Bae Watch: Morris Chestnut Talks FOX’s ‘Rosewood’ Leading Role

Viewers certainly won’t complain of the latest dosage of chocolate slated to take over your Wednesday nights. In a refreshing new Fall lineup, FOX debuts a new series starring Morris Chestnut in the medical drama, Rosewood. The Todd Harthan created series is a hybrid of comedy, drama, and real-life situations with a gorgeous Miami backdrop, as The Best Man actor plays the title character, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, or “Rosie.”

Fresh off The Perfect Guy success, who’s number one in the box office for two consecutive weeks, September is shaping up to be a successful one for the California native. Debuting his first leading role in a TV series, Chestnut plays the cocky, charming and uber-suave pathologist-for-hire, solving crimes with Miami P.D along side the fiesty Jaina Lee Ortiz and Gabrielle Dennis (The Game.)

At the Chicago VIP screening of the drama, co-star Lorraine Toussant, who plays Chestnut’s mother, blushed about the new series, calling it, “a complex story and procedural. It’s Miami; it’s hot, it’s sexy, it’s Morris Chestnut! And it’s smart. My ten year old refers to the character Rosewood as “the smart guy.” It’s intellectually stimulating, sexy, very funny and even heartbreaking. The family aspect of it is very real, we get very real, we’re a modern black family and we have those modern black family issues- my daughter’s a lesbian and she’s getting married, I’m getting divorced from my husband, it’s real life.”

Premiering just before the FOX juggernaut second season premiere of Empire, this Wednesday at 8:00pm, Rosewood is sure to become a Wednesday night staple.

The Source caught up with the 46-year-old as he got candid about his new show, what he’d be if he wasn’t an actor and more. – Angela Wilson (@SheisAngela)

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The Source: Congratulations on your new FOX show, Rosewood. What makes this show different from other medical dramas?

Morris Chestnut: Thank you, I’m really excited about it. With this particular show we’re doing a little bit of everything. You’re going to get comedy and drama in each episode; they’re either all straight comedy or straight drama. What separates our show is we shift and mix tones and we have a lot of different characters that bring a lot of different things to the show.

Are there any similarities between you and your character?

Yes, there’s a bit, I think I’m very optimistic and we use a bit of wit and humor in our everyday life. And he likes to stay in shape.

How do you handle all the love you receive from your female fans?

I appreciate that [support] – they’ve come out and supported me throughout my career. I just try to give back whenever I can and try to get better as an actor and bring better quality projects for them to be entertained.

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You’ve been in the game for over 20 years, from Ricky (Boyz n The Hood, 1991), to Keith (Two Can Play That Game, 2001) to Lance (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) do you have a favorite character?

I think all [the characters] bring different things; Ricky was fun and when I look back on that I reflect back because then I was just starting out and I compare it to who I am now as an actor and a person.

What is something about you that can’t be found on Google?

Well I haven’t Googled myself lately, so I’m not really sure but I think what people don’t know is that I’m some what of a quiet, shy person.

Fill in the Blank: If I weren’t an actor, I would be…

I would want to be an athlete or a financial manager.

So you’re good with numbers?

I try to be!

What’s your sport of choice?

Football’s my favorite, that’s my first love. Rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles!

<strong>Rosewood premieres Wednesday, September 23 on FOX at 8/7c.

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‘Empire’ Cast Talks Casting, Their Characters & More During Special Fan Live Stream

“Empire” returns for an epic second season this Wednesday, Sept. 23 on Fox.  Continue reading ‘Empire’ Cast Talks Casting, Their Characters & More During Special Fan Live Stream

‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels Developing New Show Titled ‘Star’

Fresh off the success of Fox’s hit show Empire, the show’s co-creator and producer Lee Daniels is developing another show tentatively titled Star. The show will be musically themed and centered around a female girl group, which was brought by Fox with a pilot commitment. Daniels will write and executive produce the show, which is set in Atlanta.

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On Thursday, Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman offered up details on the upcoming show, which explores the cutthroat music scene and asks the question, what do you do to rise to the top? Explaining that Daniels “talks a lot about everything from ‘Dreamgirls’ to modern-day girl groups that are manufactured, they are put together, they don’t have an organic reason to be together,” Walden said. “That setup lends to a great soap operatic storytelling machine.”

As for crossover episodes between “Star” and “Empire,” there is a strong possibility, though no plans are set. “It is modern-day music music in Atlanta and ‘Empire’ is modern-day music business in New York,” Walden said. “It’s not inconceivable that the two shows can cross.” via [variety]

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Watch ‘Empire’ Season 2 Teaser

Crumbs of excitement have been left leading up to the premiere of Empire, which is about two months away. First we got a list of the guests which include, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz. On Wednesday, a 30 second teaser was released with no dialogue, but things are looking steamy for the upcoming season. Sips tea

Click here to watch the teaser. Empire is set to premiere September 23rd on FOX.

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Homer & Marge Simpson Are Getting Separated

One of television’s power couples are set to split in September.

The executive producer of the Simpsons told Variety that in the 27th season premiere, Marge and Homer will be separated and in that time, Homer will fall in love with his pharmacist who is voiced by Lena Dunham. We can probably expect for the couple to be reunited at the end of the episode. Who knows. 

That was only one of the bombshells dropped during the interview. We also learned that Bart will be “killed” by Sideshow Bob in the annual Halloween episode.

Find out what other mysteries this season of the long running show holds on September 27th on FOX.

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‘Prison Break’ Set To Be Revived As a Limited Series

Soon you may not need to re-watch old seasons of Fox‘s hit drama, Prison Break. The series which aired for three seasons from 2005 to 2009 could be headed back to television — sort of.

Details are scarce, but Fox is reportedly developing a limited series that would reunite television brothers Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell according to TVLine. Similar to what Fox did last year with 24: Live Another DayPrison Break would receive a 12-episode, closed-ended season.

This would be the second time Miller and Purcell reunited, as they both appeared on CW‘s The Flash last season and are set to star in DC‘s Legends of Tomorrow spinoff series. Miller apparently “floated the idea” of brining back Prison Break to Fox and “they seemed to think there was something there” according to an interview he did with E! News earlier this year.

Check back as more details roll out. Until then, it might be worth it to binge-watch Prison Break on Netflix

Premiere of ‘Empire’ Season 2 Revealed

Empire lovers, hold on a bit longer because the wait is almost over.

The writers of FOX’s smash Hip Hop drama series tweeted this:

 

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As previously reported, there will be big guest appearances from Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and more. If you aren’t already on the Empire band wagon you have until September to do so.

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Fox’s ‘Grease: Live’ Has Added KeKe Palmer To The Cast!

KeKe Palmer continues to strike while the fire is hot! Continue reading Fox’s ‘Grease: Live’ Has Added KeKe Palmer To The Cast!

Are Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey to Blame for the Demise of American Idol?


News broke earlier this week that 2016 will be American Idol‘s final season. Nigel Lythgoe executive produced American Idol seasons one through seven, then sat out seasons eight and nine, and returned for seasons 10, 11 and 12. In an interview with Billboard, he blamed Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj for the decline of the show:

“Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether,” the former producer tells Billboard. “I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful.”

Mariah and Nicki joined the show in 2012 for season 12, news and rumors of their diva antics and them falling out overshadowed  the talent of the contestants.

American Idol‘s popularity declined over the past few years, especially with the success of another music competition show, The Voice on NBC.  The Voice was able to tap in to a younger demographic, and the same viewers aged 18-49 seemed to slip away from American Idol.

-Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)