Hex (TV series)
Hex is a British television programme developed by Shine Limited and aired on the Sky One satellite channel. The story is set in a remote English boarding school with a mysterious past. Series one explores the supernatural relationship between a Fallen Angel named Azazeal and a student called Cassie, a witch. In the second series the story centres on 500-year-old anointed one Ella Dee, Azazeal's son Malachi. Both series of the show are available on Region 2 DVD, with the first series released on Region 1 DVD in June 2007; the show was cancelled in April 2006 after the end of the second series. From its outset, Hex appears to be the story of Cassie Hughes, an attractive but withdrawn young woman who enrolls at the school but can't quite seem to fit into the social milieu; the second series shifts the focus from the departing Cassie Hughes to Ella Dee. Hex is set at a remote English school, Medenham Hall, which occupies the former manor house and grounds of the McBain estate, it was the site of an 18th-century witchcraft scandal in which the female members of the line, the Medenham Witches, were tried and executed.
Cassie, who raised herself in a single-parent household caring for her mentally unstable mother, has latent telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities that are awakened when she touches an antique vase, used in Voodoo rituals by the Medenham Witches. Her roommate, discovers that Cassie is a descendant of the Medenham Witches. Cassie has startling visions and dreams that she strives to interpret, struggles with controlling her growing telekinetic and pyrokinetic powers, which she is only able to summon in times of stress. Cassie is stalked by a "dangerous looking" stranger. Glimpsed fleetingly, he becomes bold entering into the student's rooms in the series without warning or permission. Azazeal is revealed to be the leader of the biblical Nephilim, fallen angels, he claims to be in love with Cassie, he has had previous relationships with schoolmistress Jo Watkins and Cassie's own mother, which may have contributed to her mental illness. Frustrated by his inability to convince Cassie that his claims are sincere, Azazeal kills Thelma before Cassie's eyes as a sacrifice to increase his power and prove that he is who he says he is.
This act has two unintentional consequences: his power over Cassie is weakened by the shock, Thelma thereafter continues to share Cassie's room as a ghost that only Cassie and other ghosts can see. Thelma never forgives Azazeal for her own death, is a strong voice against him to Cassie, who has grown to have feelings for him. Thelma is unable to touch the living, but she can touch other ghosts and manipulate inanimate objects and eat, which she does constantly. Thelma works behind the scenes to spy on Azazeal and gather evidence from places where Cassie cannot enter. Cassie, while horrified by some of Azazeal's behaviour finds herself drawn into his power. Azazeal possesses Cassie, while under his power, she gives herself to him and they conceive a child. Thelma learns from Peggy, the ghost of a woman who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic, that the gestation of Azazeal's child is weakening the veil between worlds, allowing more ghosts to appear to the living. If the child is born, the veil will be torn.
If the pregnancy is terminated, the veil will heal, preventing the Nephilim from returning and leaving Azazeal the only one of his kind in our world. But there is a side effect: ghosts will vanish from this world. Cassie, after much convincing from Thelma decides that her fetus must be aborted, although it is growing at an alarming rate. A week after conception, the doctors believe. Thelma assists Cassie, without telling her. Azazeal tries to interfere and save his son, but Cassie goes through with the abortion...or so she thinks. When Thelma realizes that Cassie can still see her, Thelma knows. Cassie discovers weeks that the doctor who performed her procedure has been influenced by Azazeal, that the baby is alive and in Azazeal's care. Thelma discovers that Azazeal is raising the child, walking in an abandoned nearby church, she and Cassie decide that they must somehow get the child, whom Azazeal has named "Malachi", but are clueless as to how to accomplish this. Azazeal becomes aware that they are watching him and tries to convince Cassie that he only wants her to join them so that they can be a "real family".
