Rosewood- Pilot

Starring: Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Lorraine Toussaint, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle

FOX’s newest drama is basically a really tame version of the model that FOX already employs with Bones, and basically the same structure even as Sleepy Hollow, Minority Report, and yes, The X-Files. What works about Rosewood is that Morris Chestnut has charisma for days, and really works as a series lead. He can carry an entire show. He’s handsome, charming, funny, and Rosewood is actually a great showcase for his talent.

What doesn’t work is that its just more of the same. So, why Rosewood? I didn’t feel like the twist was so compelling that I had to watch it, nor am I honestly that big a fan of Chestnut. Jaina Lee Ortiz is alright as his #2, but she needs some time to grow. She’s nowhere near where Stana Katic was in the first episode of Castle. She honestly pales in comparison right now, which is not a good thing.

Rosewood is one of those unoffensively mediocre shows that could really stay on the air for years, as people love their crime solving procedurals. There’s nothing in this formula to make me believe that we won’t be talking about Season 7 of Rosewood years from now. That’s a good thing.

While this show isn’t really my thing, as I prefer linear storytelling to procedural storytelling, Rosewood feels like it could be someone’s favorite new show. It’s just not mine. Oh, and if you’re going to bother to cast the legendary Lorraine Toussaint, who is a phenomenal actress, please actually give her something to do.


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