The new TV series Trial and Error is a mock crime documentary about poetry professor Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) who’s been accused of murdering his wife Margaret. While he’s not taking the murder charge very seriously, his young lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto) is. Josh travels from New York to South Carolina to represent Henderson. There Josh hires a kooky investigator and legal researcher.
Legal researcher Anne Flatch is portrayed by Sherri Shepherd, who was a legal secretary in real life before pursuing her standup comedy and acting career in 1990. She’s known for her roles on Rosewood (Dr. Anita Eubanks), K.C. Undercover (Agent Beverly), How I Met Your Mother (Daphne), 30 Rock (Angie Jordan), Less Than Perfect (Ramona Platt), Everybody Loves Raymond (Robert’s partner Sergeant Judy), Emeril (Melva LeBlanc), The Jamie Foxx Show (Sheila Yarborough), and Suddenly Susan (Miranda Charles), among others. Shepherd is also recognized as a host on The View and from the film Precious (Cornrows). Trial and Error airs Tuesdays at 10pm on NBC.