“Roswell” article in The Bakersfield Californian
Thanks to Heather for this :)
In the Eye Street section of today’s (Saturday) Bakersfield Californian there was an article on “Roswell” along with a picture.
Out of this world fan base
When Jason Katims, an executive producer of “Roswell,” is asked whether his show’s fans are, well, a little different, he laughs.
“You mean, like, they’re crazy?” he asks.
Last year, when the drama, about a group of stranded aliens posing as human teen-agers in Roswell, N.M., was about to be canceled by WB after one season, its fans mobilized – like crazy. Adopting Tabasco sauce, a favorite food of the alien characters, as their weapon, they sent 6,000 bottles to the network over a three-month period. This year, when it became clear the WB was going to drop the show, roughly 12,000 bottles of Tabasco were sent to the offices of UPN in three weeks.
“I will say it made a difference,” said Dean Valentine, chief executive of UPN, which picked up “Roswell” and will show it Tuesday nights this fall, following another former WB show, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “You really have to sit down and think about a person who gets up in the morning, who has many, many things to do, and who took part of their day to go the grocery store and buy a bottle of hot sauce to send to some executive in L.A.”
“Roswell,” which blends science fiction and adolescent angst in its story of the ultimate alienated teen-agers, has built a small – an average of 4.1 million viewers last season – but fervent audience that crosses age and gender lines. And it’s a group that quickly seized on the potential of the Internet as a rallying ground.