Roswell, New Mexico co-showrunner Carina Adly MacKenzie is exiting the series ahead of the third season “due to fundamental differences”, MacKenzie said Friday in a statement posted on social media.
In her statement which reads in part, MacKenzie said, “I have made the difficult decision to resign from my role on Roswell, New Mexico. I do not take this decision lightly, but ultimately due to fundamental differences, I must depart and entrust Roswell, New Mexico to capable hands. I am so proud of what we built over the last two years, and I believe in the heart and soul of the show: asking tough questions, striving to make the world better, amplifying marginalized voices, and fighting the good fight.”
You can read her statement in full below.
“Carina Adly MacKenzie has departed as executive producer/co-showrunner of Roswell, New Mexico,” the show’s producer Warner Bros. TV confirmed. The show’s third season is on track to premiere in midseason 2021. We hear a showrunner will be announced in the coming weeks.
There has been some tension boiling over the last few weeks as evidenced by MacKenzie’s’ recent tweets.
Written by MacKenzie and directed by Julie Plec, the reimagined Roswell, like the original, is based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz.
The series centers on Roswell native Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) who reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown to move back in with her father after the government cuts funding on her biomedical research. When Liz arrives, she reconnects with her teenage crush Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons), who now is a Roswell police officer. Their chemistry is instantly electric, but Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly sister, Isobel (Lily Cowles), and their friend Michael (Michael Vlamis).
The series hails from Amblin TV, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV.
MacKenzie’s exit was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.