This Week in #POCtv: Rosewood
However, I kinda wish it hadn't been a show like Rosewood.
Chestnut plays Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, a private pathologist living the hi-life in Miami, complete with the nice suits, the flashy car, the chic digs, and the fly successful paramour (portrayed by Nicole Ari Parker, no less). So right there we have a successful, educated black man, which wins the show mad props...even if his health is on borrowed time.
Moving on to his latest gig; Rosewood is friend to the police captain who unofficially teams him up with Det. Annalise Villa, a tough Latina who's still recovering from the loss of her husband by resisting therapy and punching out dudes at the club (apparently).
So right there, we a brown woman lead who's strong, fabulous, and take care of herself. Again, mad points.
Of course...we still have the cliche of a man and woman pairing up to solve crimes, with one more eager to work as a team than other (think Castle, Minority Report, X-Files, etc.), and supposedly wrestling with their simmering, just-below-the-surface "chemistry".
What makes Rosewood a plus for me to watch is the casting. For starters, Jaina Lee Ortiz stars opposite Morris Chestnut as Det. Villa, and she's doing a damn good job. She's playing that woman who seems somewhat "together" on the outside, and yet broken on the inside, so I'm really hoping we at least get a full season to see what she's all about.
I literally squealed at the sight of the beautiful Gabrielle Dennis when I realized she'd be playing Pippy Rosewood, Beaumont's younger sister. Pippy assists Beaumont in his lab, running tests and such, along with her cute and quirky fiancee Tara Milly Izikoff.
|Anna Konkle as Tara|
I'm a little disappointed that three episodes in and we still don't know more about this couple though; I love how they are carefree and comfortable; they get to be blissfully in love, work good jobs and they don't deal with any bullshit from family (at least not the Rosewoods). They are one this show's main saving graces and we really need to see more of them.
Lorraine Toussaint graces the show like royalty; as Donna Rosewood, she's the matriarch of the Rosewood family, a loving mom, and a school principal with a very good memory of her students. I love, love, love seeing her interact with her kids 'cause she clearly dotes on them. After her scary-ass role on Orange is the New Black, it was so very comforting to see her play a character like this.
There really is no shortage of WOC in this show. Nicole Ari Parker guest stars as Dr. Kat Crawford, a woman separated from her husband (hence her dalliance with Beaumont Rosewood). However, the second episode revealed she happens to be Det. Villa's therapist, so already I foresee the inevitable friction between these two professional women as they clash over a man. *rolls eyes* Not to mention, this whole black-men-are-only-to-attracted-slender-light-skinned-women trope is getting tired.
Either way, I still hope we get a full season. It would give the writers time to work out the kinks. Anyone else watching Rosewood? What did you think?