Gillian Anderson criticizes ‘The X-Files’ for lack of women writers, directors

Of the 208 episodes of “The X-Files,” only six were penned by women. And that isnt’ going to change with the upcoming season, the second since it was revived last year. None of the writing staff are women and that has caught the attention of the show’s Emmy-winning star, Gillian Anderson, who was one of those half dozen female scribes.

Indeed, as Anderson tweeted out on Thursday (June 29), only she and one other woman were ever given the chance to direct an episode. While Anderson helmed the 17th episode of season 7, “All Things,” Michelle MacLaren made her TV directorial debut two seasons later with “John Doe,” which was episode 7 of season 9.

Since then, MacLaren has directed a slew of TV shows, racking up 22 more credits. She won two Emmys as a producer of “Breaking Bad” and was nominated twice for directing episodes of that crime drama. She helmed 11 episodes of “Breaking Bad” in all and has since overseen four episodes of “Game of Thrones” and three of “The Walking Dead” among other TV hits.

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