Cassie, still under his spell, is attracted by the prospect but retains enough of herself to know that this is something she should not want. While Cassie and Thelma strategize, new characters are introduced at the school while old ones depart. Troy, convinced that Cassie's child is his, left the school at the end of the first series. Jo Watkins, having "really let herself go," is seen at school as she has become Azazeal's live-in nurse and nanny; the school gains a new chaplain, Jez Heriot, who doesn't "wear the uniform" except when conducting services and teaches Ethics. When Jo disappears, David Tyrel asks Jez to take her classes as well; the students don't realize that he is a priest, Roxanne is quite taken with him, so much so that she can't help but seduce him after the truth is known. A new student arrives at Medenham: Ella Dee, her wardrobe wins her points with the boy
Jericho (2006 TV series)
Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama television series, which centers on the residents of the fictional city of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear attack on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States. The show was produced by CBS Paramount Network Television and Junction Entertainment, with executive producers Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Chbosky, Carol Barbee, it was shown in more than 30 countries. Jericho ran on CBS from September 20, 2006, to March 25, 2008, it was canceled after its first full season, because of poor ratings. A fan campaign persuaded the network to bring the show back for another season, of seven episodes, after which it was canceled again. In November 2008, TV Guide reported that The CW would air repeats of Jericho to replace the canceled series Valentine. In 2007, Jericho was ranked. In 2009, plans were announced for a feature film based on the series, cancelled, a continuation of the Jericho storylines in a comic-book series. IDW Publishing released a new comic-book series for Season 4 in August 2012.
The storyline centers on the residents of Jericho, a small northwest Kansas town, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear attack on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States. The series begins with a visible nuclear detonation of unknown origin in Colorado. Despite initial belief that it was an accident, Dale Turner, one of the characters, receives a phone call from his mother in Atlanta, Georgia; the call is cut out by the sound of a nuclear blast. Upon showing this to others, it is revealed. Problems are compounded by loss of power and modern communications isolating Jericho. Power is restored to Jericho by what is alluded to as the efforts of the U. S. government but an electromagnetic pulse from an unknown source disables all electronics. While the first few episodes are about restoring life after the attacks, about halfway through the season some of the citizens meet with citizens of a nearby town, New Bern. At first, relations are established, resulting in a trade of windmills, built in New Bern's factory, for supplies for food from Jericho's farms and salt from its mine.
Relations sour as New Bern scapegoats Jericho for its problems and the New Bern sheriff declares war, leading to the season's climax. Several themes addressed in the show included the gathering of information, community identity, public order, limited resources, the value of family, hardships of fatherhood and internal and external threats; the show features several mysteries involving the backgrounds of major characters, the perpetrators of the attack and the extent of damage to the United States and its government. The pivotal character in this story is the 32-year-old son of Mayor Johnston Green. Jake had fled the town of Jericho five years earlier, when he became mixed up with the wrong people and was involved in questionable activity, he returns home to claim his inheritance, before being stranded by the catastrophe. After a somewhat awkward return home and a tense reunion with his father, Jake steps up to become a leader in Jericho, fighting to protect the town and its citizens; as the people of Jericho struggle to survive in a changed world, most remain unaware that one of the newest residents, Robert Hawkins, knows a lot more about the attacks than he is letting on.
It is revealed that he is in possession of an unexploded nuclear bomb, supposed to be used in the attack but how he obtained it and what side he is on remain anything but clear. Grey Anderson encounters a Federal Emergency Management Agency camp outside of Topeka, where he learns that the attack on New York City was foiled by alert New York City Police who shot the bomber before he could detonate the nuclear bomb that he had in the back of a van. Mayor Green reports that the NYPD captured the van in New York with a 20-kiloton nuclear bomb on board but Washington, D. C. has been bombed. On the way back from the FEMA camp, Anderson's car is stolen by 12 looters and he is forced to walk home to Jericho. Anderson reports that Lawrence, Kansas has been attacked. Robert Hawkins receives a morse code message on a ham radio stating that Denver, Chicago, Kansas City, San Diego and several more cities not shown on screen have been attacked. A black box flight data recorder that Jake recovers from a crashed airliner indicates that air traffic control is non-existent, a mushroom cloud is rising 60 km into the atmosphere and that flashes have been seen towards Texas.
