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  • nahborghi
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    The truth is out there right here: The X-Files is indeed returning to Fox, with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their respective roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

    Fox has officially ordered a six-episode continuation of its phenomenally successful supernatural drama, to shoot this summer and (presumably) air at some point next season. (An official airdate remains TBD.)

    “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said X-Files creator Chris Carter, who will oversee the new episodes. “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,” said Fox chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden in a statement. “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, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.”

    (source: http://tvline.com/2015/03/24/x-files-revival-reboot-six-new-episodes-fox/)

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    espnfan
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    This makes my day to hear this.

    And I am really glad they are doing this as a limited series and nt a full on series again.  I cannot wait.  

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    Does it actually states anywhere that, without a doubt, there won’t be anymore after these 6?
    I get the idea that they’re testing the water to see if there’s an audience for some more. 

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    This has me pretty excited, though I’m also a bit worried that Chris Carter’s time as a proper storyteller has passed. Still, it (hopefully) can do more justice to the series than the last movie did.

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    Does it actually states anywhere that, without a doubt, there won’t be anymore after these 6?
    I get the idea that they’re testing the water to see if there’s an audience for some more. 

    I have a feeling we’ll get 6 episodes in the fall, and if it’s a hit Fox will order another 6 for the spring. 

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    Carlos
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    wow, this is awesome news!!! i love the x-files, the first show i started watching religiously growing up. Trust no one.

    With the new emmy rules this will most likely compete in the mini series. Should be easier for David Duchovny to get that emmy that he never was able to won! and the show too.

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    [quote=”Alienware”]Does it actually states anywhere that, without a doubt, there won’t be anymore after these 6?
    I get the idea that they’re testing the water to see if there’s an audience for some more. 

    I have a feeling we’ll get 6 episodes in the fall, and if it’s a hit Fox will order another 6 for the spring. [/quote]

    I read somewhere that the episodes will be about mysterious cases, and will try to stay away from the overly complicated mythology arc. If it’s true, you might be right about this. I was thinking this is going to be a test to launch the third movie, since CC has said many times that the script is done and that Fox only needs to greenlight it. Maybe they want some traction to attract people to the movies again, since the second one was a big flop. I don’t know if Anderson and Duchovny would be up to return for more than 6 episodes, though; she has The Fall and Hannibal, and he has some NBC project from what I heard..

    Whatever this is, I’m super excited. I don’t think I’ve gotten into a show so religiously like I did with The X-Files, it’s one of my favorites to this day. Dana Scully for the win!

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    Soccer Mom
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    It’s ridiculous how excited about it I am! The more Gillian Anderson on my TV the better. The Fall, The X Files, Hanniball… Bring it on, I’m ready!

    I am afraid that Chris Carter will ruin this like he did with the second movie, but I read an interview with him, where he said that other people, writers, involved with the show would be supervising the scripts (here’s hoping Vince Gilligan is involved), so maybe it will work.

    I wonder how they are going to go about the story. I mean, they can’t just ignore 9 years of the show, the truth they revealed in the series finale, and just go for the “monster of the week” episodes. I think the fandom won’t be pleased. If it’s about closure we need to know 2 things:

    Did the final invasion happened?
    Will Mulder and Scully find William?

    Also I really wish we could see Monica Reyes and John Dogget. I know it’s not a popular opinion, but I liked them.

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    ‘The X-Files’ Creator Chris Carter on Scully and Mulder’s Return
    Here’s what he’s got planned for the sci-fi phenomenon’s return to television.

    First Twin Peaks was supposedly resurrected, and now the other greatest ‘90s supernatural thriller is making a comeback.

    On Tuesday, Fox announced a limited 6-episode “event” of their beloved X-Files.
    Helmed by original series creator Chris Carter, the new miniseries will
    be bolstered by David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their
    roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the dynamic duo that chase down
    paranormal cases left in the FBI files, often to the chagrin of shadowy
    government forces.

    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. We’re ecstatic to give them the next
    thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for,” Fox
    executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in a statement.

