Roswell, New Mexico (TV series)

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Roswell, New Mexico
Based onRoswell High
by Melinda Metz
Developed by
  • Carina Adly Mackenzie
Narrated byJeanine Mason
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
CinematographyAlan Caso
  • Christopher Nelson
  • Tyler L. Cook
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time40-43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkThe CW
Original releaseJanuary 15, 2019 (2019-01-15) –
present (present)
Related showsRoswell
External links

Roswell, New Mexico is an American drama and science fiction television series, developed by Carina Adly Mackenzie for The CW, that debuted as a mid-season entry during the 2018–19 television season on January 15, 2019. The series is the second television adaptation of the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz.


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[edit]


  • Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho, a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants.[1]
  • Nathan Parsons as Max Evans, a natural born leader and dedicated Roswell deputy sheriff who has kept his true identity a secret for years.[2]
  • Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin, a troubled but brilliant alien drifter who survived a traumatic childhood and is trying to find a way to escape Earth.[2]
  • Lily Cowles as Isobel Evans-Bracken, an alien and lawyer who keeps her true identity a secret by living her life with grace and enthusiasm.[2]
  • Tyler Blackburn as Alex Manes, a military veteran with his fair share of physical and psychological trauma. Alex prepares to abandon his dreams and the possibility of a future with the man he loves to succumb to his father's expectations.[2]
  • Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca, Liz and Rosa's best friend, who is a bartender at a popular saloon and oblivious to the existence of aliens.[2]
  • Michael Trevino as Kyle Valenti, a doctor and the son of the town sheriff, who learns about horrible things that have happened in his family's past.[3]
  • Trevor St. John as Jesse Manes, Alex's father, a chief master sergeant with a secret to hide.[4]
  • Karan Oberoi as Noah Bracken, Isobel's charming, devoted lawyer husband who senses a secret in his wife.[5]


  • Rosa Arredondo as Sheriff Valenti, Kyle's mother who succeeded her late husband Jim.
  • Carlos Compean as Arturo Ortecho, Liz's father who runs the Crashdown Cafe diner.[6]
  • Riley Voelkel as Jenna Cameron, Max's fellow deputy and partner.[7]
  • Amber Midthunder as Rosa Ortecho, Liz's older sister who was killed in a car crash while high on drugs, killing two girls in the process. Liz gradually comes to realize that Max may have been involved in her death.[8]
  • Sherri Saum as Mimi DeLuca[9]
  • Claudia Black as Ann Evans[10]
  • Dylan McTee as Wyatt Long, the brother of one of the girls Rosa Ortecho killed, who harbors a grudge against her family.[11]



In January 2018, The CW ordered the show to pilot, with Julie Plec set to direct.[12] Production companies involved with the pilot include Amblin Television, Bender Brown Productions, CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television (previously produced from Regency Television and 20th Century Fox Television). The CW ordered the show to series on May 11, 2018.[13]


On February 16, 2018, Jeanine Mason was cast in the lead role of Liz Ortecho.[1] In early March, the rest of the cast was filled out, with Nathan Parsons as Max Evans, Lily Cowles as Isobel, Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin, Tyler Blackburn as Alex Manes, Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca, and Michael Trevino as Kyle Valenti. Karan Oberoi was cast in the final series regular role of Noah Bracken on March 27, 2018.[2][3][5] Trevor St. John was cast in a recurring role as Alex's father on March 12, 2018.[4]


Filming for the pilot took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico.[14] Production on the pilot begin on March 14, 2018,[15][16] and ended on March 30, 2018.[17]

The rest of the episodes began filming August 13, 2018, in Las Vegas, New Mexico and Santa Fe, New Mexico.[citation needed]