A radiation-burn victim walks into Jericho from Denver, leading a rescue party to Bear Lake but the 20 radiation-burn victims there are dead. Before the unnamed radiation-burn victim dies, while he is interrogated by Hawkins, it is revealed that he is an accomplice of Hawkins and that there is a traitor in the attack. In the season one finale, armed residents of New Bern attack Jericho with crude mortars made at the factories in New Bern; the mortar bombardment injure people in Jericho. Jake and Johnston Green along with Robert Hawkins lead a counter-attack on New Bern's forces outside of town, killing many of the attackers. Army units arrive to separate the combatants; the military forces of the new Allied States of America, which now govern most of what was the Western United States, except the independent Republic of Texas, have restored order to Jericho and its hinterland, putting an abrupt end to the conflict between Jericho and its rival town, New Bern. As a sense of normality returns to Jericho, the plot shifts away from day-to-day survival to life and p
Masters of Science Fiction
Masters of Science Fiction is an American television anthology series by some of the producers of Masters of Horror. The show debuted on ABC on August 2007 at 10PM for a run of four episodes, it was scheduled to run in six parts, but two episodes were removed from the schedule for undisclosed reasons. The show follows a similar format as Masters of Horror, with each hour long episode taking the form of a separate short film adaptation of a story by a respected member of the science fiction community, hence the Masters in the title. In December 2007, the show was picked up by Space in Canada; this was followed by the North American premiere of the missing two episodes. A Region 1 DVD of all six episodes was released on August 5, 2008. On February 12, 2012, the Science Channel began airing the episodes, under the title Stephen Hawking's Sci-Fi Masters, beginning with the first domestic airing of the episode "Watchbirds"; the show is hosted off-screen by physicist Stephen Hawking. Masters of Science Fiction press release The Futon's Summer Preview: ABC's Masters of Science Fiction The Futon's First Look: Masters of Science Fiction "Cast Set for Masters of Sci Fi", Zap2it, August 4, 2006.
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Sherlock (TV series)
Sherlock is a British crime drama television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Thirteen episodes have been produced, with four three-part series airing from 2010 to 2017, a special episode that aired on 1 January 2016; the series is set in the present day, while the one-off special features a Victorian period fantasy resembling the original Holmes stories. Sherlock is produced by the British network BBC, along with Hartswood Films, with Moffat, Sue Vertue and Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producers; the series is supported by the American station WGBH-TV Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series on PBS, where it airs in the United States. The series is filmed in Cardiff, with North Gower Street in London used for exterior shots of Holmes and Watson's 221B Baker Street residence. Sherlock has been praised for the quality of its writing and direction.
It has been nominated for numerous awards including Emmys, BAFTAs and a Golden Globe, winning several awards across a variety of categories. The show won in three categories at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Cumberbatch, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Freeman and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Moffat. Two years it won Outstanding Television Movie. In addition, the show was honoured with a Peabody Award in 2011; the third series became the UK's most watched drama series since 2001. Sherlock has been sold to 180 territories. All of the series have been released on DVD and Blu-ray, alongside tie-in editions of selected original Conan Doyle stories and original soundtrack composed by David Arnold and Michael Price. In January 2014, the show launched. Sherlock depicts "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes solving various mysteries in modern-day London. Holmes is assisted by his flatmate and friend, Dr John Watson, who has returned from military service in Afghanistan with the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Although Metropolitan Police Service Detective Inspector Greg Lestrade and others are suspicious of Holmes at first, over time, his exceptional intellect and bold powers of observation persuade them of his value. In part through Watson's blog documenting their adventures, Holmes becomes a reluctant celebrity with the press reporting on his cases and eccentric personal life. Both ordinary people and the British government ask for his help. Although the series depicts a variety of crimes and perpetrators, Holmes' conflict with nemesis Jim Moriarty is a recurring feature. Molly Hooper, a pathologist at St. Bart's Hospital assists Holmes in his cases. Other recurring roles include Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson and Watson's landlady, series co-creator Mark Gatiss as Holmes' elder brother Mycroft. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock Holmes fans with experience of adapting or using Victorian literature for television, devised the concept of the series. Moffat had adapted the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for the 2007 series Jekyll, while Gatiss had written the Dickensian Doctor Who episode "The Unquiet Dead".