    The series featured many indelible characters (Smoking Man, anyone?) and is the place where Vince Gilligan, who later created Breaking Bad, got his start as a TV writer—as well as the place where he met Bryan Cranston, who would later play Bad’s baddie Walter White, in the Season 6 episode “Drive.”

    The X-Files
    spanned 202 episodes after 9 seasons—as well as two feature films—and
    left the air back in 2002. While the airdate for the 6-episode “event”
    has yet to be determined, shooting begins this June. We caught up with
    the show’s creator, Chris Carter, to get the background. The truth is,
    as they say, out there.

    You must be having an exciting day.

    Yeah, it just got exciting as you can imagine.

    So what can we expect in the six episodes?

    It’ll be honest to the characters, and what happened to them since the series ended and the second movie.

    Will you personally be overseeing the scripts?

    There
    are no scripts yet! But yes, I will be overseeing them, but with
    several people who have been working on the show over the years.

    There’s a lot of X-Files mythology, will casual viewers be able to jump right in?

    Yes.
    I like to think that anyone can enter this without much of a run up.
    That said, you don’t want to have to hit the hardcore fans over the head
    getting them up to speed.

    You must have the basic arc worked out in your head already.

    I
    do, actually. I know what I want to do, how I want it to lay out—the
    balance of mythology to standalone episodes. Even though none of us have
    had contracts, I’ve only had one since yesterday, the people that are
    going to be involved have been talking since the beginning of the year,
    so we have a clear idea of how this should be, or the best way we think
    this should be laid out.

    Does everyone involved, such as the actors, have a say in the stories?

    The X-Files has
    always been a group achievement. You benefit by being open to people’s
    good ideas. The show wouldn’t be the show it is without the contribution
    of so many good people who work on it.

    There have been a lot of ‘90s reboots lately. Why do you think that is?

    The
    cynical part of me says this is programming by feather duster. This is
    the stuff that’s worked before, and because its worked before there’s a
    possibility it can work again. The other part of me says that if
    something is good, that doesn’t necessarily mean its over. It’s not just
    sitting on the shelf gathering dust, its actually accruing value.

    What was the process with making it happen? Was it hard to get the actors?

    No,
    David and Gillian wanted to do it. It was kind of the perfect timing
    for everyone involved. We all had a space in which to do it, we all had a
    desire to tell these stories, and, as I said in the press release, I
    think the world’s gotten that much stranger in the last 13 years. For
    me, it’s an opportunity as a storyteller to take advantage of that.
    Everyone wanted to do it, and the negotiations actually began in
    November, and were finalized yesterday. I’d say that it was simply a
    matter of everyone agreeing to the ground rules.

    And what are the ground rules?

    [Laughs] You’ll have to ask the lawyers about that.

    People
    have been pretty obsessive about the show. Do you ever read any of the
    fan fiction? The characters have definitely lived on in that realm.

    Thank
    goodness for that! You know, I have to say, I work so hard to do what
    we do. While I’m flattered by that stuff and amused by it, I really try
    to stay away from anything that might influence what it is that I’m
    doing.

    Over the past 13 years, have Mulder and Scully lived on inside your own head?

    Every day. Every day I turn on the radio in the morning, I hear an X-Files story, or I pick up the paper and I see an X-Files story. So yes, the Mulder and Scully in my head are always switched on.

    So this will take up a lot of your time, does that mean that Area 51 wont be going forward?

    [Laughs] I don’t know, I can’t answer that question. But that said, I know this is my primary focus right now.

    If these episodes do well, will we see another X-Files movie?

    I
    think… First things first, we just want to do six great episodes. We’re
    all primed to do that, there are great stories to tell, and now it’s
    just distilling it down to telling the best stories possible in the time
    we have.

     

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/03/24/the-x-files-creator-chris-carter-on-the-show-s-summer-return.html

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    Icky
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    I like that it’s only six epsodes as opposed to 12+. Of course, I’m hoping that it’s good and is a minor success, but I hope that it’s not big enough to return to a regular series. 

