"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 developer and showrunner of The CW science-fiction series Roswell, New Mexico.

Career overview

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]


At the ATX TV Festival panel in June 2019:[9]

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





External links

Articles and interviews:

Season 2 articles and interviews:


  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. Nerds and Beyond: ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Cast and Creator Talk Season Two and More at ATX TV Fest Panel. June 10, 2019.
  10. 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.
  11. Tweet: Counting Crows bro!. April 10, 2018. In response to the question which was her favorite band.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Tweet: Embarrassing confession: Third Eye Blind is one of my all-time favorite bands. This Beyonce cover is aces. May 19, 2015.
  16. Tweet: Honestly I'm still really into Third Eye Blind and most dudebro music that was cool in the late 90s. December 30, 2014.
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