Moffat and Gatiss, both Doctor Who writers, discussed plans for a Holmes adaptation during their numerous train journeys to Cardiff where Doctor Who production is based. While they were in Monte Carlo for an awards ceremony, producer Sue Vertue, married to Moffat, encouraged Moffat and Gatiss to develop the project themselves before another creative team had the same idea. Moffat and Gatiss invited Stephen Thompson to write for the series in September 2008. Gatiss has criticised recent television adaptations of the Conan Doyle stories as "too reverential and too slow", aiming instead to be as irreverent to the canon as the 1930s and 1940s films starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, which were set in the contemporary interwar era. Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock uses modern technology, such as texting, the internet and GPS to solve crimes. Paul McGuigan, who directed two episodes of Sherlock, says that this is in keeping with Conan Doyle's character, pointing out that "n the books he would use any device possible and he was always in the lab doing experiments.
It's just a modern day version of it. He will use the tools that are available to him today in order to find things out."The update maintains various elements of the original stories, such as the Baker Street address and Holmes's adversary Moriarty. Some of these elements are transposed to the present day: for example, Martin Freeman's Watson has returned from military service in Afghanistan. While discussing the fact that the original Watson was invalided home after serving in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, Gatiss realised that "t is the same war now, I thought; the same unwinnable war."Sherlock was announced as a single 60-minute drama production at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August 2008, with broadcast set for mid to late 2009. The intention was to produce a series of six 60-minute episodes should the pilot prove to be successful; the first version of the pilot—reported by The Guardian to have cost £800,000—led to rumours within the BBC and wider media that Sherlock was a potential disaster.
The BBC decided not to transmit the pilot, requesting a reshoot and a total of three 90-minute episodes. The original pilot was included on the DVD of the first series. During the audio commentary, the creative team said that the BBC were "very happy" with the pilot but asked them to change the format. Cri
Falling Skies is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom Mason, a former history professor who becomes the second-in-command of the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment, a group of civilians and fighters fleeing Boston following an alien invasion that devastated the planet; the series, a production of DreamWorks Television—and from 2014 to 2015, being a production from Spielberg's Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Television—was broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT, in Canada on Super Channel and on Space; the series premiered on June 19, 2011. On July 18, 2014, TNT renewed the show for a 10-episode fifth and final season, which started on June 28, 2015, concluded on August 30, 2015. Falling Skies begins six months after a global invasion by extraterrestrials, where in early days, the invaders neutralized the world's power grid and technology and destroyed all the world's militaries, killed over 90% of the human population by destroying all of the world's major cities and capitals.
The aliens include mechanical attack drones called "mechs". The aliens' objectives are not explained until season 4, they plan to extract helium-3 from Earth's moon to power their technology, to use humanity as an enslaved front-line army in their war with another alien race. To do this, the aliens round up children between the ages of 8 and 18 and attach a biomechanical mind control harness to their spines. Forcibly removing it kills the child, but midway through season 1, a surgical method is developed that allows a harness to be safely removed, leaving in place the "spikes" that connected the harness to the spinal column. In Season 5, it is revealed through an Espheni communication device—which Ben can interact with by touching it, due to having the spikes—that there is a being superior to the Overlords, known as "the Queen". In the series finale, the Queen explains that the invasion upon which the entire series is based is the result of a prior Espheni attempt to invade Earth, the only habitable planet in this galaxy and thus of immeasurable strategic importance.
