Roswell, New Mexico is an American television science fiction drama series, developed by Carina Adly MacKenzie for The CW. It is the second television adaptation of the Roswell High book series after The WB/UPN drama series Roswell (1999–2002).
The pilot was ordered in January 2018, and The CW ordered the show to series on May 11, 2018. The series premiered as a mid-season entry on January 15, 2019.
The show was renewed for a third season on January 7, 2020.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers her teenage crush is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect, but when a violent attack points to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him.
Cast and characters[edit | edit source]
- Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho, "a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants."
- Nathan Dean Parsons as Max Evans "a natural born leader and dedicated Roswell police officer whose true identity happens to be an alien, a secret he has kept for years."
- Lily Cowles as Isobel Evans, an alien who "keeps her true identity a secret by living her life with grace and enthusiasm."
- Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin, "a troubled but brilliant alien who survived a hard childhood and is attempting to discover a way to escape Earth."
- Tyler Blackburn as Sgt. Alex Manes, a military veteran with his fair share of physical and psychological trauma. Alex prepares to abandon his dream and the possibility of a future with the man he loves to succumb to his father's expectations.
- Michael Trevino as Kyle Valenti, "the son of the town sheriff, who discovers some horrible things that have happened in his family’s past."
- Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca, "Liz’s best friend, who is a socialite and oblivious to the existence of aliens."
- Trevor St. John as Jesse Manes, Alex's father and a man who is "stubborn and set in his ways." Manes "inherited a military legacy of the alien cover up, but now plans to eliminate them entirely."
- Karan Oberoi as Noah Bracken, Isobel's "sexy, charming and devoted husband who senses a secret in his wife that’s starting to tear them apart."
Multi-season recurring guest stars:
- Rosa Arredondo as Sheriff Valenti, the local sheriff and Kyle's mother
- Carlos Compean as Arturo Ortecho, Liz's father
- Riley Voelkel as Jenna Cameron, a deputy sheriff and Max's partner
- Amber Midthunder as Rosa Ortecho, Liz's deceased older sister
- Dylan McTee as Wyatt Long, his sister died in Rosa Ortecho's car accident
- Peter Diseth as Grant Green, an alien conspiracy theorist
Recurring guest stars, season 2:
- Justina Adorno as Steph, a "witty, sharp-tongued, well-educated young woman"
- Jason Behr as Tripp, a "currently top secret character with deep ties to Roswell, New Mexico’s history"
- Gaius Charles as Roy Bronson, a "local farmer with a strong moral compass that leads him to see the good in people, and aliens in a time of great prejudice. Ultimately, his quest to protect those he loves pits him against forces far more powerful than he is."
Episodes[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Roswell, New Mexico/Episodes
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired (U.S. dates)|
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||13||January 15, 2019||April 23, 2019|
|2||13||March 16, 2020||Jun 15, 2020|
(Jan 15, 2019)
|2.||So Much for the Afterglow |
(Jan 22, 2019)
|3.||Tearin' Up My Heart |
(Jan 29, 2019)
|4.||Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? |
(Feb 5, 2019)
|5.||Don't Speak |
(Feb 12, 2019)
|6.||Smells Like Teen Spirit |
(Feb 26, 2019)
|7.||I Saw the Sign |
(Mar 5, 2019)
|8.||Barely Breathing |
(Mar 12, 2019)
|9.||Songs About Texas |
(Mar 19, 2019)
|10.||I Don't Want to Miss a Thing |
(Mar 26, 2019)
|11.||Champagne Supernova |
(Apr 9, 2019)
(Apr 16, 2019)
|13.||Recovering the Satellites |
(Apr 23, 2019)
|1.||Stay (I Missed You) |
(Mar 16, 2020)
|2.||Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space |
(Mar 23, 2020)
|3.||Good Mother |
(Mar 30, 2020)
|4.||What If God Was One of Us |
(Apr 6, 2020)
|5.||I'll Stand By You |
(Apr 13, 2020)
|6.||Sex and Candy |
(Apr 20, 2020)
|7.||Como La Flor |
(Apr 27, 2020)
|8.||Say It Ain't So |
(May 4, 2020)
|9.||The Diner |
(May 11, 2020)
|10.||American Woman |
(May 18, 2020)
(Jun 1, 2020)
|12.||Crash Into Me |
(Jun 8, 2020)
|13.||Mr. Jones |
(Jun 15, 2020)
Production[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
In January 2018, The CW ordered the show to pilot, with Julie Plec set to direct. Production companies involved with the pilot include Amblin Entertainment, Bender Brown Productions, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television. The CW ordered the show to series on May 11, 2018.
Casting[edit | edit source]
On February 16, 2018, Jeanine Mason was cast in the lead role of Liz Ortecho. In early March, the rest of the cast was filled out, with Nathan Parsons, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens and Michael Trevino joining as Max, Isobel, Alex Manes, Maria and Kyle Valenti, respectively, with Karan Oberoi being cast in the final series regular role of Noah Bracken on March 27, 2018. Trevor St. John was cast in a recurring role as Alex's father on March 12, 2018. At 2019 New York City Comic Con, it was revealed that Jason Behr, who played Max Evans in the WB series Roswell recurs in a multi-episode arc. Also cast was in recurring role was Gaius Charles, who is used to have the audience instantly invested in a 1947 storyline. 
Filming[edit | edit source]
Filming for the pilot took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Production on the pilot begin on March 14, 2018, and ended on March 30, 2018.
The rest of the episodes began filming on August 13, 2018 and took place in Las Vegas, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Filming for the first season wrapped four months later on December 21, 2018.
Season 2[edit | edit source]
On April 24, 2019, the show was renewed for a second season. On May 16, an official synopsis was released for the second season, and it was confirmed that the show would again premiere mid-season (in early 2020). On June 3, the writers' room reconvened. Production began in Santa Fe in early August 2019. Filming began August 15, 2019. At the 2019 New York City Comic Con on Sunday October 6, 2019 it was revealed at the panel for the show that Shiri Appleby was back to the series to direct. This included getting to direct Jason Behr, her former co-star.
Season 3[edit | edit source]
On January 7, 2020, more than two months before it's second season premiere, Roswell, New Mexico was renewed for a third season.
Reception[edit | edit source]
Reception has been mixed. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a critic approval rating of 53% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 6.22/10; the audience gives a higher approval rating of 67%. The website's critic consensus reads: "Roswell, New Mexico admirably adds modern political context to its premise, but this reboot hews too closely to its predecessor to transcend the pitfalls of a redundant retread." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 58 out of 100 based on 13 critics. IMDB has an average rating of 6.0/10.
The audience approval ratings have steadily improved by episode, with the lowest rated episode on IMDB being the Pilot with 6.8/10, the second episode being 7.7/10, and the following episodes all being 8.1/10 or higher. The final two episodes of the first season are both 8.8/10.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Roswell, New Mexico/Gallery
Video[edit | edit source]
Series promotional interviews:
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- Roswell, New Mexico on Wikipedia
- on the Internet Movie Database
- on Netflix
- Rotten Tomatoes: Roswell, New Mexico
- The CW Wiki: Roswell, New Mexico
- Television Wiki: Roswell, New Mexico
- The CW streaming app: Roswell, New Mexico