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Fall TV: ‘Minority Report’ is best when it keeps things light, fun

Meagan Good and Stark Sands team up to fight crime in the future in “Minority Report.”
Meagan Good and Stark Sands team up to fight crime in the future in “Minority Report.” Fox

New show: Minority Report

When: 9 p.m. Mondays on Fox

Cast: Meagan Good, Stark Sands, Wilmer Valderrama

Premise: The 2002 Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise movie gets a TV update. It’s the year 2065, and a Washington detective (Good) gets help from a man (Sands) who can see crimes before they happen.

I’m not really that familiar with the movie, but apparently it featured three children who had the ability to gaze into the future. A government-industrial-judicial conspiracy – isn’t that just always the case? – locked the kids away. For the TV show, these three “precognitives” are now grown and out in the world.

Sands’ character, Dash, is the good one, hoping to actually come to the aid of people. His twin brother, Arthur (Nick Zano), only wants to use his special abilities to make money. And their foster sister, Agatha (Laura Regan), just wants the whole family to continue to lie low.

When the show is sticking to its the-future-is-crazy premise, it can be fun – french fries have been genetically modified to be healthy, selfie drones are the latest fad, pigeons can be used as weapons and “The Simpsons” is still airing (and celebrating its “Season 75 Spectacular”!).

But “Report” drags when it spends too much time on all its “pre-cog,” mumbo-jumbo mythology.

Keep things light, Spielberg (he’s executive producer), and this show may have a future.

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