Her beloved daughter led that invasion, but the Espheni underestimated humanity and the invasion was stopped. The Queen's daughter was killed and eaten, so the Queen swore to wipe out humanity in revenge; the story follows a group of survivors. They call themselves the Second Mass, an allusion to the historical regiment from the Continental Army; the group is led by retired United States Army Colonel Dan Weaver. Boston University history professor Tom Mason is second in command and must put his extensive knowledge of military history into practice while searching for his son Ben. At the end of season 2, a new alien race known as the Volm are introduced. Led by a Volm nicknamed Cochise by Tom Mason, the Volm are another species who the Espheni conquered in their galactic expansion, who want to destroy the Espheni in revenge. While more Volm forces arrive at the end of season 3, an attack on the Volm across the galaxy causes all but Cochise and a small team of Volm to abandon the Earth. Cochise and his soldiers continue to aid humanity in their war with the Espheni despite the lack of support from their superiors, notably Cochise's father.
In season 4, a devastating Espheni counterattack relegates humanity to Espheni-controlled ghettos across the planet. Meanwhile, Tom's half-Espheni daughter Alexis continues to grow and develop psychic powers due to her heritage. After the 2nd Mass escape the ghettos, another attack depletes their numbers. Learning of a power core on the Moon that controls all Espheni technology and Alexis launch an attack on the power core using a captured Espheni spacecraft. Alexis sacrifices herself to destroy the power core and Tom is left lost in space, but the Espheni war machine is left crippled with the loss of their air support and mechanized servants. In season 5, Tom is rescued by the Espheni's ancient enemy, the Dornia, who guide him into finding his inner warrior to defeat the Espheni once and for all. Returned to Earth, Tom rallies humanity into a global resistance that will march on major Espheni bases all over the world. Tom leads the militias in the United States in a march on the Espheni base in Washington, D.
C. With the help of an Espheni communications device, humanity learns that the Espheni serve a previously-unknown queen who comes to planets when victory is assured and the Espheni are moving from invasion to occupation. Indeed, while in Washington, Tom spots signs of the Espheni moving in on Earth. Tracking the queen to the ruins of the Lincoln Memorial, Tom confronts her alone and she informs him of the true reason for the invasion. Tom manages to infect the Espheni Queen with a Dornia bioweapon, killing her and spreading the bioweapon throughout the Espheni species; the Espheni are destroyed and the Earth is freed. Months humanity is united and makes plans to elect a new leader; when Tom is offered the position, he refuses it. Development began in 2009, when TNT announced that it had ordered a pilot for an untitled alien invasion project. Falling Skies was created by Robert Rodat, best known for writing the Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steven Spielberg. Rodat wrote the pilot episode from an idea, co-conceived by Spielberg.
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Moonlight (TV series)
Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television drama created by Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson, executive producer for all episodes with Joel Silver, Gerard Bocaccio, Gabrielle Stanton and Harry Werksman. The series follows private investigator Mick St. John, turned into a vampire by his bride Coraline on the couple's wedding night fifty-five years earlier. In the present day, he struggles with his attraction to a mortal woman, Beth Turner, his friendship with Josef Kostan, his dealings with other vampires in Los Angeles; the series was commissioned by Warner Bros. Television in 2007 as a presentation lasting 14–20 minutes. Alex O'Loughlin, Shannon Lucio, Rade Šerbedžija and Amber Valletta were cast in the lead roles, Rod Holcomb was hired as director. David Greenwalt joined the staff in May 2007 as executive producer with Joel Silver. All of the original actors, apart from the male lead role, were recast in June 2007, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring and Shannyn Sossamon replaced them. With an entirely different cast, a retooled, full-length pilot for television audiences was re-shot.
Moonlight was premiered on September 28, 2007, shown on Friday nights on CBS. Although received poorly by critics, the pilot finished first among total viewers and adults 18–49 for its night; the series received negative reviews, averaged 7.57 million American viewers per episode. Many critics criticized the writing. Moonlight went on hiatus due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, but returned with four new episodes once the strike ended. On May 13, 2008, CBS announced that Moonlight was cancelled. Trevor Munson conceived the character of Mick Angel in 2004 and spent two and a half years writing a novel featuring the character; the story was adapted into a feature film script, Bruce Willis was considered as a possibility for the lead role. The script was shown to Nina Tassler at CBS, who paired Munson with Ron Koslow, creator of Beauty and the Beast, to rewrite the script as a television series; the series was titled Twilight, Koslow and Munson wrote the pilot, which Warner Bros. Television commissioned as a presentation lasting 14–20 minutes in January 2007.
