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Series / Rosewood

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The Beethoven of private pathologists, by his own admission.
...forensic pathology is not just about how a victim died...It's also about how they lived.
- Dr. Beaumont Darius Rosewood Jr.

Set in Miami, Florida, Rosewood is a combination Forensic Drama and Police Procedural which pairs Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut), affectionately known as "Rosie," a high-spirited pathologist in private practice, with cynical, recently widowed Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) of the East Miami Police Department. Working with Rosie at his "Magic City Lab" are his mother, Donna (Lorraine Toussaint), sister Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis), Pippy's fiancee "TMI" (Anna Konkle), and socially inept technician Mitchie Mendelson (Sam Hutchinson). Villa's superior in Season 1 is Captain Ira Hornstock (Domenick Lombardozzi); at the start of season 2, Hornstock is demoted to detective and Ryan Slade (Eddie Cibrian) is the new captain.

The show was cancelled after two seasons in May of 2017.


This show features examples of:

  • Character Development:
    • Villa gradually becomes less of a cynic, opening up and getting closer to the people around her.
    • Over the course of Season 2, Slade and Hornstock come to respect each other.
  • Color Wash: the show has a very bright, warm-toned color palette, as seen in the page illustration—except in flashbacks, which tend to be cool-toned and Deliberately Monochrome
  • Con Artist: Tawnya, Rosie's love interest for much of Season 2, and her "14-year old daughter" Kayla.
    • After they clean out Rosie's bank accounts, he spends a couple of episodes on a drinking binge.
  • Cool Car: Rosie's bright yellow GTO convertible.
  • Cop and Scientist: Villa and Rosie, though Rosie's eagerness for doing field work with Villa instead of staying at his lab causes her no end of headaches.
  • Crossover: With Bones. Daisy Wick was TMI’s college roommate and assisted on a case.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Rosie's life has been a continuous battle with his health issues.
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    • Villa's husband was murdered.
    • Hornstock has had multiple failed marriages and is estranged from his siblings.
    • Slade grew up in an orphanage, and went through some rough experiences as an undercover agent investigating human trafficking.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rosie, Villa, Pippy, TMI, Mitchie. . . well, pretty much every one of the main characters. East Miami is practically a World of Snark.
  • Female Flatfoot and Snarky Guy: inverted, in that Villa is the snarkier of the two
  • Hiding the Handicap: Rosie has had at least two open heart surgeries, and as of the middle of season 2 is in need of a kidney transplant, but you'd never know it by the way he acts or how vigorously he works out.
    The human heart... best built machine not built by man. It's a beautiful thing, even when it's sick, flawed, like mine. I love this life, every single moment. But my challenge is to stay on this earth for as long as I can and soak it up. I test this machine of mine every chance I get, push it to its absolute limits. That's why I run.
  • Large Ham: Rosie: "Who's the man? Rhetorical question—we all know it's me."
    • Captain Slade as well: "Teamwork makes the dream work!"
  • Mama Bear/Team Mom: Donna
  • The Nicknamer: When Villa and Rosie enlist the help of some medical students to reinvestigate a cold case, they give them all nicknames on first sight. We never do learn their real names.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: there is no "East Miami." The only thing east of Miami is the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Pollyanna: Rosie, who Villa often accuses of "seeing the world through Rosie-colored glasses."
  • The Power of Friendship: A recurring theme in the interactions between the main characters.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Rosie is this in the lab, Captain Ryan Slade at the precinct.
  • The Rival:
    • Slade is this with respect to Hornstock when he becomes precinct captain after Hornstock's demotion.
    • Rosie's rival is his health.
  • Rule of Cool: Invoked In-Universe when Villa confiscates a gym bag full of money from a suspect and slashes it open, causing the cash to fall out.
    Rosie: Could have used the zipper.
    Villa: The knife was way cooler.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Rosie, whose sartorial splendor contrasts with Villa's Unkempt Beauty.
  • Sherlock Scan: Both Rosie and Villa are pretty good at picking up on small details
  • Show Within a Show: "White Matter and The Ways Back." is centered around a former child star who played the protagonist in a beloved 1990s Sitcom. Mitchie even sings a snippet of the Theme Tune:
    When you're feeling lost and all alone/Hold on to your friends, and you'll be home/The ones who have been there know it's a fact/The only way forward is to find.....The Ways Back.
  • The Summation: Once an Episode, usually delivered by Rosie.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: present between Rosie and Villa from the start, even though both had other romantic involvements over the course of the series.
    • Left Hanging: In the final episode of Season 2, Villa announced that she was leaving Miami and asked Rosie (whose feelings for Villa were coming to the surface) to give her a reason to stay.
  • Warm Place, Warm Lighting: The series takes place in Miami, a city with a very warm climate. The second season was shot through a warm yellow filter.