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'Rosewood' hot, hunky — and existential

'Rosewood' hot, hunky — and existential

It was the Baltimore connection that first made me notice the Fox series "Rosewood" amid the clutter of a disappointing new fall season of network shows.

In the first look that viewers get of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr., the Miami pathologist played by Morris Chestnut is wearing a workout shirt that says "Johns Hopkins School of Medicine."

That was good enough for me to take a second look at the series that Fox is pairing on Wednesday nights with "Empire," the music-industry drama starring Terrence Howard. But I quickly came to understand it's the pairing — not the shirt — that matters.

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