'Roswell' Reboot in the Works at the CW

Kelly Woo

Teen aliens could be among us, again.

The CW is looking to return to "Roswell," the teen drama that aired on the WB and UPN for three seasons from 1999 to 2002. The project is under the guidance of producer Carina MacKenzie ("The Originals").

The TV show was based on Melinda Metz's YA book series and developed for the small screen by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"). It starred Shiri Appleby as a high student in the small town of Roswell, New Mexico. Extraordinary events introduce her to Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, and Brendan Fehr — aliens posing as fellow students.

The reboot has an immigration twist, much like the nascent "Party of Five" reboot. Here's the official synopsis:

After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he's an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. 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.

Reboots have long been a trend, of course, but now they're targeting shows from the late '90s. What's next — "Dawson's Creek"? "Felicity"? "ER"?!