Jaina Lee Ortiz is set as the female lead opposite Morris Chestnut in Fox’s untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot, a closed-ended procedural written/executive produced by Todd Harthan and directed by Richard Shepard. Also cast in the pilot, produced by 20th TV, is young Ben And Kate star Maggie Elizabeth Jones. It centers on Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book.
Ortiz, a newcomer out of New York, who got her break when Chris Carter cast her in his Amazon pilot The After, will play Karissa Villa, a former NYPD detective who recently moved back to Miami and ends up helping Dr. Rosewood. She is repped by Link Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
Jones plays Millie, Rosewood’s neighbor and an aspiring chef who spends a lot of time with him and very regularly provides him with insight beyond her years. The pilot reunites Jones with Fox and 20th TV, the network and studio behind comedy Ben And Kate. The child actress, who also co-starred in We Bought A Zoo, is repped by Osbrink, Generate and Kevin Yorn and Nick Gladden.