Liz, Max, Michael and Isobel are back, and no longer in high school, in Roswell, New Mexico, the CW’s remake of the 1999 WB series of the same name.
While the characters are all a decade older, the show sticks to its original premise, tying into the original some of the same plotlines and quirks—such as the aliens’ love for hot sauce and the romance between Max and Liz—but also manages to stand on its own.
The reboot stars 28-year-old Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) as a biomedical researcher who returns to her hometown and is fatally shot by a gunman in her father’s restaurant. Her friend Max Evans (Nathan Parsons), who has been in love with her since high school and who is now a deputy sheriff, uses his alien powers to resurrect her.
He eventually takes her to a cave where he, his sister Isobel (Lily Cowles) and their friend Michael (Michael Vlamis) awoke as babies, letting her in on the secrets of the UFO crash of 1947 in the New Mexico desert. Michael is now a ranch hand, Isobel is married to military veteran Alex Manes (Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars).
Meanwhile, Liz’s high school boyfriend and now doctor Kyle Valenti (Michael Tevimo)—whose mother is the town sheriff—sees the alien handprint Max left when healing her, grows suspicious and reports the incident to Air Force master sergeant Jesse Manes (Trevor St. John).
Liz’s friend Maria DeLuca (Heather Hemmens) also stars as a bartender.
While the characters and relationships pay homage to the original, the reboot also offers a fresh take on current events such as immigration as Liz worries about her father’s deportation, implying he may be undocumented, and creating a parallel between the government’s hunting of illegal aliens, and those from the stars.
There’s also a mystery that unfolds about the truth behind the death of Liz’s older sister Rosa (Amber Midthunder), who was supposedly under the influence of drugs when she got into a car accident, killing herself and two other girls, 10 years earlier.
From Julie Plec and Carina Adly MacKenzie, Roswell, New Mexico is executive produced by Kevin Kelly Brown of the original series. Paul Wesley (Vampire Diaries) directs, along with guest director Shiri Appleby.
Roswell, New Mexico premieres January 15 on the CW.
Client: The CW
Show Premiere Date: January 15th
Spot Title: Legend
Agency: The Shop
President: Jordan Hayman
Creative Director: Nick Shakarian
Editor: Chris Ninness
Director of Post: Aubrey Byrne
SVP, On Air & Digital Programming (The CW): Jennifer Titus
SVP, Marketing Administration and Operations (The CW): Howard Schneider