Yet another TV show from the past is coming back to life.
The original incarnation of “Roswell” premiered in October 1999 on The WB, running three seasons for a total of 61 episodes. It was based on the 10-book Roswell High series, which chronicled the adventures of three teen aliens and their human friends, who attend the fictional Ulysses F. Roswell High in Roswell, New Mexico.
Deadline reports tonight that “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jeanine Mason has been cast in the leading role of The CW’s “Roswell,” a reboot of the late ’90s/early 2000s series.
The CW has ordered a pilot episode for the series, described as “a reboot with an immigration twist of the cult sci-fi series.”
In the new “Roswell”….
“Reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, Liz Ortecho (Mason), a jaded biomedical researcher and the daughter of undocumented immigrants, is haunted by a tragic incident. She 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.
Liz 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 project, written by Carina Adly MacKenzie (“The Originals”) and directed by Julie Plec, hails from Amblin TV, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV.