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Did You Know… Roswell


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I’m saying this three days early but even so…

Happy Anniversary Roswell!

Roswell was originally released on then The WB (now CW) on October 6, 1999. Before the show moved to UPN for its third and final season. Created by Jonathan Dukes and developed by Jason Katims. And based on the young adult book series, Roswell High, written by Melinda Metz.

The show was centered around teens with the usual angst about love but with a twist. It also involved aliens.

Now, I’ve never read the books but I was a huge fan of the show. Been a fan since day one and own season one on DVD.  And now with the DVD broken (it wasn’t me), thanks to Netflix I have seasons one to three at my disposal.

I simply loved Max and Liz as a couple. I watched the show for them alone. Another reason was for Michael and Maria. But what really pulled me in were the conspiracies, the whole aliens are among us and alien hunters. And how everyone fought so hard to stay together, protect each other. It did not matter a zilch that they were a different species. That what they are held no importance. It was who they are to each other that mattered.

Unfortunately the show was cancelled after season three. But it did catapult the acting career of Katherine Heigl. Who’s starred in several romantic comedies. (21 Dresses being my favorite). As well as was part of the main cast of Grey’s Anatomy from season one through six.

Although, not much was seen (by me) of Shiri Appleby for a few years, she did land the titular role of Cate Cassidy. Radio dj and mother of Luxx Cassidy on Life Unexpected. And now stars as a reality television producer on unReal. Shiri Appleby, before Roswell, also guest starred on an episode of 7th Heaven as a gang member.

Colin Hanks went on to star in the movie House Bunny. And yes, I admit to watching the movie not once or twice. But more than three times.

I have no idea what happened to Jason Behr (Max). But I remember he starred in one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in season two. Before he starred in his debut role as lead character Max Evans. In BtVS, he’d made a deal with Spike to give him Buffy and in return Spike will turn him into a vampire.

Brendan Fehr (Michael) went on to star in the X-men First Class movie. (I knew that soldier looked familiar!) And surprisingly, played Rhomann Dey’s partner in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Writer and producer Jason Katims later created, wrote and produced Friday Night Lights. Author Melinda Metz often co-wrote with another author Laura J. Burns. And wrote a few of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Everwood book series. Another of her novels, Fingerprints, was also sold to ABC and made into a pilot. But was never picked up.

Did you watch Roswell? Were you a fan? Who was your favorite character? Favorite couple? Have a favorite episode? 

Mine was when Max got drunk off one sip of alcohol. And went crazy with Kyle, also drunk, to sneak into Liz’s room and steal her away from her date. He used his powers out in the open to show how crazy he was about her. And ended the night by giving her a humuna, humuna hell of a kiss on stage. Unfortunately the hooch wore off and he came back to his it’s not safe for us to be together senses. Sigh.

PS Did you know that in the books Liz’s character was of Spanish descent. Her last name was Ortecho but was changed to Parker in the TV series. Oh, the liberties they take.

<p><a href=”″>Roswell opening season 1</a> from <a href=”″>Star_Climber</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


PS I’ll be away for NaNoWriMo and looking for some guest bloggers to take over. If you’re interested, take a look at the sign up form below.  Make sure to send all your media content (author and/or book photo). And your social media and buy links and blog post by the end of October.