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    [quote=”themeparks4life”][quote=”Alienware”]Does it actually states anywhere that, without a doubt, there won’t be anymore after these 6?
    I get the idea that they’re testing the water to see if there’s an audience for some more. 

    I have a feeling we’ll get 6 episodes in the fall, and if it’s a hit Fox will order another 6 for the spring. [/quote]

    I read somewhere that the episodes will be about mysterious cases, and will try to stay away from the overly complicated mythology arc. If it’s true, you might be right about this. I was thinking this is going to be a test to launch the third movie, since CC has said many times that the script is done and that Fox only needs to greenlight it. Maybe they want some traction to attract people to the movies again, since the second one was a big flop. I don’t know if Anderson and Duchovny would be up to return for more than 6 episodes, though; she has The Fall and Hannibal, and he has some NBC project from what I heard..

    Whatever this is, I’m super excited. I don’t think I’ve gotten into a show so religiously like I did with The X-Files, it’s one of my favorites to this day. Dana Scully for the win![/quote]

    I was wondering the same thing.  Honestly I’m surprised this is even happening in the first place.  From what I have heard and read over the years, both stars were reluctant to do this and flat out refused to at several points.  I wonder what made them change their minds.  With that in mind, you are probably correct concerning the bolded part above.  With how reluctant they have been to do this before, I get the feeling neither of them wants to make any long term commintments to the series.  As you stated, Anderson is very busy and Duchovny has projects lined up as well.    

    I get the feeling this may be a one shot deal and all we will get are these six new episodes.  

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    Another Interview with Chris Carter

    XFN Exclusive: Chris Carter on #XFilesRevival

    There’s just so many people that you’d want to talk to at this moment in X-Files
    history; the first of which is the show’s creator, Mr. Chris Carter.
    This conversation takes place on March 25th, 2015 as he drives down the
    California coast and as I sit 3,938 miles away, by my desk with a weak
    cup of coffee. After the deserved congratulations are exchanged, I tell
    him that we need to know just how excited he is to come back to The X-Files.

    “I’m very excited.” Carter starts. “I’ve
    known about (the greenlight) for quite a long time, the negotiations
    took so many months, I can’t believe it! They were just finalized on
    Monday, so this is all brand new.”

    As we first reported during the late
    summer and in interviews Chris Carter engaged in during the fall of
    2014, there were a few mentions of interest in turning the XF3 project
    into a mini-series instead of a movie. Multiple media outlets had
    reported that talks started to heat up in November 2014, with a formal
    declaration of intention by FOX TV at the TCA’s in January 2015. With
    the fandom, the cast, and the crew now joining in the conversation, the
    final and official confirmation that the show will be back has been
    received with the highest of praises.

    Carter seems pleased with the reaction.
    “Certainly, everyone else is really excited which makes me excited. But
    as I said, it’s been a long time in the making.”

     

     
    The Details.

    Carter confirms that the show will
    return over the summer to the place that saw the beginning of it all:
    Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. At XFN, we’ve already received
    reports from former crew of the show that are nothing but ecstatic at
    the thought of shooting more X-Files in the city known for its mood.

    “We already know that Gillian Anderson
    and David Duchovny are set to go, but who else will be back?” I have a
    list of burning questions and it’s lengthy.

    “I have ideas for everyone,” he explains
    at my mention of the possibility of having Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth
    Gish, and Robert Patrick reprise their iconic roles. “Their availability
    is subject to their regular paying jobs. Of course, I’d like to bring
    everyone possible back, but it’s who’s going to fit into the story and
    who’s available.”

    We’ve already heard through the
    grapevine from the man himself that William B. Davis was consulted about
    his availability. Likewise, the possibility of repopulating the X-Files
    realm with fresh blood is a topic that has been thrown around as well.
    Amanda Peet, Xzibit and Billy Connolly were brought over for The X-Files: I Want To Believe, so what’s in store for the revival?

    “Well, I don’t want to reveal all my
    tricks, but I can tell you there will be some obvious choices and there
    will be some surprises.” Carter laughs dubiously at this.

