Sci Fi Wire: Roswell Returns To Earth

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Roswell Returns To Earth

Shiri Appleby, star of the teen alien series Roswell, told SCI FI Wire that she’s looking forward to a return to the central romance between alien Max and human Liz in the upcoming third season, when the show moves to UPN from The WB. In an interview, Appleby added that she agreed that the series’ harder science-fiction edge last season may have alienated some of the show’s core fans.

“I think one of the great aspects about the show was the love and the feelings and the fact that these characters felt so deeply over this science fiction aspect,” Appleby said during UPN’s fall preview for reporters in Pasadena, Calif. “And when you went too science fiction, you lost a lot of the emotion. So hopefully this year, with the UPN support, we’ll be able to combine the two strengths, and the show will actually be able to blossom this year. The first season was great, but it was a lot of work, because it was only love story, which means it was me and Jason [Behr] working so many hours per day. And then second season, it was just the science fiction. So you were, like, wanting the emotion, versus in first season you were wanting more of a break from it, because it was so emotional and it took so much out of you. And so I think this year [executive producer] Jason [Katims] is really focusing on, like, giving the audience both of it, so they can get involved in the craziness of it, but still feel for the characters.”

Appleby said that it troubled her that the show shifted its focus from Liz and Max, played by Behr. “It bothered me to some degree, but at the same time, you acknowledge the fact that you’re part of an ensemble show, and … there’s so many great characters and so many great actors, that it was wonderful for the audience to get a little bit of a taste of everything. And the show started off that way. And it came and went. … It was sort of nice to have a break. But … I think this season is going to be focused on Max and Liz getting back together, and their trials and tribulations, and the Isabel romance. I think there will be a lot of things going on, but I think the focal point will be the love between the two of them, finally.” Roswell premieres on UPN at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Oct. 16.