Why a Roswell Reunion Movie Will (Probably) Never Happen

Exclusive! Brendan Fehr and Nick Wechsler look back on the cult favorite WB series, which is hosting a reunion at the 2014 ATX TV Festival

By Tierney Bricker Jun 06, 2014 5:00 PMTags
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"Oh I am what I am."

Is there still life in Roswell, the WB's beloved cult series that ended in 2002 (with a few stains from the thousands of Tabasco sauce bottles being sent to the network in an effort to save it from cancellation)? 

According to some of the series' stars, the short answer is no. 

Creator Jason Katims and castmembers Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler and Brendan Fehr are set to participate in a reunion panel at the 2014 ATX TV Festival in Austin on Saturday. But before the on-stage reunion, the two stars, who played human Kyle Valenti and alien Michael Guerin respectively, chatted with E! News about why they can't see a Roswell reboot happening, even if reunions are all the rage given the recent reprisals of Veronica Mars, Heroes, The Comeback and Arrested Development.

Fehr, who currently stars on NBC's new hit drama The Night Shift, admitted that many of the cast and crew members felt unsatisfied with how the series ended. 

"I think we all feel in some small way that we were cut short," he said. "And that's not to blame anyone or whatever else, I'm just saying everyone gets their time and then you're gone, but it was one where I felt there was so much more potential for that show to go on longer. There were so many more stories to explore and so much more to tell."

So it seems like a movie or series would be a good idea, right?


"No. I don't see it," Wechsler, who now stars on ABC's soapy hit Revenge, said when asked if he could envision a reunion happening. "I just don't see it." (He did acknowledge that fans are definitely clamoring for some kind of on-screen reunion, saying, "They're still hanging on and they still want a movie.")

And Fehr agreed with his former co-star's sentiment, but not for any lack of love for Roswell or his character, who he loved playing because of his "brokenness." (Yes, we fought off the urge to give Fehr a hug just because we still get all emotional over Michael's struggles.)

"I will say no to any kind of movie  or anything like that, only because I don't have the imagination to see where that character is," Fehr explained of being hesitant to return to the fan-favorite role of Michael. "I'm not sure I can get back in his head that way. Because my youth and inexperience played such a big part in that role, that after getting married and having three kids, you're like, 'Can I put myself back in that headspace and find that?' I think I could, but I've never gone down that path. So I can't see it, just because of lack of imagination more than anything else. But it would be interesting to see what others think."

Though many feel it was canceled too soon, Roswell, which also starred Jason Behr and Katherine Heigl, still boasts a dedicated and loyal fan base, which Fehr admitted is somewhat suprising.

"Because it's been 15 years and that's a long time, so just the passion that still exists for that show is surprising," he explained, "But at the same time, because the loyalty of those fans…I mean, back in the day, you felt it and you knew it. There was something about the passion and the show that it doesn't surprise me at all that it's still going strong with those people that loved it."

Wechsler added that the continued passion from Roswell fans is "crazy, but not in a bad way. It means a lot though that people have stuck with us. It means more to me now."