Joel Silver and Gerard Bocaccio were hired to be executive producers on the project under the former's production banner, Silver Pictures, in the same month. Alex O'Loughlin and Shannon Lucio were cast in the presentation, Rod Holcomb was hired as director; the project was renamed Moonlight when picked up by CBS on May 2007, prior the upfronts. David Greenwalt, creator of Miracles and co-creator of Angel, joined the staff in May 2007 as showrunner and executive producer alongside Silver. CBS had hired Greenwalt during the pilot process to restructure the original concept by Koslow and Munson, but health reasons forced Greenwalt to leave the series, Chip Johannessen took over showrunner duties in August 2007. During Greenwalt's restructuring of the pilot, all of the original actors save for the male lead role of Mick St. John were recast in June 2007: Shannon Lucio, Rade Šerbedžija and Amber Valletta were cast in the roles of Beth Turner, Josef Kostan and Coraline Duvall before Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring and Shannyn Sossamon replaced them.
With an entirely different cast, a retooled, full-length pilot for television audiences was re-shot. Joel Silver approached Dohring "out of the blue and said,'There's a role, I'm making it younger'". Dohring read two pages of script featuring Josef, was interested by the character's "dark" and "sharp" personality. Dohring had to go through the normal audition process and was not sure if he would have gotten the role without Silver, who had "pushed it all the way through to the end". Munson explained that the goal of the casting changes was "to lighten the show up a bit", he believed the changes granted the studio's and network's wish to "make it a little younger and hipper". O'Loughlin felt that the whole cast's becoming "a little bit younger" affected the character Josef, as the chosen actor, Šerbedžija, was twice Jason Dohring's age; the creators and the network were concerned that Josef, whose relationship with Mick was important, would appear as more of a "father figure" rather than as a friend.
O'Loughlin supported the recasting of Josef with a younger actor due to the resulting "level of ease in that age difference". To promote the series and the main cast attended the Comic-Con International on July 27, 2007, where the series was featured. Moonlight premiered on September 28, 2007, airing on Friday nights at 9:00/8:00c on CBS, following Ghost Whisperer. Internationally, CTV began airing the series in Canada in simulcast with the American broadcast; the series finale aired on May 2008 in the United States. The Sci Fi Channel began airing repeats of the series on January 23, 2009 on Fridays at 9 pm/ET; the series averaged one million viewers per episode on the Sci Fi Channel, making it one of the better-performing acquired series of the channel in recent years. Warner Home Video released the complete first season on DVD on January 20, 2009. Episodes are showing on Irish TV Channel 3e. On May 5, 2010, it was announced that reruns of the series would be paired with The Vampire Diaries repeats throughout the summer on The CW.
