Assuming most of the announced pilots with black actors in lead roles that are set for the 2015/2016 TV season (and there’ve been quite a few of them), make it to series, it’s going to be one heck of a year for us here at S&A HQ, because we’ll have a lot to watch and discuss. I’ll publish a complete round-up of all the pilot castings shortly.
Here’s another potential 2015/2016 series candidate…
Morris Chestnut has booked the lead role in an untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot for Fox, which centers on a Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (to be played by Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic pathologist. It’s described by Fox as an investigative series that the follows the top private pathologist in all of Miami who, as owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism frustrates the cynical female detective he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.
The “cynical female detective” has yet to be cast.
Chestnut’s casting comes after he recently inked a 3-picture deal with Sony’s Screen Gems, that will see him act in, as well as produce projects for the studio. The above project is with Fox, by the way, another studio.
He’s already booked for the upcoming thriller “The Perfect Guy,” which he co-stars in with Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy, as well as a starring role in the psychological thriller “When the Bough Breaks,” joining Regina Hall.
Meanwhile, Chestnut’s 3rd project under his 3-picture deal with Screen Gems, will be something called “The Syndicate,” from writer Cliff Dorfman (“Entourage”), which Chestnut is producing. No details on what that one’s about just yet.