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ROSEWOOD, Season 2, Morris Chestnut & more!

Morris Chestnut joined by LeToya Luckett and Eddie Cibrian in

Morris Chestnut stars in the Thursday night FOX drama, ROSEWOOD

Morris Chestnut stars in the Thursday night FOX drama, ROSEWOOD

Season Two of ROSEWOOD
Premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c on FOX

Series Stars include Jaina Lee Ortiz, Lorraine Toussaint, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle and Domenick Lombardozzi

Dr. Beaumont “Rosy” Rosewood JR (Morris Chestnut) is a top pathologist living in Miami, FL. Brilliant, cool with tons of charisma, Rosewood works alongside tough-as-nails Detective Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz), to uncover clues that no one else sees, and help the Miami PD solve its most challenging cases.

Joining Rosewood in his practice are his sister and “toxicology queen,” Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis); and DNA specialist Tara Milly Izikoff aka TMI (Anna Konkle), who is Pippy’s former fiancée. Rosewood’s mom, Donna (Lorraine Toussaint), retired from her high school principal position, divorced her husband and joined her children in the lab as a sometimes-overly involved co-worker.

Rounding out the cast is Detective Ira Hornstock (Domenick Lombardozzi), who is a great team leader but is terrible at managing his own life, and East Miami Police’s newest member, Captain Ryan Slade (Eddie Cibrian, “Baby Daddy,” “CSI: Miami”), a man with a mysterious past, who will both challenge and complicate an already messy situation between Rosewood and Villa.

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Plagued with his own set of medical ailments, Rosewood believes that every moment of life, no matter how small, should be embraced and lived to the fullest. This heightened awareness allows him to see details on bodies that others cannot. But what drives him most are the victims who are stripped of life’s moments.

As Season One came to a close, the decks were cleared for Rosie and Villa to finally act on their feelings. Rosie stumbled on some information that forced him to embark on his own private investigation without Villa, and what he found could change their relationship forever. Created by Todd Harthan (TV’s Crash, Psych, Dominion), he describes ROSEWOOD as a dynamic family drama with widespread appeal, connecting to audiences through the show’s victim scenarios and strong cast.

This season, Rosewood and Villa go to New York City to solve the murder of her husband, Eddie, and will take on cases involving college fraternities, plastic surgery, treasure-hunting and Santeria.

I spoke with Chestnut recently about the secrets of his success—his Hollywood career spans more than two decades. The consummate professional of film, TV and stage is among only a handful of African American male leads in primetime. Chestnut entered Hollywood in a very big way, cast as “Ricky” in John Singleton’s Boyz in the Hood (1991), starring Ice Cube, centered on inner city turmoil in South Central Los Angeles. Chestnut has worked continually since.

The husband and father says his approach to and process of the work are among his trademarks, “I’ve been around a long time. One of the aspects I love most is peeling away at the script to find the core of a character. I love the pace of television because you are constantly working. With film, conversely, I love the slower pace of this environment because you get more time to develop character nuances.”

Further, he acknowledges that his long held work ethic has served him well. “If I were to describe it I’d say I do everything I can to be dependable, timely, effective and cost conscious when it comes to this industry. Honestly, I was not drawn to Hollywood for fame or to be seen. Rather I wanted a non-traditional career that was not defined by a 9 to 5 schedule.”

Often embarrassed when fans fawn over his perennial good looks, Chestnut says he is committed to a healthy lifestyle, “I get rest, sleep, don’t drink and work out regularly.”

LeToya Luckett

LeToya Luckett

LeToya Luckett (“Destiny’s Child”) will play a new love interest for Chestnut’s Dr. Rosewood in season two, premiering Thursday, September 22, 8/7c on the FOX network. Eddie Cibrian comes aboard as the new captain shaking things up at the East Miami Police Department. Miami’s young, hot-shot mayor gets personally involved when his promising young mentee is mysteriously murdered.

More on Letoya Luckett:

Luckett began singing in her church’s children’s choir and went on to become an integral member of Destiny’s Child. She remained with the group for seven years, earning two Grammy Awards for the single “Say My Name.” Luckett’s self-titled debut album, “LeToya,” was certified Platinum. Her 2009 collection, “Lady Love,” featured the songs “Not Anymore,” “She Ain’t Got…” and “Regret.” Her third album is set for release later this year.

In addition to music, Luckett made her professional acting debut in JD Lawrence’s 2008 play, “Rumors.” In 2010, she made her film debut in “Preacher’s Kid.” She also appeared in the romantic comedy “Killers,” starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. In 2011 and 2012, Luckett had a recurring role on the cable series “Treme” and appeared in the film “Note To Self.” In 2013, she starred alongside Taraji P. Henson and Tom Felton in the feature “From the Rough,” starred in the series “For Richer or Poorer” and had a recurring role on the series “Second Generation Wayans.” In 2014 and 2015, she starred in the cable hit “Single Ladies” and had a recurring role on the cable series “Ballers.” Luckett also appears in the upcoming film “Until We Meet Again,” with Janel Parrish and Jackson Rathbone.

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