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The CW officially picks up Roswell reboot pilot

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Jan 30, 2018

The truth is finally out there. Last October, we learned that The CW had started preproduction on a revival of fan-favorite sci-fi teen drama, Roswell. Now, on the heels of the recently announced Charmed reboot, the network has officially ordered a pilot for a new one-hour Roswell series, along with five additional pilots, including one that sounds right up our alley.

According to TVLine, the Roswell reboot abandons much of the source material and goes in a different direction from the 2001 WB series. While it's still based in the same storied UFO hub of Roswell, New Mexico, the new show doesn't plan on shying away from the current political climate, and adds a topical twist.

The as-yet-untitled Roswell project centers around the daughter of undocumented immigrants, who finds out her childhood crush is a police officer who has been hiding the fact that he's an alien from outer space with unique abilities. According to the official logline: "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."

If that doesn't sound promising enough, the show has enlisted Flash writer Carina Adly MacKenzie as well as producers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (The Americans, Falling Skies, Under the Dome).

 

Another standout pilot just ordered from The CW is comedic drama The End of the World As We Know It. The logline certainly shows promise: "When a prison spaceship carrying the universe’s most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids’ pizza place in The Valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos."

Powerless showrunners Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker will reunite to write and executive-produce the series, which is based on a novel by Iva-Marie Palmer. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is also attached as an EP, along with a host of others.

The CW's additional pilot projects include Skinny Dip, In the Dark, Playing Dead, and Spencer.

Are you excited about the Roswell reboot or tired of seeing your favorite television shows from 15 years ago returning to haunt you? Tell us how you really feel in the comments.