Season 3 of The CW television series Roswell, New Mexico was confirmed on January 7, 2020.[1] Filming began October 13, 2020.[2] The season will have 13 episodes.[3][4]

The premiere will be mid-season in 2021, presumably around June or July, although a premiere date has not been announced.[5]

Prior to production, series creator and showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie resigned from the series. Her co-showrunner Christopher Hollier remained on as the sole showrunner.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

An official synopsis was released on May 14, 2020:[5]

In season three, still reeling from the events of last year, the Roswell aliens and their allies are drawn back together through a threat from a familiar stranger and a murder that has not yet happened. From near and from far, amidst breakups, reunions, scientific advancements and the impending death of someone they hold dear, our heroes must grapple with two central questions: Who enters our lives and defines who we are? And what power do we really have over our own futures? ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens, Michael Trevino, Trevor St. John and Amber Midthunder. ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO is from Amblin Entertainment, My So-Called Company and Bender Brown Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie (“The Originals”), Christopher Hollier (“Once Upon A Time”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kevin Kelly Brown (“Roswell”).

Cast and characters[edit | edit source]

Starring:

Recurring guest stars returning from previous seasons:

TBA

Recurring guest stars introduced in season three:

Non-recurring guest stars:

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Co-stars returning from previous seasons:

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Non-recurring co-stars of named characters:

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Unknown billing/recurring cast:

  • Gavin Houston as tba[11]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

The season is anticipated to have 13 episodes.

# Title Air Date Director Writer
27 1 Hands 2021 Lance Anderson Carina Adly MacKenzie
28 2 Give Me One Reason 2021 Lance Anderson Eva McKenna & Deirdre Mangan
29 3 Black Hole Sun 2021 April Winney Eva McKenna & Onalee Hunter Hughes
30 4 Walk on the Ocean 2021 April Winney Onalee Hunter Hughes & Christopher Hollier
31 5 Killing Me Softly With His Song 2021 Rachel Raimist Alanna Bennett & Danny Tolli
32 6 Bitter Sweet Symphony 2021 Rachel Raimist Leah Longoria & Steve Stringer
33 7 Goodnight Elizabeth 2021 Heather Hemmens Kristen Haynes & Christopher Hollier
34 8 Free Your Mind 2021 Ben Hernandez Bray Ashley Charbonnet & Joel Thompson
35 9 2021
36 10 2021 Lauren Petzke Danny Tolli & Onalee Hunter Hughes [12]
37 11 2021
38 12 2021
39 13 2021

Development and production[edit | edit source]

On January 7, 2020, two months before the premiere of season 2, The CW gave Roswell, New Mexico an early renewal along with twelve other series.[1]

The start of production was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 9, 2020, Carina Adly MacKenzie was clear that they could not return to set "until it's 100% safe for everyone on the crew".[13] On May 14, 2020, The CW revealed that their regular Fall TV season was pushed back to January 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Roswell, New Mexico is a mid-season series, so this also pushed back its expected release to mid-2021.[14]

On July 10, 2020, showrunner and series creator Carina Adly MacKenzie announced that she was resigning from the series due to "fundamental disagreements about a couple of things that were and are very important to [her]".[15] Seasons 1 and 2 were co-showrun by MacKenzie and Christopher Hollier. Hollier remained on as sole showrunner for season 3.

Filming began on October 13, 2020 with new health and safety measures in place.[2]

Hints and anticipated story-lines[edit | edit source]

This section documents all hints from official sources about what may be included in season 3 and the show's development.

