‘The X-Files’ Returns with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for 6-Episode Event
After rumors pretty much took the internet by storm, The X-Files return is now official. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Thirteen years after Chris Carter’s sci-fi hit came to an end, FOX has ordered a six-episode event series. This marks the return of the pop culture phenomenon that, to this day, remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in the history of network television. The series ran for nine seasons, premiering in September 1993. Over the course of its run, the show scored 16 Emmys, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award, all for a little sci-fi show about FBI agents investigating paranormal activity.
The announcement was made today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group and Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of The X-Files. Production on the event series is scheduled to begin this summer, although further details have yet to be announced.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
“We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of THE X-FILES – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn’t be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again,” added Newman and Walden. “THE X-FILES was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as THE X-FILES, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”
The series has no premiere date just yet, although it wouldn’t surprise me if FOX aimed for the same late spring/early summer airing schedule as 24: Live Another Day, the network’s other big experiment in resurrecting a well-loved property for an event series run. Sure, 24: LAD wasn’t the massive smash FOX was probably expecting, but it also had twice as many episodes as this X-Files reboot is going to have. I think this is a case where fewer episodes will be better for the show. Still, whether it’s six episodes, 12, or 20, I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re getting new episodes of The X-Files. It’s the kind of show that the current network TV landscape badly needs — a mainstream genre show that isn’t afraid to be just that.