    As for the people behind the camera,
    Carter is able to confirm that he would like to bring back as many
    people he’s worked with in the past as he can. The show will count once
    again on the talents of composer Mark Snow, but the return of
    cinematographer and director Bill Roe would depend on his ability to
    free up time away from his current job at Castle. He’s also not the only former X-Files alum working over at Castle, director Rob Bowman is both executive producing and directing for the ABC show.

    When queried about the writers and
    producers that could join his team, Carter confirms that Glen Morgan
    will be coming back in a productorial position. “We’ve lured Darin
    Morgan and Jim Wong, we’re very excited about that and we’re working on
    the rest.” He adds. Hopefully we can get a confirmation on Frank
    Spotnitz soon enough.

    “Are you excited to be leading this writer’s room again?” I ask.

    “Yes, very excited.” He pauses to explain. “The exciting thing to me is that I love to tell X-Files stories… so the opportunity to tell these stories in a very new political environment, it is exciting.”

    What can we expect on the screen?

    Chris Carter mentions that there will be
    a nice mix of mythology and stand alone episodes, but what is the set
    up after all is said and done? Will this be the final ride or are we
    keeping the door open?

    “It’s a good question,” he snickers. “I
    don’t want to answer it exactly because I wanna keep people guessing.”
    If the man of mystery and I were in the same room, I’m betting that
    statement would have come with a wink.

    The reality is that it’s been seven
    years since the last movie, and we always wonder what would be the
    storyline to tackle? How would time affect these characters, and how
    would time shift the way in which these stories would be told? After
    all, the world has changed, and so has TV and you would expect that time
    has also shown face in Mulder and Scully’s universe.

    But Carter is firm in his response, “I
    don’t think it will actually change anything, of course, with the new
    technology we’ll certainly see Mulder and Scully carrying different cell
    phones.” At this point in our conversation, our call becomes an X-File
    in and of itself when a grey whale surfaces catching Carter’s attention
    as he drives… and while this is quite an epic experience, and I feel
    it brings a good omen for what’s to come, I wonder if there is a Monica
    Reyes joke in there somewhere.

    Still, he assures me that time won’t influence the stories, per se. “We’re going to tell X-Files
    the way that we’ve always told them; we will of course set them in the
    time and place that they exist. We’re telling contemporary stories about
    contemporary situations, true to Mulder and Scully’s characters and
    their relationship and the passage of time.”

    “But where do we land? Are we going to
    have a time jump? Are we going to address the 2012 deadline? And what
    about William?” I ask.

    “I’ve thought about that,” he says
    referring to the colonization date. “I don’t know exactly how I’m going
    to address it, in a big way, a mild way, a modern way, a mention or a
    plot point.” Then he adds, “And of course you can’t avoid to deal with
    the William (arc) in some way or another.”

    “What kind of stories from our current reality, the Normal or Weird news on the shows do you think will make it to the screen?” I ask about the influences he may have from our time.

    “I read all the time, I’m always on the
    internet… I just love the information you sent to me.” Back in 2014,
    when the Venezuelan conflicts and the Chavista government killed over
    forty protesters, we shared a report on the situation from the inside
    since I’ve been living in Venezuela for a good part of the last two
    years. He continues, “I catalogue (the stories), I collect them and I’ll
    use them as they’re fit to be used in the stories we’re telling.”

    Carter also clarifies that while he thinks that IDW’s The X-Files: Season 10 plot lines are very interesting, they won’t be used in the revival of the TV show.

    I also manage to sneak in a few other stray questions before wrapping up our call. For those interested, Chris Carter will address that thing
    he wanted to fix back in the day. He also wonders about the possibility
    of updating the iconic titles for the show. “You know I’ve thought
    about that long and hard; it would be kind of sacrilegious to mess with
    them, that said, I’d like to explore if not a tweak, a little update.”

    Certainly with High Definition quality available, crisp images would be a great treat.

