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Fall TV: ‘Rosewood’ needs a lot more Miami spice

Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. and Jaina Lee Ortiz as detective Annalise Villa in “Rosewood.”
Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. and Jaina Lee Ortiz as detective Annalise Villa in “Rosewood.” FOX

New show: Rosewood

When: 8 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox

Cast: Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis, Lorraine Toussaint

Premise: The unconventional “Beethoven of private pathologists,” Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Chestnut), can always figure out whodunnit when murders happen in Miami. He’s also always getting under the skin of by-the-book police detective Annalise Villa (Ortiz), who is secretly kind of interested in him.

Yes, it’s the old opposites-attract-and-solve-crimes-together motif that we’ve seen so many times before. Producers also throw in a little of the brilliant-mind-who-can’t-function-well-in-society template that propelled shows such as “House.” (Chestnut’s Rosewood can be annoying. His meet-cute with Villa includes his advice that she needs to eat more fruit.)

On the positive side, kudos to Fox for “Rosewood’s” diverse cast, which the network clearly hopes will pair well with “Empire” at 9 p.m. The Miami backdrop also is nice, and Chestnut and Ortiz have a decent chemistry.

But the writers do them no favors with a series of clunker lines – “I’m the cop and you’re the medical examiner,” “We’re not partners – get that straight” and “When you lose the love of your life, you love your life less.”

“Rosewood” isn’t a horrible show. Alas, it’s just not a memorable one, either.

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