The CW’s new series ‘Roswell, New Mexico’, based on the novels by Melinda Metz, premieres on January 15. Metz’s novels previously inspired the series ‘Roswell’, which like the books, followed a group of teenage protagonists, but on The CW’s new version, the characters are now adults, although they did spend their high school years together. At its core, this is a story of extraterrestrials living on Earth and trying to blend in. Reflecting current headlines, ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ will compare the idea of aliens from outer space to the plight of terrestrial illegal immigrants.
In preparation of the show’s premiere, The CW has released a synopsis for the first episode.
“Pilot” — (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) (Content Rating TBD) (HDTV) —
When Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, she reconnects with Max Evans (Nathan Parsons), her teenage crush, who is now a Roswell police officer. But Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly sister, Isobel (Lily Cowles), and their friend Michael (Michael Vlamis). Elsewhere, Master Sergeant Jesse Manes (Trevor St. John) spearheads a long-standing government conspiracy — unbeknownst to his son, Alex Manes (Tyler Blackburn), who has recently returned from service overseas with emotional and physical injuries. The politics of fear and hatred that run rampant in Roswell threaten to expose Max and his family and could endanger his deepening romance with Liz…as well as their lives. Heather Hemmens, Michael Trevino and Karan Oberoi also star. Julie Plec directed the episode written by Carina Adly MacKenzie.
‘Roswell, New Mexico’ was first announced as being in the works in October 2017. While The CW announced that it had been picked up to series in May, it was later announced that it would not debut in the fall, but would rather premier mid-season.
‘Roswell, New Mexico’ will air on Tuesday nights at 9pm EST following ‘The Flash’.