Prior to her work on Roswell, MacKenzie wrote for several other CW/WBTV dramas, including The Originals and The Flash. MacKenzie continues, “Because there’s a lot of nonsense getting spread around, let me make it clear this decision has nothing to do with any of the cast, crew or writers. According to THR‘s report, the departure came after prolonged behind-the-scenes friction between MacKenzie and Warner Bros. — carina adly mackenzie (@cadlymack) June 24, 2020
MacKenzie, who is credited with developing the supernatural series, served as co-showrunner with Christopher Hollier for both seasons. TV, as well with several of the show’s writers and cast members. Finding Liz Ortecho with Jeanine has been a joy. I love them in an epic forever handprints-on-my-soul kinda way. Roswell, New Mexico stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Dean, Michael Vlamis, Lily Cowles, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens, Michael Trevino and Amber Midthunder. pic.twitter.com/lA2ghvzuwP
— carina adly mackenzie (@cadlymack) July 10, 2020
The former co-showrunner’s tweets came shortly after The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of her departure. There are a lot of angry tears happening at my house tonight. Read those tweets below:
Really, really, REALLY upset to hear that @itv cut out a (pretty tame) love scene between two men and kept a (much more raunchy) heterosexual sex scene in their airing of an episode of #RoswellNM tonight. I put my finishing touches on the season premiere this week. to do “damage control” with the foreign distributor. But this is a business, and there were fundamental disagreements about a couple of things that were and are very important to me.”
Read MacKenzie’s full statement below:
I’m gonna let him fly. I think any fan who joined us for a glass of wine on Instagram live during this shutdown knows there’s no ‘tension,’ so I’m just gonna go back to texting with her about the home reno projects we’re both working on and roll my eyes at that boring attempt to pit women against each other. The gay sex scene was about love, and was a major part of a long term character arc; the straight sex scene was about… fucking. She also recently accused British broadcaster ITV of editing out a same-sex love scene from one of the series’ first episodes, something that reportedly required Warner Bros. — carina adly mackenzie (@cadlymack) June 24, 2020
It’s just… super upsetting not to have any advance notice of the way that my own work gets sliced and diced. What year is it?”
As for the show’s upcoming third season, MacKenzie had this to say: “Over the last few months, the team and I broke the Season 3 story together, I had talks with the actors about the season character journeys.
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When Roswell, New Mexico returns to The CW for its third season, it’ll do so with a slightly different behind-the-scenes team. “I obviously don’t take this decision lightly, but ultimately due to fundamental differences, I’m departing and entrusting [Roswell, New Mexico] to capable hands.