The deal is done. Thirteen years after the epic sci-fi television series ended its nine season run, The X-Files is set to return to FOX with the core creative team of Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson intact!
After about a month of speculation and a year of back room negotiations, production begins this summer on a six episode “event series” run of a brand new storyline set in the X-Files universe. Things are still in the early stage so there isn’t much news to report in regards to casting, but hopefully we will see favorites like Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man return (He’s never dead).
The X-Files shaped my formative years and remains one of the most effective examples of horror on television today. Winning 16 Emmys and inspiring legions of film makers and fans across the globe, X-Files is as important today as it has ever been. One of the television series that helped launch the FOX TV channel into the juggernaut it is today, the series begin as a ratings underdog in its first season and grew to become a global phenomenon by its third. While many believe the series peaked early around season three or four, personally I love the entire series. That includes the derided final season in which the show attempted to reinvent itself with characters Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish) and John Doggett (Robert Patrick). I adored the newer characters just as much as Mulder and Scully and was disappointed when others didn’t share that enthusiasm. While their storylines were rushed (in a clumsy attempt to hook fans) they were interesting. Although it’s unlikely I wouldn’t mind seeing Gish and Patrick return as well.
Of course, returns to television are becoming commonplace now with 24 on FOX, Twin Peaks on Showtime, Heroes on NBC, and Arrested Development on Netflix all making encore debuts recently. The challenge is always scheduling and its not different now. Gillian Anderson has no less than two successful television series she’s working on (Hannibal and The Fall) and Duchovny is about to embark on a high concept Charles Manson-centric series this summer (Aquarius) hence the need for a smaller six episode run. Hopefully this return also means that we will eventually get the Hollywood sequel we should have gotten several years ago (that’s also being worked on). Regardless, let’s us X-Philes rejoice in what we have now, the RETURN of the X-Files!