“We all do genuinely get along. We all do like each other’s company quite a bit, so it’s all the perks of being a family without any of the downside,” admitsÂ Colin Hanks as we chat via webcam (watch above) aboutÂ his fictional brood in CBS’s freshman comedy “Life in Pieces.”Â Hanks plays Greg Short, whose wife Jen gives birth to their first child in the pilot episode. “I enjoyed that that was the introduction to the characters because obviously having two children of my own, I know what that’s like.”
As he recalls, “When my wife and I had our first child, we liked the shows that were about new parents, but we didn’t necessarily want it to see a full half hour show about it because we were living it all the time, so it was fun to be able to play in that world for four, five, or six minutes and then be able to go tell another aspect of the family story.”
That’s because of the show’s unique storytelling format; each episode is divided into four individual segments, which was a big part of what appealed to Hanks about the show: “The chance to do something on network television was something I didn’t necessarily think was going to come up, in that I didn’t think I would find something that engaged me reading it for the first time, but the structure of the show I thought lent itself to being able to tell stories in a really fun way.”
“Life in Pieces” follows another successful foray into television for Hanks: “Fargo,” which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries in 2014 and earned Hanks a nomination for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor. “It was a trip,” he says of the awards experience. “It was my first go round in that world. It was one of those things that I knew was special and doesn’t happen all the time — it happens every year, but it doesn’t happen to you every year.”
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