“Rosewood” (FOX) pilot preview: Another DOA boring procedural we don’t need…

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Written & produced by Todd Harthan (Psych, Crash, The Kill Point). Co-produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (Revenge, Twilight). Directed by Richard Shephard (Girls, Ringer, Dom Hemingway). For FOX, 20th Century FOX Television & Temple Hill Entertainment (57 pages).

Description: The brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. is the top private pathologist in Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death, Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides…

With Morris Chestnut (V, Legends, Nurse Jackie, American Horror Story), Jaina Lee Ortiz, Maggie Elizabeth Jones (We bought a zoo, Ben & Kate), Gabrielle Dennis (The Game, Blue Mountain State), Anna Konkle

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Gosh! If Rosewood gets a series order instead of Lucifer, FOX’s new bosses will deserve to burn in hell! I might be over dramatic, I probably won’t even watch Lucifer myself past the pilot, but I really think it has a chance to shine because it’s effortlessly light, fun, sexy and well… I already told you all about it (Read the preview). Rosewood tries to be all of those things but way too hard, plus it’s another example of diversity pushed a little too far. Our hero is an african-american, and that’s totally OK. He has an (obviously african-american) sister, who is a lesbian. That’s a lot but it’s OK too. And his new partner is, of course, a hot chica latina. Isn’t it too much? In Miami, it totally makes sense. But is Rosewood just an excuse to make yet another -boring- procedural, but with a diverse cast this time? I suspect it is. I’m all for diversity, but not when it’s just for the sake of it. Or I’m just tired of it after reading so many pilots doing the exact same thing, because it has now become an obligation it seems. For all those reasons, and some more, I think FOX can do better than that and should forget about it!

Rosewood is like Bones, but with less bones and more flesh. You have your predictable autopsy scenes when the so smart and cocky medical examiner always find the creepiest thing in the most unexpected part of the victim’s body that leads the investigation towards some strange guy, who turns out to be just strange, but who gives a very important information without even knowing it that leads to another suspect… and so on, until they discover the killer was the victim’s jealous yoga teacher! It’s not exactly what happens, but you get the idea. We’ve seen it all a thousand times and I don’t even understand how so many people are still looking for just that on TV. But it seems they do. Less and less, but still. They’re enough to stimulate the network’s creative teams around new projects that are just painfully old. Rosewood is already 10 years old when the pilot ends. The dynamic of the duet at the center is like Castle‘s, The Mentalist‘s or Forever‘s and the central character, Beaumont Rosewood, is a new iteration of Gregory House, without the humor that made him so unique, unforgettable and irreplaceable (and it’s not a fan speaking!). And let’s not forget Morris Chestnut is a bad actor, and certainly not FOX’s first choice (otherwise, they would have cast him as the american Luther!). But hey, more talented black actors had 10 other offers, probably more interesting than this one. So here we are…

Rosewood is DOA. Dead on arrival. It’s boring and it has zero originality -except if you consider diversity as an originality of some sort. Forever had an immortal hero, that helped building a mythology around him, playing with time, secrets… Lucifer, well… it’s the king of Hell! That’s different! Rosewood is just a sick pathologist helping a poor female cop while hoping getting inside her pants sooner or later. Like dear Valerie Cherish would say: “I don’t need to see that!“. And you don’t either, believe me.

One comment

  1. darci says:

    I really like Morris Chestnut so I was pretty excited for this show, but the pilot was a bit uneasy…it was like they were trying way too hard to establish all the quirks of his character. I will say this though, I thought the same thing about the first few episodes of Hannibal, and that ended up being a really good show…so I’ll give it a chance. Oh and I also loved how they used “Go” by The Chemical Brothers during the opening scene – that’s one of my favorite running songs, too I’m glad Rosewood and I think alike.

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