8:32am PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
'Rosewood' Canceled at Fox After 2 Seasons
It's the end of the road for Rosewood.
The network has canceled the medical drama after two seasons. Stars Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz announced that the series would not be coming back on their social media accounts early Tuesday.
"I am very grateful about the part that everyone took in Rosewood's journey, because everyone was truly an integral part; the writers who crafted great story-lines, the actors who brought these stories to life, the production crew who sustained the show's infrastructure, and the terrific fans who embraced this phenomenon and became just as much a part of Rosewood as anyone else," Chestnut wrote in a lengthy post. "Fox provided a platform for a show that made strides in diversity and the images it projected, as all-inclusive. We were able to peer into the lives of characters who displayed their hopes, dreams, courage and fears. Rosewood also helped reinforce a newer definition of Family, as a group of people who most care for and support one another. The Rosewood family, itself was an Extremely Special group of people who’ll be friends forever."
Ortiz also penned a heartfelt note on Instagram: "Today is a special day. Today I say goodbye to my very first show, Rosewood. I say goodbye to Detective Annalise Villa. Damn, I'm gonna miss that woman. To my partner in crime/the guy who mentored me and showed me the ropes on set. The beautiful Morris Chestnut, and when I say beautiful, I mean his HEART, his SOUL. He is the most selfless person I think I've ever met. Kind and gracious. Our rock. Our captain. 5 days a week, 14 hours a day, he became one of my best-friends. Love you, Morrisito. The cast...you're my family. To all the hardworking crew and writers...you showed me what "movie magic" was really made out of. It's created on the backs of your hard work. Last but not least, this show and it's incredible characters were created by Todd Harthan. This guy said yes when everyone else told me no, and it has changed my life forever. I adore you."
The medial procedural, produced in-house at 20th Century Fox Television, was down considerably in its sophomore outing after being moved from Empire's lead-in Wednesdays to open Thursdays. Season two averaged 4.4 million total viewers and a 1.0 in the demo. The show was later moved from Thursdays to Fridays midway through season two, which wrapped in April. The cancelation comes despite the show's ranking as the network's least expensive drama.
Rosewood follows the rookie baseball drama Pitch, which was canceled after one season.