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"If you’re a big fan of people who stare off into the distance angstily, holy moly, have I got the show for you. 👽👽👽 "
―Carina Adly MacKenzie on Instagram[4]

Carina Adly MacKenzie is an American television writer and producer. She is the creator of The CW science-fiction series Roswell, New Mexico, and she was co-showrunner with Christopher Hollier for season 1 and season 2.

On July 10, 2020, MacKenzie announced that she resigned from the series due to "fundamental differences".

Career overview Edit

MacKenzie previously worked as a writer for The CW on TV shows The Originals (2014-2018), The Originals: Awakening (2014), and The Flash (2017). Part of MacKenzie's deal with Warner Bros. was that she would create a pilot.

Warner Bros. called MacKenzie and asked if she was interested in working on a Roswell reboot, and MacKenzie initially declined. Her friend and mentor Julie Plec suggested that MacKenzie pitch a version of the pilot that she would want to make, even if they probably wouldn't accept it. MacKenzie pitched the series to have the characters be adults, the main character be a woman of color, and to have the series be rooted in the modern political climate.[5] She "wanted to do a version that could only exist in ... 2017" at the time. The CW picked it up "at the table" when MacKenzie first pitched it.[6]

On October 12, 2017, MacKenzie was announced to be the writer and executive producer for a reboot of the 1999 TV series Roswell, based on the Roswell High novels.[7][8]

On July 10, 2020, MacKenzie announced on Twitter and Instagram that she was resigning.[9][10] Her resignation message posted to Instagram read:

A little Liz Ortecho 💄 armor felt appropriate this morning. Here goes...

This week, I made the difficult decision to resign from my role on Roswell, New Mexico. I obviously don’t take this decision lightly, but ultimately due to fundamental differences, I’m departing and entrusting RNM to capable hands. I’m so proud of what we built over the last two years, and I believe in the heart and soul of the show: asking tough questions, striving to make the world better, amplifying marginalized voices, and fighting the good fight.

This cast is exquisitely talented, and there’s no kinder or harder working crew in TV. I’ll be rooting for you guys (and of course continuing my nonprofit work to ease the burden the crew has experienced during the COVID-19 shutdown).

Because there’s a lot of nonsense getting spread around, let me make it clear this decision has nothing to do with any of the cast, crew, or writers. I love them in an epic forever handprints-on-my-soul kinda way. Finding Liz Ortecho with Jeanine has been a joy. I think any fan who joined us for a glass of wine on Instagram live during this shutdown knows there’s no “tension,” so I’m just gonna go back to texting with her about the home reno projects we’re both working on and roll my eyes at that boring attempt to pit women against each other. What year is it?

As for ~secret anonymous sources~ revealing that I wasn’t in the writer’s room as much as I’d have liked to be, TRUE TRUE TRUE. 😂 Shooting on location while writing in LA is so hard. Thank god for my co-showrunner/friend/partner/champion Chris Hollier; together we could be in two places at once.

Over the last few months, the team and I broke the Season 3 story together, I had talks with the actors about the season character journeys. I put my finishing touches on the season premiere this week. But this is a business, and there were fundamental disagreements about a couple of things that were and are very important to me.

Here’s to the happiest of endings. ❤️👽❤️

The same day, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that her relationship with Warner Bros. has been strained, in part due to her speaking out against ITV's cuts to the show:[11]

According to multiple insiders, the first-time showrunner's relationship with studio Warner Bros. Television had been strained for some time. One of the latest points of contention came late last month when MacKenzie, who created the soapy drama renewed for a third season in January, fired off a series of tweets. One source, in particular, says that Warner Bros. had to do "damage control" with a foreign distributor after MacKenzie accused ITV in the U.K. of homophobia, biphobia and bigotry for cutting selective sex scenes from her show.

Quotes Edit

At the ATX TV Festival panel in June 2019:[12]

"I wanted to tell the story of these aliens coming to terms with who they are versus who people think they are."

Gallery Edit

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Trivia Edit

  • Michael is her favorite character to write.[13]
  • Counting Crows is her favorite band.[14] She also loves Third Eye Blind.[15][16][17][18][19]
  • For a "Which Roswell, New Mexico character are you?" Buzzfeed quiz, MacKenzie got Isobel Evans.[20]
  • Her favorite couple is Michael and Alex, but there's a new couple "coming up in season 3 that" she has her "fingers crossed will work."[21]
  • She didn't watch the original Roswell series as it aired, but she watched it in college, renting it "DVD by DVD".[22]

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Season 2 articles and interviews:

References Edit

  1. Tweet: When @ColinWoodell and I realized we have the same birthday, EVERYTHING suddenly made sense. Happy birthday buddy, you're the best. December 20, 2014.
  2. Entertainment Weekly: Roswell, New Mexico creator talks reversing the white-washing from the original series. February 12, 2019. "I was fourteen years old on Sept. 11, 2001."
  3. Tweet made on March 12, 2019 features an image of an old report by MacKenzie in which she states her birthday is December 20, 1986.
  4. Instagram post: January 4, 2019
  5. NYCC interview October 6, 2018: File:NYCC 2018- Roswell, New Mexico Carina Adly Mackenzie (Executive Producer).
  6. Word Tetris interview with Merill Barr on on adaptations. June 2019.
  7. Deadline: ‘Roswell’ Reboot With Immigration Twist In Works At the CW From Amblin TV. October 12, 2017.
  8. Variety: ‘Roswell’ Series Reboot in Development at CW. October 12, 2017.
  9. Tweet posted July 10, 2020.
  10. Instagram post made July 10, 2020.
  11. The Hollywood Reporter: Carina Adly MacKenzie Out as 'Roswell, New Mexico' Showrunner (Exclusive) by Bryn Elise Sandberg. July 10, 2020.
  12. Nerds and Beyond: ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Cast and Creator Talk Season Two and More at ATX TV Fest Panel. June 10, 2019.
  13. Twitter response to the question "Who's your favorite character to write?": Michael is my fave... has been since I was just pitching the idea.
  14. Tweet: Counting Crows bro!. April 10, 2018. In response to the question which was her favorite band.
  15. Tweet: It's the fourth (Third Eye Blind song in the show). And it's me. I'm the someone who really loves them. March 5, 2019.
  16. Tweet: "Sometimes you let me in And I take it on the chin" is a perfect lyric. (I've had Third Eye Blind's first album on repeat since Wednesday and also since 1997). August 3, 2018.
  17. Tweet: There's not a single Third Eye Blind song that I don't know all the words to, what's your superpower!? August 17, 2015.
  18. Tweet: Embarrassing confession: Third Eye Blind is one of my all-time favorite bands. This Beyonce cover is aces. May 19, 2015.
  19. Tweet: Honestly I'm still really into Third Eye Blind and most dudebro music that was cool in the late 90s. December 30, 2014.
  20. Tweet by MacKenzie: I got: Isobel Evans. While we were filming ep 205 @whitewatercrew asked me if Isobel was supposed to be me. I WAS SO FLATTERED. I love this quiz. April 27, 2020.
  21. Tweet by Carina Adly MacKenzie responding to a fan question: Michael and Alex. But we’ve got a new one coming up in season 3 that I have my fingers crossed will work. May 24, 2020.
  22. Tweet responses to a fan question: Not when it premiered, I was 12 and TV wasn’t really allowed in my house. I rented it DVD by DVD in college. I was a fan of Jason from Dawson’s Creek! May 24, 2020.
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