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Hollywood Notebook: Meagan Good loving role on ‘Minority Report;’ Colin Hanks shares family stories

Meagan Good and Stark Sands star in “Minority Report.”
Meagan Good and Stark Sands star in “Minority Report.” TNS

The Fox TV series “Minority Report,” just like the Tom Cruise movie on which it’s based, looks at a future world where crimes can be stopped before they are committed. It’s done through a trio with special powers.

Meagan Good plays the detective who taps into that psychic power to solve crimes. The California native has had a lot of different roles, including the short-lived NBC sitcom “Mr. Robinson” and the dark drama “Deception.”

Being the lead actress in “Minority Report’ is particularly exciting for Good, who joins a growing list of minorities in lead roles on TV shows.

“The character is very colorless. And the cast, even though we are multicultural and we are very diverse, we are just living, breathing characters. And it’s always a blessing, when people hire you just for being good at what you do and bringing what you bring to the character,” Good says. “I think it has been, definitely, an incredible year for minorities as well, and I’m excited and blessed to be in the forefront of that, and, hopefully, that will just continue to manifest and be something we see more often.”

This is her first big leap into the world of science fiction. That means she’s had to learn how to use some very futuristic tools as part of her investigation.

“It’s a lot to learn,. Everything from how the gadgets work, what they are supposed to do specifically. Even with the hand movements, it’s literally a science and almost, kind of, an alphabet of what the language is,” Good says. “It’s a really, really interesting role. It’s been really, really fun, and also to know a lot of these things are potentially going to exist in the future”

She points to the selfie drone shown in the first episode. It comes off a person’s wrist and goes into the air to offer a wider view for a photo.

You can see Good’s work and all the high-tech toys when “Minority Report” airs 9 p.m. Mondays on FOX.

Family matters

Colin Hanks has become a busier actor than his Oscar-winning father, Tom Hanks. Since the start of 2014, he’s been on the TV shows “Fargo,” “Bad Teacher,” “Mom,” “What Lives Inside,” “Talking Tom and Friends” and “Drunk History.” Toss in the film “Vacation,” and that’s lots of time on the job.

His latest job is on the CBS comedy “Life In Pieces.” The role has been a great fit for him because its an ensemble series, which means he gets to spend more time with his own family. That helps him play a new father on the show.

“It definitely helps if you’ve gone through an experience personally to be able to mine your personal experiences and remember what that’s like. That definitely helps in any sort of role,” Hanks says.

The writers are willing to listen to his life stories to add elements to the script. Hanks told the writers and producers about his own experience of driving home for the first time with his wife and newborn child. Both parents cried all the way home because they were so happy.

That story was written into the first episode. He is happy to be part of a production that is open to such input.

“It’s one of those scenarios, too, where we have an incredibly great writing staff that has already been put together, so everybody’s got stories,” Hanks says. “The thing that makes the show really unique, is that at any given stage in your adulthood within your family, there are these different chapters, these different eras of your life that you’re able to mine. This is a show in which we’re able to explore all of those, from teenage years all the way up until your twilight years, and so there’s a little something for everybody.”

“Life in Pieces” airs 8:30 p.m. Mondays on CBS.

Other news

Back to work: As the popularity of Disney’s “Descendants” grows around the world, a sequel script has been commissioned from the movie’s screenwriters, Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon.

“Descendants” is a modern-day coming-of-age adventure about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains. The cast includes Dove Cameron as Mal, Cameron Boyce as Carlos, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Sofia Carson as Evie, Mitchell Hope as Ben and Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent.

Talk talk: Faith Hill will be the co-executive producer for a new daytime talk show, teaming up with former “Oprah” co-executive producer and OWN executive Lisa Erspamer.

Based in Nashville and shot in a modern farmhouse-style home, the program will be an informative, southern-inspired celebration of everyday living and activities.

Kellie Pickler will be the first host.

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