  • The season will acknowledge that COVID-19 happened, but will time-skip past the quarantine period.[16][17]
    • MacKenzie pitched the possibility of the show taking place during quarantine, but her bosses didn't like the idea.[18]
  • New COVID-19 safety restrictions on set might limit or prevent certain elements from being in the show.
    • Intimacy scenes, such as hugging or kissing, might be limited.[16][19]
    • Fight scenes might be limited.[16][19]
    • Scenes with a number of extras might no longer be allowed, such as scenes with customers at the Wild Pony or the Crashdown Cafe.[16]
    • Out-of-town guest stars might be reduced or eliminated. This could impact recurring guest stars as well, such as Sherri Saum who portrays Mimi DeLuca.[20]
    • In regards to the extra costs with these safety measures, Carina Adly MacKenzie stated that it would likely be "a hit to the quality of the product" rather than "a hit to the profits. We’ll make it safe first... then do our best with the money that’s left."[21]
    • In regards to not allowing actors to kiss, Carina Adly MacKenzie shared one way they considered handling it:[16] "We had a writer pitch, well what if the aliens are getting stronger and now every time they touch anyone, the person comes away with like an alien handprint on them. We were like, okay, maybe that's how we prevent these two people from kissing for an entire season because you can't touch her because she'll start to glow." (Note that this was just a possibility, not a confirmed story element.)
    • In regards to not being able to pack extras in enclosed spaces such as the Crashdown and the Wild Pony, Carina Adly MacKenzie shared a possible way they might handle that:[16] "Our diner will be take-out only. Our bar will have shut down, because they couldn't sustain through the quarantine." (Note that this was just a possibility, not a confirmed story element.)
  • Isobel's next love interest will be with a woman.[22]
  • A new character named Heath will be introduced: "He’s a guy. American. Around 30."[6]
  • About Jones:
    • "Mr. Jones is going to be a major player moving forward, and he might be a little different than what he seems. He really has been in season 2 presented as the villain, but we’re going to learn in season 3 that the story of Nora and Louise might be the story that they wanted told. So, we’re having some fun with unreliable narrators".[23]
    • "Obviously, Mr. Jones is related in some way to Max, so we are going to dig into what Max's family history looks like. We're also going to discover in season three that the story that we heard about Nora and Louise may have been the story that they wanted to tell, so our tale about Mr. Jones, even though he seems like a threatening figure right now, is a little more complicated right now."[17]
    • "The insights that he gives the aliens into where they come from and why they're here is going to put interesting new pressure on Michael, Max, and Isobel and take their relationships to a very different space. He's not necessarily the villain, and all three of our aliens are going to have different expectations, different perspectives on whether or not they can trust him."[17]
    • "[Max] really felt adrift, and he discovered that he was sort of the only one who didn't have information about his family, and Jones comes with a whole lot of information about Max's family."[17]
  • Liz "will definitely meet some new and interesting people while she's away." "We'll do a bit of a time jump within season three, and Liz will of course be drawn back to Roswell when she gets some new information, but her time in California is going to be really important and really transformative for her." "Liz's romantic life is always going to be at odds with her ambition, and she's gonna have to find a way to reconcile both of those things."[17]
  • One of the cast members will direct this season.[24]
  • Max will play guitar.[25]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Promotional images[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 TV Line: CW Renews Riverdale, Batwoman, Roswell, Black Lightning Plus 9 Others - TVLine
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roswell New Mexico Writers Twitter:
  3. Tweet from showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie, in response to a fan asking how many episodes season 3 will have: "13 episodes is a full season for us."
  4. Spoiler TV: Various Episode Count Numbers for WB Shows 2020-2021. October 30, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The CW Press (official press site): HE CW NETWORK TO LAUNCH ITS NEW SEASON IN JANUARY 2021
  6. 6.0 6.1 Showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie asked on Twitter on May 5, 2020 for fans to suggest a new character's name: Got a new Roswell character to name. He’s a guy. American. Around 30. Every name I come up with turns out to be the name of some other CW character. Help! In an Instagram Live Q&A on May 9, 2020, she revealed that the name she selected was Heath.
  7. Deadline: Steven Krueger Joins ‘Roswell, New Mexico’; ‘Debris’ Casts Anjali Jay by Denise Petski. October 20, 2020.
  8. Deadline: Jason Diaz To Recur On ‘Charmed’; David DeSantos Joins ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ by Dino-Ray Ramos. October 28, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Deadline: ‘Roswell, New Mexico’: Michael Grant Terry & Gillian Vigman To Recur On Season 3 by Denise Petski. December 3, 2020.
  10. Deadline: ‘Power Book II: Ghost’s Bradley Gibson To Recur On ‘Kung Fu’ Reboot ; Quentin Plair Joins ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ by Dino-Ray Ramos. February 22, 2021.
  11. Instagram post by Gavin Houston: Pleased and blessed to announce that I'll be joining the cast of the hit TV series "Roswell, New Mexico" on the CW. ... I can't tell you who I'll be playing. February 16, 2021.
  12. https://www.instagram.com/p/CL4iu9Ipqiz/
  13. Instagram Live Q&A on May 9, 2020.
  14. TV Line: CW Delays New Season Until 2021: Superman to Follow Flash, Walker Fills Winchester Void, Supergirl Delayed. May 14, 2020.
  15. Carina Adly MacKenzie's resignation, July 10, 2020: on Twitter and on Instagram.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 ATX Festival zoom interview with Carina Adly MacKenzie, June 5, 2020.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Entertainment Weekly: Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 Finale: A New Job, a New Alien, and an Emotional New Song by Lauren Piester. June 16, 2020.
  18. A fan asked on Twitter, "This might be a dumb question, but: could you write the pandemic into the show? So much of it revolves around our current climate. This could allow actors to be in masks and have gloves and be socially distant during the scenes, and bonus: MORE LONGING LOOKS ACROSS ROOMS.", and Carina Adly MacKenzie responded, "My bosses did notttttttttttttttttttttt like this idea when I pitched it.". May 22, 2020.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Fans, prepare yourselves for a very weird year of television. Jun 12, 2020.
  20. A fan asked Carina Adly MacKenzie, "Oooh, does that mean more Mimi too?", and MacKenzie responded: Hopefully. Waiting to find out if we're going to be asked to reduce or eliminate out-of-town guest stars. June 17, 2020.
  21. More likely a hit to the quality of the product than a hit to the profits. We’ll make it safe first... then do our best with the money that’s left. June 13, 2020.
  22. The next romantic relationship we'll see Isobel in on the show is with a woman. April 24, 2020.
  23. Nerdist: ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO Creator on Tackling Important Issues by Linda Maleh. June 18, 2020.
  24. Video interview: Carina MacKenzie "An Actor Despairs" Interview July 2, 2020. At about the 55:10 mark.
  25. Instagram Q&A response from Carina Adly MacKenzie, File:Carina May 9th QandA on IG03.jpg
  26. Twitter: Riley told me we won’t be seeing her at all in Roswell New Mexico season 3, because of covid she couldn’t fly there to film at the same time as Hightown. February 21, 2021.
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