Most people don’t know this, but I was and still am an avid fan of the WB TV show Roswell.
When it was in production, I watched it every week and could not wait for the series to continue with multiple seasons. (I even recorded the episodes on VHS). Unfortunately, most people did not view the show the same way I did. It had thousands of avid fans, but low ratings so it was canceled. Despite the fact that the numbers of fans were few and far between, the bulk of them made up for it in tenacity. Posts in multiple forums were made pleading with the producers to release it on DVD and luckily it was.
However, there were certain circumstances that had to be overcome in order to release it. When the WB existed, it was known for finding new artists, and featuring their music in popular teen shows which led to the artist’s big break. In order to release Roswell, the producers had to approach all of those musicians (which had been made famous via the show) and request their permission for the release. Some of them allowed it, and others requested more money, which was the problem. The main reason why the show was released was for those avid fans and why it took so long was because of those artists. The producers did not have a lot of money to offer those newly successful artists thus many of the songs used in the show were replaced and a note was attached to the inside of the DVD collections explaining the situation.
The main reason why I am bringing this up, is that I got a craving for Roswell this last week and so I have been watching the episodes. Since I was such an avid fan, I know what songs are supposed to be where and am displeased with the songs they chose to replace them with. The episode that got me the most thus far was: She Cries Your Name. In this episode, Alex dies and his best friends tries to find out why. This episode was named after a song by Beth Orton, who is mentioned within the plot and her song “She Cries Your Name” was played in the final scene where his best friend, Liz, essentially cries his name as she fumbles hysterically through photos of him and reminisces of the times they spent together. This scene was touching when it was first aired, and watching it now with the new random song that they have replaced it with, is hurtful to the scene’s intention. I don’t understand how they could make the assumption that this song was replaceable, I mean, was it Beth who refused to sell her song despite the fact that she got massive amounts of advertisement from it? Or did the produces feel that it was acceptable to replace it?
Many artists got their debuts here: Remy Zero, Lifehouse, Nelly Furtado, Dido, Ivy, Gomez, Linkin Park. Some of these artists were already on the way before this show featured their songs, but I am sure that their sales went up afterwards. It frustrates me to no end since I was such a fan of the show and feel that it has been changed from my original viewings.
Anyway, that was my rant. If there is anyone else out there that is a fan of the show, please let me know, the bulk of my friends have never even heard of it.