Gillian Anderson responded to Gold Derby’s tweet about starting a petition to include female directors on “The X-Files” Season 11 by naming four impressive women: Michelle MacLaren, Carol Banker, Philippa Lowthorpe and Lesli Linka Glatter. Of note, Anderson and MacLaren are the only two women to direct episodes of “The X-Files” out of all 208 hours, plus two feature films. Anderson directed “All Things” in Season 7 while MacLaren directed “John Doe” in Season 9 before going on to win two Emmys for producing “Breaking Bad” (2013 and 2014).
Banker is a former script supervisor on “The X-Files” who moved on to direct episodes of spinoff series “The Lone Gunmen” as well as “NYPD Blue,” “Glee” and others. Lowthorpe is a BAFTA winner for “Call the Midwife” who will direct two episodes of the upcoming second season of “The Crown.” And Glatter is a TV vet who’s been nominated for an Oscar (“Tales of Meeting and Parting”) and six Emmys (“Mad Men” and “Homeland”), and has won two DGA Awards.
“Just stating truth,” Anderson later tweeted about why she’s calling out the lack of female directors on her Emmy-winning sci-fi drama. “I believe we can do better.” Click through our photo gallery to see which specific “The X-Files” episodes found the truth with Emmy voters, including Anderson’s triumph for “Memento Mori.”
“The X-Files” isn’t the only TV show to come under attack for not hiring women to sit in the director’s chair. When “American Horror Story” was called out for its lack of female representation, showrunner Ryan Murphy and FX responded by hiring six women to direct “AHS: Roanoke”: Jennifer Lynch, Marita Grabiak, Angela Bassett, Elodie Keene, Gwyneth Horder-Payton and Alexis O. Korycinski.
Throughout much of Fox’s original run of “The X-Files” (1993-2002), the show had two main in-house male directors: Kim Manners and Rob Bowman. Manners, who passed away in 2009, directed the series finale “The Truth,” while Bowman last directed the Season 7 episode “En Ami.”
Chris Carter is set to return as showrunner for “The X-Files” revival in 2018, where he’ll reunite with producers/writers/directors James Wong, Glen Morgan and Darin Morgan. Also new to the writing staff for Season 11 will be Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen and Brad Follmer.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) June 29, 2017
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