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After spending much of its first season as a spot-on parody of The Staircase, when Trial & Error returns for its second season, Lady, Killer, it will largely draw inspiration from another iconic true-crime doc: The Jinx.
Kristin Chenoweth joins the cast as Lavinia Peck-Foster, the eccentric First Lady of East Peck whose husband Edgar was found dead in a suitcase in her trunk. "My original idea for Lavinia was to do a female Robert Durst," co-creator Jeff Astrof told TV Guide. "I don't want to give too much away, but there's a few nods to that."
And much like Durst, surprising — and quiet bizarre — layers to Lavinia will be revealed as the season progresses. (Trust us when we say you'll never see some of these twists coming.) But true-crime buffs should also be on the lookout for references to several other genre touchstones, including Making a Murderer, Serial and The Keepers.
That being said, Trial & Error: Lady, Killer is much more than just a collection of winks and nods. Fans should expect some serious original Pecker drama — including a love triangle and pregnancy! — with the fun Easter eggs throughout.
Trial & Error: Lady Killer premieres with back-to-back episodes Thursday, July 19 at 9/8c on NBC.