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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ second season begins production

From left, Jeanine Mason as Liz and Nathan Dean Parsons as Max in a scene from the first season of “Roswell, New Mexico. (John Golden Britt/The CW)

It’s a story set in New Mexico and it’s returning to production mid-August.

“Roswell, New Mexico,” which airs on The CW, is set to film its second season in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, New Mexico, and Madrid, according to the New Mexico State Film Office.

The series was given the green light in late April for a second season by the network. Production will take place through January.

“Roswell, New Mexico,” averaged around 1 million viewers during its first season for the network.

The film follows Lis Ortecho, played by Jeanine Mason, who returns to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico. She is the daughter of undocumented immigrants and discovers the truth about her teenage crush, Max Evans, played by Nathan Parsons, who is now a police officer.

Evans is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life.

Otrecho 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.

Michael Vlamis as Michael in “Roswell, New Mexico.” (Cathy Kanavy/The CW)

Michael Vlamis, who plays Michael Guerin in the series, said he was drawn to the script because it deals with the immigration issue.

“There’s a dynamic to this project that is different from many others,” he told the Journal during the first season. “Michael is a complex character who also has his own secrets. He wants to leave Earth and he is brilliant at what he does. There’s always this pull within him.”

According to the film office, the production will employ 260 New Mexico crew members and 2,550 state residents in extra and background roles.

Carina Adly MacKenzie, Julie Plec, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown are producing on the series.

It is based on the Roswell High book series, written by Melinda Metz.

Heather Hemmens as Maria in a scene from “Roswell, New Mexico.” The series returns to production where it used plenty of New Mexico locations. Pictured is the Mine Shaft Tavern in Madrid. (Lewis Jacobs/The CW)

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