of notable Thursday TV:
Trial & Error (9/8c, NBC): With typically impeccable timing, NBC has reportedly put this hilarious legal mockumentary into limbo just as the second season reaches its pivotal midpoint. Cue the #SaveTrialAndError movement as the show’s studio (Warner Bros.) shops this inspired property to new platforms. Hint: Binge-watching makes Trial & Error even funnier, as the back-to-back scheduling proves yet again this week. In the first half-hour, Dwayne (Stephen Boyer) becomes a prosecution witness and all seems lost for Josh (Nicholas D’Agosto) and drama-queen client Lavinia Peck-Foster (the exquisite Kristin Chenoweth). But another twist sends the story spiraling into an entirely new direction in the following episode, with a guilt-ridden Josh doubting Lavinia’s innocence — especially after a hot-mic moment reminiscent of HBO’s The Jinx.
Take Two (10/9c, ABC): Not quite as knowingly absurd, this lighter-than-air procedural mystery sends moonlighting actress Sam (Rachel Bilson) down memory lane when she and Eddie (Eddie Cibrian) look into the accidental — or is it? — death of Ava Day, star of ’90s sitcom All About Ava. This was the show that gave a younger Sam her first TV break as Ava’s kid sister, and the investigation forces Sam to take another look at events from her past.
Inside Thursday TV: Relive the season’s top moments as NBC’s America’s Got Talent (8/7c) presents “Road to Lives” in advance of next week’s launch of the live shows… Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander, recently revealed as the latest KFC/Colonel Sanders pitchman, is among the celebrity guests on a new episode of ABC’s Match Game (9/8c)… Teresa (Alice Braga) plots to take over drug distribution in Phoenix on USA’s Queen of the South (9/8c), but has to make an unsavory deal to accomplish her goal… The idiot ad men of Comedy Central’s Detroiters (10:30/9:30c) finally land a major client — Little Caesars — but how long before the pizza chain realizes these guys are a few toppings short?