Rosewood Season 1 Episode 1: An Insult to Beethoven

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‘Rosewood’ review: Morris Chestnut too good for DOA procedural.

So it makes sense that FOX’s Rosewood takes advantage of that, starting with the opening scene. After years of supporting roles on a number of successful TV series (Nurse Jackie, Legends) and in movies (The Perfect Guy, The Best Man Holiday), Morris Chestnut is now a leading man, heading up Fox’s new procedural as a pathologist who helps solve Miami’s most sensational crimes.In Fox’s new procedural “Rosewood,” star Morris Chestnut, playing the irrepressible Miami pathologist Beaumont Rosemont Jr., flashes his pearly whites so frequently that I began to wonder if he was trying to send me a message via Morse Code. The whole gang is there: the ocean, the trees that line the ocean, the surprisingly manicured running trail that cuts through the trees that line the ocean, and of course, Dr. It was created by Todd Harthan, here reworking the mismatched crime-solving duo formula of his previous show, “Psych.” STORY: Morris Chestnut stars as Dr.

She was the student body president, and it was her duty to inform her fellow students what was for lunch along with making other school announcements. “Dancing was great. Chestnut, a reliably charming presence on screens small and large, is by far the best the thing about this painfully conventional procedural that borrows aethestically from “Miami Vice,” right down to Rosewood’s candy-colored T-shirt-and-blazer combo and the Art Deco font of the credits, and narratively from every other forensic drama/buddy detectives/Sherlockian show that ever existed. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., a brillliant private pathologist with a terminal heart affliction who can divine a person’s secrets from tiny medical details — a blemish, say, or a trace of yellow in the white of an eye. I got to travel the world, to Japan, all over Europe,” Ortiz told Fox News Latino recently. “I was the only person in my class traveling internationally on the weekends and coming back to school, which was pretty awesome.

There’s the grouchy police administrator, the sassy co-worker (here she’s also his sister), and even a precocious neighbor kid. (I will give “Rosewood” points for a more diverse cast than most.) Rosewood is a private pathologist who hustles consulting cases away from the Miami Police Department’s apparently third-rate in-house forensics unit through medical knowledge and deductive reasoning but mostly sheer cult of personality. I think I grew up really fast because of that.” Ortiz, 28, danced professionally for more than a decade before falling in love with acting a couple of years ago. After happening on a broken body of a man on the crushed hood of a sports car — he was seemingly pushed to his death by a hooker — Rosewood quickly diagnoses a suicide spurred by incurable cancer, and then points out to the impressed crowd the enormous billboard for his services just above the crime scene.

In the premiere, Rosewood takes over the investigation into the drowning death of a young woman and, in his high-tech loft-like lab that could double as a nightclub, determines that she was murdered. Rosewood’s (Rosie to his friends) attention is drawn to the sky — helicopters above signal that crime is afoot, and that’s how we’re launched into the series.

I’ve been around a long time … and primarily, I’ve placed it on myself to get better as an actor so that when I’m in certain roles, people can see I’m not at home waiting for the phone to ring. He teams up the new detective in town, Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), quite against her will at first, to solve the case, which has something to do with girls in bikinis and drug smugglers and yachts because this is Miami. CRITICS SAY: “Even viewers looking for a low-attention-required procedural may find ‘Rosewood’ played-out and mediocre,” James Poniewozik wrote in The Times. “But at least its argument for itself is simple, like the case for living in a warm climate: Who cares if the forecast is predictable if it’s this sunny?” Elsewhere: Most reviewers predicted Fox would pull the plug on “Rosewood” before long, calling the show pathologically dumb and in need of its own autopsy. On Wednesday night, Ortiz makes her professional acting debut on Fox’s “Rosewood,” opposite Morris Chestnut. “I always wanted to play a role with so much range like [Det.

You’re never going to pin those murders on me.” Of course, this is all just in service of establishing Villa’s grudging respect for Rosewood and their requisite simmering sexual tension. Actually, by his own assessment, he’s the “Beethoven of private pathology.” From afar, he suspects that the murder at hand may not be as it seems.

But Rosewood’s charisma and fine physical presence mask a dark secret: When Villa, who has her own tragedy in her past, informs Rosewood that he’s obsessed with death, he reveals he was born with holes in heart that will undoubtedly kill him one day soon. This twist is supposed to give his character some depth and drive, but I can’t imagine “Rosewood,” despite its cushy pre-“Empire” time slot, won’t die first.

What else is new on Wednesday night? “Empire” returns to Fox at 9 p.m. for its second season following “Rosewood.” “Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance” begins at 8 p.m. on CBS. That alone might carry you through the hour and into “Empire.” WHY YOU MIGHT NOT: Fancy medical terms like purpura and petechia aside, the cases are not very intriguing.

Seems a little arrogant and hasty.” In the following scenes, we’re introduced to Rosie’s sister, Pippy (played by Gabrielle Dennis) and his mother, Donna (played by Lorraine Toussaint). Nora used to be a student of Donna’s, and it’s in the brief moments that we see Lorraine Toussaint on screen that we are reminded just how wonderful of an actress she is.

Ortiz’s Villa is partnered with him. “[Rosewood] is charming and smart and super optimistic – which really gets on her nerves,” Ortiz said. “But together they solve crimes in Miami. They are complete opposite people, but they realize they need each other to get the job done.” She continued: “It’s not your typical cookie-cutter procedural.

After I read the script and said I was interested, the director and show runner of the pilot called me and they were like, “Listen, we really are interested in you or the show but our concern is, we haven’t seen you be comedic and have fun in a role since Two Can Play That Game. It’s all about the relationships, and it’s less about solving the crimes.” Ortiz said getting ready for the role was a lot of fun, especially that she has a “cheat sheet” in her dad, who is a New York Police Department detective. “I call my dad constantly. ‘How do I talk to this victim? The duo finally come together on a boat party with a man who keeps referring to himself as “305.” Obviously that’s the Miami area code, but something in my heart keeps telling me that there’s some Pitbull copyright infringement in there somewhere. There was a point when I started acting … that I dyed my hair blonde, and I considered sticking blue contacts in my eyes because I didn’t see myself on TV.

If any one of them wanted to do it, I would go to the writer’s room and say, ‘Hey, we need to make this happen.’ I would love for any one of them to come on. The trickiest part of Rosewood is not the procedural format of the show — procedurals have thrived since the dawn of time, or at least the dawn of television dramas.

The episode teeters about, leaning one minute toward the humor of Psych, the next toward the gravity of Dexter, and then finishing the cycle by emulating the sexy, action-packed Miami Vice, while never quite getting to the point of being as good as any of the three. Rosewood faces the same issue as its main character — it showed up with a problem from moment go and with a very limited timeline to remedy it, and the clock’s already ticking.

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