- "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
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.
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. 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.
At the ATX TV Festival panel in June 2019:
- "I wanted to tell the story of these aliens coming to terms with who they are versus who people think they are."
- Michael is her favorite character to write.
- Counting Crows is her favorite band. She also loves Third Eye Blind.
- on the Internet Movie Database
- Official website: CarinaMackenzie.com
Articles and interviews:
- Entertainment Weekly article: Roswell, New Mexico creator talks reversing the white-washing from the original series. February 12, 2019.
- Syfy.com: Roswell, New Mexico Showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie On How Politics Are Woven Into The Show. January 17, 2019.
- Entertainment Weekly interview about episode 6: Roswell, New Mexico creator takes us inside that game-changing flashback episode. February 26, 2019.
- Hollywood Reporter interview: 'Roswell' Reboot Will Explore Fear, Division and Bigotry. January 15, 2019.
- KSiteTV interview: Interview: EP Carina Adly MacKenzie Talks All Things Roswell, New Mexico. February 26, 2019.
- KSiteTV interview: Interview: Carina Adly MacKenzie Previews Roswell, New Mexico. January 15, 2019.
- Entertainment Weekly article about episode 12: #Malex heads off on a road trip in exclusive Roswell, New Mexico clip. April 16, 2019.
- TV Line interview: Roswell, New Mexico EP Breaks Down Finale's Out-of-This-World Twists, Looks Ahead to Possible Season 2. April 23, 2019.
Season 2 articles and interviews:
- Entertainment Weekly: Roswell, New Mexico creator on that Friday Night Lights-inspired love triangle, grief, aliens, more in season 2 by Ruth Kinane. March 13, 2020.