Meagan Good returns to 'sexy' in new NBC series 'Mr. Robinson'

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Meagan Good is returning to a role that she knows all too well: playing the “sexy girl.”

But this time, things are a bit different.

Good is smoking-hot English teacher Victoria Weavers on NBC’s new comedy series, Mr. Robinson, which premieres tonight.

The show stars funnyman Craig Robinson (The Office) as a funk musician turned music teacher who helplessly pursues Good’s character while juggling the two jobs.

He’s not the only teacher pulling double-duty. Spencer Grammer’s (Rick and Morty) character is a math teacher by day and a stripper by night. If that isn’t enough, the school principal, played by Peri Gilpin (Frasier), used to be a wild rock band groupie.

But it’s Good, a Wall Street trader turned teacher, who saunters in and out of the teacher’s lounge in form-fitting dresses, to the delight of Robinson’s character.

“In the last couple of years, I had strayed away from kind of playing the sexy girl, and really just trying to re-establish myself as a very serious actor,” she told theGrio.com in a recent interview.

However, Good’s desire to do more comedy roles — after starring in Think Like A Man and Anchorman 2 — prompted her to take on the role anyway, she said.

“I want to do more comedy,” the 33-year-old actress said. “I love comedy because it’s a challenge for me.”

Good’s comedy focus is a shift from earlier in her career, when she often played the sought-after vixen in movies like Roll Bounce, Stomp the Yard and You Got Served.

“So it was really nice to return — in a different way — where it wasn’t just about being sexy, it was about being funny, about being witty and about being quick,” she said of the new comedy sitcom.

Good’s sexiness hasn’t always been well-received.

In the summer of 2013, she was criticized for presenting a Best Gospel Artist award at the BET Awards wearing a blue dress with a plunging neckline that some thought was too revealing. Good has also been outspoken about her faith, and she is married to Hollywood executive and preacher DeVon Franklin, which added to the social media backlash.

Good was initially upset at the criticism, but she said she’s gotten over it.

“When I got married, it was a new wave of judgment,” she said. “It took me by surprise, but at the end of the day, I know who I am.”

Good is now in Vancouver filming the science fiction crime drama TV series Minority Report, where she will play Detective Lara Vega. It will premiere on Sept. 21 on FOX.

“My prayer last year was comedy and action, and that’s exactly what I got,” she said.

Joining Good on the cast of Mr. Robinson is Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) and Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games), who plays one of the students.

Tune in to Mr. Robinson on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Michael J. Feeney is an award-winning journalist and public speaker. Follow him on Twitter @mfeeney.