From Hollywood Reporter
Sept 21, 2000

Nutter to develop WBTV series
Director David Nutter ("Disturbing Behavior") has signed a one-year deal with Warner Bros. Television to develop, produce and direct TV series. Nutter has a strong track record in television. He has directed the pilots of James Cameron's new Fox drama "Dark Angel," Fox's "Millennium" and the WB Network's "Roswell," for which he also was an executive producer last season. His other credits include directing multiple episodes of Fox's "The X-Files" and NBC's "ER."
From TV Industry.com
Sept 20, 2000

Warner Bros. is repackaging the Superman concept, this time as a new series for the WB. The network has completed a 13-episode deal with Warner Bros. TV and Tollin/Robbin Productions for a live-action series that will revolve around a 15-year-old Superman, Variety reports. Targeted for the 2001-02 season, the "Teenage Clark Kent Project" is being written by "Shanghai Noon" screenwriters Miles Millar and Alfred Gough. Brian Robbins ("Varsity Blues") will direct the pilot. Variety says that the per-episode license fee paid by the WB ranks is "among the highest" it has paid for a first-year drama. No word yet on casting.
From Sci-Fi Wire
September 15, 2000

Beltran Ready For Voyager Finish
Robert Beltran, who plays Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager, told fans on the official Trek Web site that he won't be sorry to see the series end next year. "I am going to be sad to miss the people that I work with," Beltran said. "But I'm looking forward to moving on to different projects and material."
Elsewhere, Beltran has been vocal in his disdain for Voyager's writing staff and the way actors on the series are treated. But he muted those criticisms in the official Web site fan Q&A.

As you know, I'd like to see Robert Beltran join the cast of Roswell!

From Sci-Fi Wire
September 11, 2000

SF&F Shows Shut Out Of Emmys
Genre television shows were shut out of the prime-time Emmy Awards, presented Sept. 10 by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 3rd Rock from the Sun star John Lithgow lost the best actor award to Michael J. Fox of Spin City. Among the other top genre nominees, ABC's Arabian Nights lost the miniseries award to HBO's The Corner, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon lost the dramatic writing award to The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin and Rick Cleveland.
Genre shows fared better on Aug. 26, when the so-called "creative Emmys," honoring technical winners, were presented. The winners of the technical awards included The X-Files and Discovery's nonfiction Walking with Dinosaurs, each of whom took home three awards.

From Cinescape
Sept/Oct 2000 Issue

It looks like The Next Generation's Number One might not be numero uno on the next Trek movie. First Contact/Insurrection director Jonathan Frakes currently has another project in development at Paramount, a sci-fi film called Clockstoppers. If that movie gets the green light soon, Frakes might not be available to helm Trek 10. "Clockstoppers is not unlike Back to the Future. It's Paramount and Nickelodeon," Frakes reveals. "It's being written by the guys who wrote Rugrats, and I'm on to direct, so I'm very excited" .

From Cinescape:
September 7, 2000

It looks like the Grim Reaper may be making a visit to one of the major characters in the second season of Roswell. While talking to TV Guide, series co-creator/executive-producer Jason Katims revealed, "What happens to one of the characters in the first episodeónot necessarily one of the kids, will lead to a major discovery, and someone might get killed off."

From Sci-Fi Wire
September 6, 2000

The WB Offers Roswell Spoilers
The WB is dropping hints about the sophomore season of its teen alien series Roswell, which premieres Oct. 2. In season two, the three teen aliens--played by Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl and Brendan Fehr--discover that they are not alone on Earth, and Max (Behr) is chosen to lead their exiled people, the WB said.
The teens learn that their destiny is to ensure not only their own survival, but also that of their besieged planet. Meanwhile, the romances that blossomed in the first season are disrupted by the knowledge that the aliens are meant to be only with their own kind. Executive producer Jason Katims, meanwhile, told TV Guide that the show will start with a bang. "What happens to one of the characters in the first episode--not necessarily one of the kids--will lead to a major discovery, and someone may get killed off," he said.
From Cinescape
June 19, 2000

Ronald D. Moore has confirmed that he has jumped on board the Roswell TV series in a co-executive producer capacity. According to TrekWeb, Moore will be second in command on the program after the show's creator and executive producer Jason Katims. While talking to the site, Moore revealed that he sat down and studied the series in preparation of coming on, adding, "There's something very endearing about [the characters] and the show itself, and I'm really starting to enjoy myself as we work on season two."

