Kayti Burt
Kirsten Howard

Nov 13, 2018

The series is now called Roswell, New Mexico, and will get underway in January…

Roswell, the science fiction teen drama about aliens living in the famous New Mexico town, was one of the best shows of The WB’s run. With showrunners like Friday Night Lights‘ Jason Katims and Battlestar Galactica‘s Ronald D. Moore, and cast members like Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks, Emilie de Ravin, Nick Wechler, and Shiri Appleby amongst its numbers, it transcended its teen drama roots to become something greater.

Fifteen years later, The CW is looking to bring Roswell back, with The Originals writer Carina Adly MacKenzie writing and executive producing. It’ll premiere on the 15th of January, 2019 stateside, but we’re still waiting to find out which UK broadcaster has dibs.

Roswell reboot trailer

Here’s our first look at the reboot, which is now called Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell reboot cast

Jeanine Mason, best known as Dr. Sam Bello on ABC’s eternal Grey’s Anatomy, will be portraying Liz Ortecho for the rebooted Roswell. Ortecho will play an important role in the show’s new investment in immigration as a main theme.

Roswell reboot sets January premiere date

Mason is of Cuban descent and she began her career as a dancer, notably winning season 5 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.

Roswell reboot story

According to the story, the Roswell reboot will play up the immigration undertones that were mostly left unexplored in the TV show. It promises to “reflect the realities of its location in a state bordering Mexico.”

Here’s the synopsis:

After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.

The only behind-the-scenes link between the original Roswell TV series and the Roswell reimagining will be executive producer Kevin Kelly Brown, who also filled the same role on the original series.