No.Title [18]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [18]Prod.
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Julie PlecTeleplay by : Carina Adly MackenzieJanuary 15, 2019 (2019-01-15)T33.010051.51[19]
After losing her research grant, biomedical scientist Liz Ortecho returns to her hometown of Roswell to work in her family's diner. There, she reconnects with her high school crush, deputy sheriff Max Evans, her old friend Maria DeLuca, and her former boyfriend Kyle Valenti. When a gunman shoots and fatally wounds Liz, Max is forced to use his healing abilities to save her, leaving him weakened until his sister, Isobel, nurses him back to health. She and Max's younger brother, Michael, confront Max over the wisdom of using his abilities to save Liz's life. Max becomes overburdened by guilt and decides to tell Liz who he truly is, unaware that Liz has secretly taken a DNA sample from him and analyzed it. He takes her to the site of the "birth" of him and his siblings, and reveals that his powers also create a temporary psychic link between him and Liz, allowing her to view his memories. Kyle, having uncovered Liz's analysis, is taken to "Project Shepherd", a government initiative to track extraterrestrials. At their high school reunion, Isobel warns Max to break things off with Liz before she learns the truth behind her sister Rosa's death.
2"So Much For the Afterglow"Tim AndrewEva McKenna & Carina Adly MacKenzieJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)T48.101021.21[20]
Liz receives a new grant in San Diego, allowing her to leave town. Despite learning that his ancestor was killed by an alien in 1947, Kyle refuses to assist Project Shepherd. Max and his partner Jenna identify a local, Wyatt Long, as the man who shot Liz, and embarrass him in a shooting contest. Isobel and Michael try to intimidate Liz, but Max defends her. Kyle agrees to help Liz find her sister's hidden autopsy report, which reveals that she did not die in an accident. At the same time, she learns from her psychic bond that Max was with Rosa on the night she died. Wyatt and his friends assault Liz's father; Max beats Wyatt and nearly kills him with his abilities before his siblings intervene. Conflicted by Max's actions saving her father, Liz asks him to tell her when he last saw Rosa, and he lies. Michael strikes up a relationship with Alex Manes, a veteran working near his trailer, while Max has sex with Jenna at her house. Liz decides to stay in Roswell, telling Kyle that she intends to bring her sister's murderer to justice, even if it's Max.
3"Tearin' Up My Heart"Geoff ShotzRick Montano & Vincent IngraoJanuary 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)T48.101031.27[21]
Under the guise of treating him, Liz tries to scientifically determine if Max killed Rosa. Isobel and Michael, fearing the consequences of Liz learning too much, concoct a plan to drive her away. Maria gives Liz a secret map written by Rosa that leads them to a clue suggesting that she had a secret relationship. Max asks Jenna out on a date. After Kyle sees an injury on Liz caused by Max's abilities, he secretly copies his father's research on aliens for Project Shepherd. Isobel telepathically probes Liz's mind, but is unable to compel her to leave after seeing images of Rosa. Liz confesses to Maria that she nearly married, but ultimately chose to leave her fiancee. She then discovers a love letter from Max to her sister, but he reveals that the letter was actually meant for her. Sheriff Valenti warns her son not to trust Project Shepherd. Max swears that he didn't kill Rosa, and begs Liz to leave the past behind. Kyle turns over the copies to Project Shepherd but makes it clear he will provide no further assistance. Max suffers a nervous breakdown and unleashes the full extent of his powers, triggering a town-wide blackout.
4"Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?"Lance AndersonSabir Pirzada & Christopher HollierFebruary 5, 2019 (2019-02-05)T48.101041.12[22]
A flashback to 2008 shows Rosa warning Liz not to pursue a relationship with Kyle. In the present, Max and his siblings discuss how to handle Liz; Isobel offers to use her powers again and leaves with Michael to strengthen them. Arturo goes into cardiac arrest, and winds up hospitalized, during which Kyle offers Liz a bioengineering job. Max offers to make things up to Jenna. Isobel tests her powers, learning from Maria that she blames her for Rosa's death before seizing up. Rosa's old boyfriend gives Liz her old backpack, including a letter with distinctive handwriting. With the hospital's failing power putting its patients in danger, Max fixes the main power unit, leaving behind a scorch mark that Jenna notices. Liz confronts Kyle, accusing his father of having an affair with Rosa; Kyle, in turn, reveals his father knew about aliens. Liz tells Max that while she feels for him, she is also terrified of him, and so Max decides to end things between them for good. Jesse, Alex's father and a member of Project Shepherd, presses Jenna for access to Sheriff Valenti's files. Michael tells Max and Isobel that he will confess to Rosa's murder to protect them.
