Is a Roswell reboot coming to The CW at some point in the near future? It’s a little too early to say that for sure. Yet, it does appear as though a pilot for the potential series is coming to fruition.
Today, the network confirmed that they are taking a longer look at a new version of the classic series, one that is being executive-produced by The Originals’ Carina Adly MacKenzie. If you look below, you can get a little bit more information as to what you can expect via the official logline:
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.
Kevin Kelly Brown, which served as an executive producer on the original version of the series, is going to be serving in a similar role here.
The original Roswell was a fantastic series in its time, but the question you have to wonder here is simple: Why? Why pick up another version of this series, and why continue a reboot trend that isn’t exactly killing it? If you look at the biggest hits on the air the past couple of years, one is a completely-new concept in This Is Us while another in The Good Doctor is new to America. (It is based off of a South Korean TV series.) While CBS has figured something out with their revivals of MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0, The CW is likely canceling their Dynasty reboot later this year. Meanwhile, Fox’s new Lethal Weapon is performing okay, but not exactly so great that you should have confidence in its future.
One other thing to remember: It’s not like the original Roswell is that old. It’s not altogether dated and it can still be watched and enjoyed. The one thing that gives us hope is Carina Adly MacKenzie behind the scenes.
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