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Roswell, New Mexico is an American television science fiction drama series that premiered on January 15, 2019. The show was developed by Carina Adly MacKenzie for The CW, and it is the second television adaptation of the Roswell High book series after the 1999 drama series Roswell.

The fourth and final season premieres on June 6, 2022. On May 12, 2022, before the premiere of season 4, the series was cancelled.[1]


Season 1:

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


  • Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho, "a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants."[2]
  • 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."[2]
  • Lily Cowles as Isobel Evans, an alien who "keeps her true identity a secret by living her life with grace and enthusiasm."[2]
  • 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."[2]
  • Tyler Blackburn as Sgt. Alex Manes, an air force 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."[2]
  • Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca, "Liz’s best friend, who is a socialite and oblivious to the existence of aliens."[2]
  • 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."[3]
  • 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."[4]

Multi-season recurring guest stars:

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."


Main article: Roswell, New Mexico/Episodes
Season Episodes Season premiere (US) Season finale (US)
1 13 Jan 15, 2019 Apr 23, 2019
2 13 Mar 16, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
3 13 Jul 26, 2021 Oct 11, 2021
4 13 Jun 6 , 2022 2022


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 second season on April 24, 2019,[5] and it premiered on March 16, 2020.

The show was renewed for a third season on January 7, 2020.[6] and it premiered the following summer.

The show was renewed for a fourth season on February 3, 2021.[7]


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.


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. [8]


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.[9]

Season 2

On April 24, 2019, the show was renewed for a second season.[5] 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).[10] On June 3, the writers' room reconvened.[11][12] Production began in Santa Fe in early August 2019.[13] Filming began August 15, 2019.[14][15] 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.[16]

Season 3

On January 7, 2020, more than two months before it's second season premiere, Roswell, New Mexico was renewed for a third season.[6] It aired through July 26, 2021 to October 11, 2021. Filming began on October 13, 2020 with new health and safety measures in place and wrapped early April of 2021.


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."[17] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 58 out of 100 based on 13 critics.[18] IMDB has an average rating of 6.0/10.[19]

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.[20]

Roswell, New Mexico won "Best New Show" at E!'s TV Scoop Awards.[21][22]


  • This town of Roswell is not accurately depicted in this version of Roswell or the previous. If it was, all the street lights would be in the shape of Aliens and green.
  • Films in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Main article: Roswell, New Mexico/Gallery


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Series promotional interviews:

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  1. Deadline: The CW’s ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Canceled After Four Seasons by Rosy Codero. May 12, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 CW Seattle: Get to Know the Cast of The CW’s “Roswell, New Mexico”. December 13, 2018.
  3. Deadline: ‘Roswell’ Casts Trevor St. John; Megan Ferguson Joins ‘Mixtape’. March 12, 2018.
  4. Deadline: ‘Roswell’ Casts Karan Oberoi; Max Jenkins Joins ‘Most Likely To’. March 27, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Hollywood Reporter: 'All American,' 'The 100,' 'Roswell,' 'In the Dark' Renewed as CW Avoids Any Cancellations. April 24, 2019.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Deadline: The CW Renews 13 Series Including ‘Batwoman’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Riverdale’ & ‘All American’ by Nellie Andreeva. January 7, 2020 12:30pm
  7. Deadline: The CW Renews 12 Series Including ‘The Flash’, ‘Riverdale’ & Freshman ‘Walker’ by Peter White. February 3, 2021.
  8. TVLine: Roswell, New Mexico Adds Jason Behr (TV's Original Max Evans) in Season 2
  9. Tweet by show-writer Vincent Ingrao: A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of @CWRoswellNM today on their final day of shooting season one! Big props to @cadlymack @possiblyawitch and @julieplec for bringing this first chapter to a close. So proud to be a part of this team; can’t wait for y’all to see it! ✌🏼👽. December 21, 2018.
  10. KSite TV: Roswell New Mexico: Season 2 Description With New Spoilers. May 16, 2019.
  11. Tweet by director Julie Plec (@julieplec): Congratulations to #RoswellNM writers on their first day of school! #Season2. June 3, 2019.
  12. Tweet by showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie: My vacation ended yesterday. :) Back to work!. June 3, 2019.
  13. Tweet by showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie: Heading to Santa Fe for production in 3 days. I’m so used to spending weeks or months at a time away from home, but I’m having a really hard time leaving my people in LA this time. August 2, 2019.
  14. Show writer Vincent Ingrao Tweeted: Happy first day of shooting #RoswellNM season 2 to the cast and crew! Y’all ain’t ready. August 15, 2019.
  15. Official show writers room Twitter: Today is the first day of shooting #RoswellNM season 2! Get ready to be abducted by EMOTION. (cheers to our fabulous cast & crew!). August 15, 2019.
  16. EW: Roswell, New Mexico adds Friday Night Lights actor Gaius Charles and original Roswell star Jason Behr to season 2 cast
  17. Rotten Tomates: Roswell, New Mexico: Season 1. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  18. Metacritic: Roswell, New Mexico. Retrieved March 19, 2019, and again May 17, 2019 (no changes).
  19. IMDB: Roswell, New Mexico. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  20. IMDB: Roswell, New Mexico Episode List. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  21. ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Wins Best New Show from E!’s ‘TV Scoop Awards’! by Briar August 3, 2019.
  22. E! News: TV Scoop Awards 2019: The Full List of Winners by TV Scoop Team. August 7, 2019.