    Imagining what’s coming we can’t avoid reminiscing on what’s already been part of the lore of The X-Files
    team in the production phase, like the pranks to mislead the spoiler
    hunters and paparazzi, and so many other stories that we’ve shared over
    the years. So I ask, “Have you picked out the name for your location and
    basecamp signs?”

    “We haven’t chosen that yet,” he laughs. “But I promise you that it will be something new, and perfect.” We suggest NOT ID4, DOCTOR GOOGLE and BARKING DOGS.

    So what are Chris Carter’s final words
    in this conversation for the fans who have been out there campaigning
    and hoping since 2008 for a new spin on this ride? What’s the message to
    those that never gave up?

    “We’ll do everything we can to make it so that it’s worth the wait.”

    Personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be living this moment of X-Files history.

    http://www.xfilesnews.com/index.php/xfiles-news/latest-news/1566-xfn-exclusive-chris-carter-on-xfilesrevival

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    [quote=”nahborghi”][quote=”themeparks4life”][quote=”Alienware”]Does it actually states anywhere that, without a doubt, there won’t be anymore after these 6?
    I get the idea that they’re testing the water to see if there’s an audience for some more. 

    I have a feeling we’ll get 6 episodes in the fall, and if it’s a hit Fox will order another 6 for the spring. [/quote]

    I read somewhere that the episodes will be about mysterious cases, and will try to stay away from the overly complicated mythology arc. If it’s true, you might be right about this. I was thinking this is going to be a test to launch the third movie, since CC has said many times that the script is done and that Fox only needs to greenlight it. Maybe they want some traction to attract people to the movies again, since the second one was a big flop. I don’t know if Anderson and Duchovny would be up to return for more than 6 episodes, though; she has The Fall and Hannibal, and he has some NBC project from what I heard..

    Whatever this is, I’m super excited. I don’t think I’ve gotten into a show so religiously like I did with The X-Files, it’s one of my favorites to this day. Dana Scully for the win![/quote]

    I was wondering the same thing.  Honestly I’m surprised this is even happening in the first place.  From what I have heard and read over the years, both stars were reluctant to do this and flat out refused to at several points.  I wonder what made them change their minds.  With that in mind, you are probably correct concerning the bolded part above.  With how reluctant they have been to do this before, I get the feeling neither of them wants to make any long term commintments to the series.  As you stated, Anderson is very busy and Duchovny has projects lined up as well.    

    I get the feeling this may be a one shot deal and all we will get are these six new episodes.  [/quote]

    Idk where you saw those things, cause I’ve seen them talk about wanting to return for XF3 for a long time now. Gillian was actually pushing fans to go talk to Fox about greenlighting the project a while back on reddit interviews and everything. I think they are thrilled to come back for a limited time, but I can’t see this becoming a long-term commitment. 

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    The date has been set! The X Files will return on January 24th, after the NFC final and will air on Mondays from then on.

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    ‘The X-Files’ Fox Revival Enlists Joel McHale As Guest Star

    by Nellie Andreeva   June 3, 2015  12:15pm

     

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    Joel McHale is joining the hunt for the truth out there. The Community leading man is the first actor signed for a guest starring stint on Fox’s new six-episode installment of The X-Files, which reunites original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. McHale will play Tad O’Malley, the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder (Duchovny).

    In addition to Duchovny and Anderson, back in their signature roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, McHale also is joining original cast member Mitch Pileggi, reprising his role as Walter Skinner. The new X-Files chapter, shepherded by series’ creator Chris Carter, will launch behind Fox’s coverage of the NFC championship game in January. 20th Century Fox TV and Ten Thirteen Productions are producing.

    While McHale is probably best known for his comedic turns on Community, which just wrapped its sixth season on Yahoo, as host of E!’s The Soup and as a touring standup, he has done dramatic episodic work early in his career and had an arc on FX’s Sons Of Anarchy. I hear he was interested in another drama stint, and Carter was a fan of his, leading to the guest casting.

    McHale, repped by WME, next is host of the 2015 ESPYS in July.

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