*After seven years, on “The View,” Sherri Shepherd, wasn’t sure people would remember, she’s an actress.
Almost three years after exiting the legendary talk show, she’s starring in NBCs new sitcom “Trial and Error.”
It was a scary feeling, but one she’s felt before. In the 90s, Shepherd worked as a legal secretary in Beverly Hills while doing stand up at night. And 12 days after quitting, she booked her first TV gig.
Not unlike her Beverly Hills job, Shepherd plays (Anne Flatch) a paralegal, receptionist, researcher on a legal defense team. Anne suffers from a host of rare disorders – prosopagnosia, Stendhal syndrome, and alien hand syndrome – to name a few.
“I think it’s every actress’s dream to be able to do something different,” stated the Chicago native.
She hopes this role, though comedic, will help audiences and the industry see a different side of her work, much like “Getting On” did for her close friend.
“I remember when I got it, I called my best friend Neicy Nash, she was doing “Getting On,” that was a game changer…and I said, ‘I think I got one that’s gonna change it.’” This role is a welcomed challenge for the TV personality because it’s about playing truth, not about being funny.
“It’s like “The Office,” but darker, described the comedian.
“Trial and Error” also stars, John Lithgow, as Larry, an eccentric poetry professor accused of killing his wife. And, Nicholas D’Agosto, a young lawyer from New York sent to South Carolina to defend him.
Shepherd is nominated for an Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award, for her role in an indie film called “Jean of the Joneses.” So, it’s safe to say the game has already started to change.
“Trial and Error” premieres on NBC March 14.