Newswire: John Lithgow to spoof Making A Murderer and The Jinx for NBC

Having noted—along with some of its rivals—the current trend toward water-cooler-friendly true crime storytelling, NBC has picked up its own pilot about the often-convoluted hunt for justice. But while ABC’s Conviction is taking a dramatic look at the plights of the possibly wrongly accused, NBC is viewing it through the lens of comedy: the peacock network has ordered a pilot for The Trail, in which John Lithgow will play a Robert Durst-esque figure accused of being a cold-blooded murderer.

Given that Lithgow’s past roles evenly split the difference between “bumbling sitcom dad” and “guy who collects people’s skins,” it seems like a pretty perfect role; he’ll be playing poetry professor Larry Henderson, who think it’s absurd that he’s been accused of murdering his wife. Lithgow will be joined by former The View host Sherri Shepherd, playing a member of Henderson’s legal …

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