More from Sept/Oct Issue of Cinescape
The show's sci-fi pedigree will get a big boost in the coming season thanks to a high-profile addition to the behind-the-scenes staff -- former Next Generation/Deep Space Nine writer/producer Ronald D. Moore. "Ron is the creator of some of the great Klingon mythology of Star Trek. He'll help us with the alien mythologyy on Roswell," [Jonathan] Frakes explains.

Melinda Metz chatted with fans on TheWB.com.
Here's what she said about writing and Roswell...
Do you think Max and Liz should have split up in "Destiny?"

"From what I've read from interviews with Jason Katims, the Max and Liz relationship is very important...but it's hard to keep even your favorite couples together for 10 books or a whole TV season."

How did you initially react to the Tess character introduced at the end of the season?
"The TV show has such a different storyline that as a fan and a viewer I'll be curious to see where they go with her charachter."
What advice can you give to an aspiring writer?

"I think the thing that helped me most is that I read when I was a kid and I read a lot...you get a sense of how other authors handle storytelling and characters...A big thing for me is that is was hard to vision myself as a writer so you shouldn't think of writing as something ordinary people can't do."

Do you ever read the fanfics that people write about 'Roswell' and 'Roswell High'?

"I didn't want to read other people's ideas because at the time was finishing up the Roswell High series. I know people work really hard on them so I guess now I'll [read] some of them" Ms. Metz, read mine! Read Mine!

What do you think of Michael and Maria on screen vs. Michael and Maria from the series?

"I guess they're a little more fiery on screen. They have a different relationship in the books than in the show but I think they're a couple you want to see together in both places."

Is there any way we can write to you, like a fan address or something?

"You can write to my e-mail address nymmetz@aol.com"


July 27, 2000
Author Melinda Metz Chat on thewb Thursday

Katherine Heigel in TV Guide this week

Get online with the inspiration for Roswell
The Session on www.thewb.com will begin at 7p ET/6CT/4PT. According to The WB: "Advance questions for Melinda can be submitted by entering The WB chat as a registered user and submitting a question through the menu features in the chat window. You must be a registered user as guest questions will not be accepted."

Quote (about next season): "There are bad guys to battle, a home planet to visit and lots of kissing to engage in."

July 18, 2000
On
Season Two of Roswell
Jonathan Frakes, Executive Producer, Director of Roswell
"It's really become, in a lot of ways, about Max, who is, as Jason Katims likes to refer to him, not unlike Michael Corleone--he tried to get out, but he's always brought back. He is the leader, he is the number-one alien; and it's a great character for that.

In the beginning of this coming season...there is going to be a great [revelation] of something that I'm not supposed to divulge in the first episode, which will help. And I think, at the end of the last episode, we certainly let them know that our aliens are not the only aliens out there, which is also an appeal--and fuel for a lot of the season next year."

"...in the beginning of the second season, there will be an event that will alter the way our aliens lead their lives. So it's no longer going to be just between humans. We now have human-alien relationships, alien-alien relationships, and the fact that there are other races of aliens here on Earth with us, so it's a pretty cool sci-fi concept, I think."

Past Quotes
On
Fans and the Internet
Jason Katims, Executive Producer and Writer
"...we definitely have a lot of people in the office who keep up with it [the Internet] and let us know what's going on. I feel great about it, because it's so great to get feedback and to know there are people who are interested in it.
"...I wouldn't look solely to the Internet, but the general direction that we've gone is to move more into the mystery and mythology of what's going on. It's been a natural progression for us, where at the beginning of the season, it was more about the discovery of aliens existing, and the weirdness of aliens existing in a normal place. But as we move toward the end of the season and make all these discoveries, it becomes a world that's a little more alien. [Now,] anybody who walks into the show, you're not quite sure who they are.

... There [was] a fan party ... which we're very excited about. Some of the people in our office arranged for them to get a tour of the sets. ... When you do this stuff, you're working in your little vacuum, and you're just this little company plodding along, doing your shows. So to know that there are people out there who feel strongly enough to ... get on a plane and come here and converge ... you get a real charge out of [it]."

David Nutter, Executive Producer, Roswell / Director, The X-Files

"When I was at The X-Files, it was a situation where the Internet was really the world where the audience, who got on the Internet and really got into the show, made X-Files a cult hit. I think that's a wonderful group of people to try and win over but it's a very difficult group to win over as well."

"Our goal is to make a show that's smart and compelling enough to have people become fans, get on the Internet and make it even better. It's a wonderful fan base to really spend time and get involved with and it will open us up into a whole different world."




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