5"Don't Speak"Jeffrey HuntAdam Lash & Cori UchidaFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)T48.101051.14[23]
Isobel disappears, and Max and Michael set out to find her. Liz finds a recording from the night her sister died with a local documentarian, Grant Green, saying that he saw "floating people", but when she confronts him, he runs off. Kyle and Alex uncover a vault belonging to the late Jim Valenti that he used to keep Rosa safe while he helped her detox from her addiction. Rosa breaks into Green's storehouse, and confronts him again; he shows her a tape of what he saw. Isobel is rescued, but accidentally admits that she used her powers on Liz years earlier to send her away after Rosa's death. Kyle discovers that, rather than take advantage of her, Jim was in fact Rosa's father, which explains why he went to such lengths to shield her. Max forces Isobel to track down Liz, who is captured and interrogated by Wyatt, who has been sent to silence Green. She escapes, and runs into Max, who shoots Wyatt. Noah kicks Isobel out after she refuses to explain why she left. Alex finds a piece of alien husk hidden by Jim. Liz realizes that Max covered up Rosa's death because Isobel killed her.
6"Smells Like Teen Spirit"Tim AndrewEva McKenna & Carina Adly MacKenzieFebruary 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)T48.101060.89[24]
In 2004, a young Max uses his power for the first time to save Isobel from a rapist. He explains to Liz that it was the trauma of that night that caused Isobel's blackouts. In 2008, at their high school prom, Liz leaves her date, Kyle, when Alex accuses him of using an anti-gay slur. Isobel grows closer to Rosa, who wants to leave town so she can get clean, and disappears that night, sparking an argument between her and her brothers. Liz and Max go on a trip into the desert, where Max confesses his dream to be a writer. Alex and Michael discover they are attracted to each other, and hook up. Jesse catches them, and breaks Michael's hand. A drunken Rosa drives Max off just before Isobel kidnaps and smothers her in a jealous rage after previously killing two girls who had vandalized Rosa's car before blacking out, which causes her to suffer amnesia. Michael lies and says that he killed the girls, and the siblings stage a car accident to destroy the bodies. A horrified Liz tells Max she never wants to see him again. Isobel tells Michael that she's ready to answer for what she did.
7"I Saw the Sign"Paul WesleyMiguel Nolla & Christopher HollierMarch 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)T48.101071.02[25]
8"Barely Breathing"Ruba NaddaGlenn Farrington & Kamran PashaMarch 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)T48.101080.92[26]
9"Songs About Texas"Shiri ApplebySabir Pirzada & Carina Adly MacKenzieMarch 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)T48.101091.02[27]
10"I Don't Want To Miss A Thing"[28]Lance AndersonRick Montano & Vincent IngraoMarch 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)TBATBD


Critical reception[edit]

The series holds an approval rating of 53% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 6.22/10 on Rotten Tomatoes. 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."[29] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 58 out of 100 based on 13 critics.[30]


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" January 15, 2019 0.4/2 1.51[19] 0.2 0.92 0.6 2.43[31]
2 "So Much For the Afterglow" January 22, 2019 0.4/2 1.21[20] 0.2 0.91 0.6 2.12[32]
3 "Tearin' Up My Heart" January 29, 2019 0.3/1 1.27[21] 0.3 0.81 0.6 2.08[33]
4 "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?" February 5, 2019 0.3/1 1.12[22] 0.3 0.92 0.6 2.04[34]
5 "Don't Speak" February 12, 2019 0.3/1 1.14[23] 0.2 0.84 0.5 1.98[35]
6 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" February 26, 2019 0.2/1 0.89[24] 0.2 0.78 0.4 1.67[36]
7 "I Saw the Sign" March 5, 2019 0.3/1 1.02[25] 0.2 0.77 0.5 1.80[37]
8 "Barely Breathing" March 12, 2019 0.2/1 0.92[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Songs About Texas" March 19, 2019 0.3/1 1.02[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD


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