Morris Chestnut is returning to television with the new FOX procedural "Rosewood." The blend of comedy and drama is something he's excited to share with the world when it premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
"We have everything in 'Rosewood.' We have humor, wit, sex appeal, we have drama -- I mean, we jam-pack a lot into one hour of television," he tells Zap2it while promoting his new movie "The Perfect Guy." It's not just one-note. It's not just comedy all the way through, it's not just drama all the way through; it's a little bit of everything.
Chestnut stars as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., one of Miami’s top private pathologists who works with Det. Annalise Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) on the Miami Police Department’s most challenging cases. Also starring in the project are "Orange Is the New Black's" Lorraine Toussaint as Rosewood's mother and "The Game's" Gabrielle Dennis as his sister.
It's the characters that set "Rosewood" apart from others of its ilk, Chestnut explains. "All of our characters are so colorful and rich -- not just my character," he says. "Everyone's well-represented in the show."
While Chestnut has starred in an array of TV shows in recent years -- from "Nurse Jackie" to "Legends" to "V" -- he is one of the rare "American Horror Story" actors who hasn't returned for another go. He starred in "Murder House" as security officer Luke, and admits he'd like to revisit the anthology series.
"I wish! I want to go back. I need to call Ryan Murphy and say, 'What's up, Ryan? Can you bring another brother back please?'" Chestnut says. "I love working on that show. It's such a scary, thriller-type of show. I wish I can go back. Unfortunately -- well, fortunately -- I'm on 'Rosewood' right now. Maybe we can do a cross show this season."
“Rosewood” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.