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Roswell (TV series)
Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, co-written by Jason Katims. The series moved to UPN for the third season. In the United Kingdom, the show aired as Roswell; the series is based on the Roswell High young adult book series, written by Melinda Metz and edited by Laura J. Burns, who became staff writers for the television series. Shiri Appleby as Liz Parker Jason Behr as Max Evans Katherine Heigl as Isabel Evans Majandra Delfino as Maria DeLuca Brendan Fehr as Michael Guerin Colin Hanks as Alex Whitman Nick Wechsler as Kyle Valenti William Sadler as Sheriff Jim Valenti Emilie de Ravin as Tess Harding Adam Rodríguez as Jesse Ramirez Garrett M. Brown as Philip Evans Mary Ellen Trainor as Diane Evans Diane Farr as Amy DeLuca John Doe as Jeff Parker Jo Anderson as Nancy Parker Nicholas Stratton as Young Michael Julie Benz as Kathleen Topolsky Jim Ortlieb as Nasedo Steve Hytner as Milton Ross Richard Schiff as Agent John Stevens David Conrad as Deputy David "Dave" Fisher/FBI Agent Daniel Pierce Devon Gummersall as Sean DeLuca Desmond Askew as Brody Davis/Larek Gretchen Egolf as Congresswoman Vanessa Whitaker Sara Downing as Courtney Banks Miko Hughes as Nicholas Crawford Daniel Hansen as Young Max Sebastian Siegel as Brad Carroll Baker as Grandma Claudia Jonathan Frakes as Himself Genie Francis as Queen Mother of Antar Erica Gimpel as Agent Susan Duff Howie Dorough as Alien Nelly Furtado as Herself Jason Dohring as Jerry Spence Decker as Kivar Morgan Fairchild as Maris Wheeler Joe Pantoliano as Kal Langley John Billingsley as Himself Roswell High was developed by 20th Century Fox Television and Regency Television for the Fox Network, though it landed on The WB thanks to the latter network's offer to extend a full 22-episode upfront commitment.
The pilot episode was filmed in 12 days with a budget of $2,000,000. "The Morning After," the second episode of the series, was the first episode with the full title sequence utilizing the theme song, "Here With Me" by Dido. Roswell was filmed in various locations around California. City Hall, Charter Oak High School, several other businesses and residences in Covina served as locations for the fictional locations in Roswell, New Mexico, as well as Vasquez Rocks, a 905-acre park in Los Angeles County; the series premiered on October 6, 1999, on The WB Television Network in the United States to favorable reviews, it gained an outspoken fanbase. In response to the problems the series had with ratings during its first season, the relationship-driven standalone episodes of the early first season were to be replaced with more science fiction themes and multi-episode plot arcs. Starting with the second season, after a fierce fan-driven campaign involving bottles of Tabasco sauce—a favorite condiment of the show's alien characters—being sent to the network's offices, veteran science fiction writer Ronald D. Moore was brought in to join Katims as an executive producer and showrunner and to further develop the science fiction elements of the show.
Not all fans responded favorably to the shift to more science fiction-driven storylines during the second season and the ratings continued to disappoint, causing the network to cancel the show on May 15, 2001, after the show's second-season finale, a move anticipated due to the sagging ratings. 20th Century Fox was able to persuade UPN to pick it up for a third season as a package deal when UPN outbid The WB for one of its popular flagship series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. During the 2001 - 2002 television season, Roswell, in its third season, aired directly after Buffy on Tuesday nights on UPN, though it was unable to hold on to the audience Buffy provided as a lead-in; this resulted in the show's cancellation from UPN as well. The Pilot is set in 1999. We are introduced to Liz Parker, Maria DeLuca, Alex Whitman, high school students and best friends residing in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico, site of the famed Roswell UFO incident. Liz Parker's parents own the Crashdown Café. At the beginning of The Pilot, Liz is waitressing in her parents' restaurant when a disagreement between two customers breaks out.
A gun goes off, Liz is accidentally shot. We are now introduced to a character named Max Evans, a normal high school student, who rushes to Liz's aid and heals the gunshot wound by placing his hand over it, saving her life; the healing leaves a silver hand print on her stomach. In order to hide what he has done, Max pours ketchup on Liz before fleeing the scene with his friend Michael Guerin; the shooting acts as a catalyst for the rest of the series' action. Liz is presented as an insatiably curious character, obtaining a sample of Max's saliva, analyzes it, finds that his cells do not look like normal human cells; when she confronts him, Max admits that he, his sister Isabel and their friend Michael, are aliens whose spaceship crashed at Roswell in 1947. In dialogue between other characters we learn that Max and Michael had a pattern of isolating themselves from other students. A love triangle begins between Max and Kyle Valenti. Though sworn to tell no one, Liz does divulge Max's secret to Maria in the pilot.