The original series was developed and executive produced by Jason Katims and introduced a young ensemble that included Katherine Heigl, Shiri Appleby, Colin Hanks Jason Behr, Brendan Fehr, Emilie de Ravin, Majandra Delfino, Nick Wechsler and Adam Rodriguez — all of whom went on to star on other series.
Written by Corinne Kingsbury, the project centers on a flawed and irreverent young woman who just happens to be blind and is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend.
This equals the most pilots the CW has ordered in a single year.This eventually resulted in the show's cancellation from UPN as well. We are introduced to Liz Parker, Maria De Luca, and 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, which serves alien-themed dishes.THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT creator Rob Thomass and his frequent collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge via Spondoolie Productions as well as Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.PLAYING DEAD Written by Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims, the project is a dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death.Though sworn to tell no one, Liz does divulge Max's secret to Maria in the pilot. Secrecy and the tension that surrounds secrets become major themes of the series, important to character development, relationships, and plot.Fear of authority is another theme of the series, and the teenagers must protect the secret from antagonists who are in positions of authority: Roswell's sheriff, Jim Valenti, and a series of FBI agents.In dialogue between other characters we learn that Max, Isabel, and Michael had a pattern of isolating themselves from other students.A love triangle begins between Max, Liz, and Kyle Valenti (the sheriff's son who Liz is dating).In the United Kingdom, the show aired as both Roswell High Roswell High was originally developed by 20th Century Fox Television and Regency Television for the Fox Network, though it eventually landed on The WB (retitled simply to Roswell) 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 ,000,000.