Why Rosewood Should Be Renewed Right Now
Rosewood is the show to watch.
You might think it’s another police-procedural drama and you’d be wrong. The series stars the talented Morris Chestnut (The Best Man) as pathologist Beaumont Rosewood Jr. Rosewood is of the few shows on TV that can’t be classified as just one genre.
You’ll find aspects of medical, mystery, suspense, comedy, romance, bits of satire and pop culture…sometimes all in one episode! There is literally something for everyone to love. Bonus points for appealing to PoC families.
Both main characters are PoCs. Rosie is Black and his partner Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) is Cuban. Their families each provide such an accurate glimpse of life, I find myself reliving the past because I share some of the same experiences growing up as a WoC.
Different but the same, Donna Rosewood (Lorraine Toussaint) and Daisie Villa (Lisa Vidal) will no doubt remind you of your own mother.
The Villas and the Rosewoods are like peanut butter and jelly. Better together.
Don’t compare this series to Bones, Castle or CSI! It’s completely different…in a good way.
Thanks to Villa and Pippy.
Ortiz’s portrayal of Detective Annalise Villa is easily game-changing Latina narratives. Her cop origin story is generic on the surface but digging deeper finds her to be more complex than other badge wearing ladies. She’d rather have Tres Leches than doughnuts!
Villa dismantles stereotypes with her love of opera and symphony, best-friendship with Rosie, non-hostile friendships with other female characters, gifted salsa dancing, and pool playing skills.
Fun fact: Oritz was a professional salsa dancer/instructor for years before Rosewood!
Jaina supplies elevating performance layers to Villa’s potentially one-note storyline. Her journey to happiness is long but s2 pushes her forward though one surprising betrayal threatens to halt her progress. She faces truly impossible choices that will bring you to tears. None more evident than 2x22’s cliffhanging ending where Villa poses a final ultimatum to Rosie.
Then there’s Pippy Rosewood (Gabrielle Dennis) who effortlessly transcends being only Rosie’s “little sister.” Your girl is smart! She’s a brilliant toxicologist who had different dreams before landing at Magic City Labs. To heal from heartbreak in s2, she finally follows them.
FYI: She can really sing! Gabrielle Dennis was a member of two singing groups before Rosewood!
Pippy also shuns potentially boxing lesbian stereotypes by staying true to herself and her talents.This matters because her sexuality is merely one watercolor in the painting of this Rosewood.
Her relationships with ex-fianceé Tara (Anna Konkle) Donna and Rosie challenge her, but Pippy finds that love is messy but worth it. And the adult sibling accuracy is on point! Dennis provides such an expert balance between levity and solemnity every scene is a delight to watch.
Goodbye typecasting! You’re not welcome here.
Villa & Pippy are great at their jobs but they aren’t just their jobs. They’re more. They’re everything and they get to own every last vestige of what it means to be themselves. The great, the grim and the ugly.
Their chemistry with Morris alone is enough to watch this show!
Catch up on Netflix and tweet Fox to #RenewRosewood because I’m betting you’re going to want more. Be careful watching Rosie & Villa(Rosilla) scenes though. You might start to ship them. In which case, join the gaggle of fans who can’t wait for them to become official.
Rosewood reflects real life.
We campaign for TV to have more inclusive, diverse and broadcasted narratives yet Rosewood is in danger of being silenced. We should support the representation we claim to seek. Fox’s Rosewood features both PoCs in equal measure. Where else can you find that?
That’s the magic of Rosewood. It’s smart, sexy and exactly what the world needs to see.
Let’s slow-clap for the creators, crew, and cast for outstanding work. Chestnut, Toussaint, Konkle, Sam Huntington, Dominic Lombardozzi, Vidal and Eddie Cibrian.
Now stand up and cheer for Jaina Lee Ortiz and Gabrielle Dennis because, without Rosie’s two favorite ladies, his outlook on life would be dangerously less sunny.