Fox’s ‘The X-Files’ Revival Nears Lock For Short Order
When the Fox network teased that it was interested in a revival for its ’90s sci-fi heavyweight drama The X-Files, it opened up the web to talk from former cast members and writers. But it appears we’re very close to confirmation from the network itself.
British web site TV Wise has a report up claiming that two major obstacles to bringing back Agents Mulder and Scully have been overcome. For one,the network is now on the same creative page with series creator Chris Carter on a story plan that can address lingering questions not answered in the show’s run or its two movies. Second, scheduling issues appear to have been worked out with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
If this proves true, the network is reportedly open to bringing back the show for a short run of around ten episodes that would also bring back Mitch Pileggi as Director Skinner and a number of key writers from the original creative team.
The X-Files Revival: David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson to Reprise Roles on Fox
“The X-Files” gang is getting back together for a six-episode limited series that has formally been given a series order by Fox.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be back as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Series creator Chris Carter will be at the helm for 20th Century Fox TV and Ten Thirteen Productions. Production is set to begin this summer although Fox has not yet set an air date
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
The “X-Files” revival follows last spring’s return of “24,” as a 13-episode limited series. NBC has joined the mania for resurrecting series with built-in audience awareness with its plans for the “Heroes Reborn” miniseries next season.
“X-Files” is a natural, as the show about FBI sleuths investigating instances of paranormal activity is tailor-made for social media obsession — even if it hails from an earlier TV era. “X-Files” had a nine-season run on Fox from 1993-2002. It spawned two feature films, 1998’s “The X-Files: Fight the Future” and 2008’s “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”
Fox Television Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden shepherded the show on the studio side during its network run. The pair have made no secret of their interest in bringing it back. The new episodes may well spark renewed interest in the show from SVOD platforms, just as the “24: Die Another Day” episodes spurred Fox to cut a rich pact for the entire series library with Amazon Prime.
Earlier this year, Newman and Walden confirmed early plans for “The X-Files” revival at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Now confirmed, the duo commented: “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.”
They added, “‘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 X-Files’ Revival: Mitch Pileggi to Reprise Role on Fox
Mitch Pileggi will reprise his role as Walter Skinner in Fox’s upcoming six-episode “X-Files” revival.
Pileggi announced he would rejoin the cast on Twitter on Monday, saying, “Walter Skinner will once again be getting all grumpy and bitchy with his two wayward kids.”
Rumors of Pileggi’s return ran wild sans confirmation since March, when David Duchovny let slip to David Letterman that Pileggi and “the Cigarette-Smoking Man” would rejoin the show. Shortly after, Duchovny backpedaled in an interview with Variety.
“I’m not even sure they’re signed up yet. I guess I spoke out of turn,” he said. “But I assume they will. I assume we’ll have as many people as we can.”
Pileggi will join Duchovny and co-lead Gillian Anderson, who previously confirmed their participation in the revival.
‘The X Files’ Event Series Gets Post NFC Championship Game Launch, Monday Slot
Fox is going big with its upcoming X-Files event series, giving it its strongest launching pad, the NFC Championship Game. The six-episode series will debut behind the big game on Sunday, January 24, continuing with its time-period premiere the following night in its regular Monday 8 PM time slot, taking over for Gotham. (The Batman drama is expected to return in the spring.)
The new X-Files chapter hails from series creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
The X-Files has a history airing behind big football games on Fox. In January 1997, an episode of the hit sci-fi drama written by some of its best known alums — Vince Gilligan, John Shiban, and Frank Spotnitz — ran after the Super Bowl.