Need a refresher before the X-Files mini-series lands in our laps? Want to get the inside story on the show’s return? Take the jump for this 21 minute behind the scenes look at what it took to bring the series back to television for a six-episode event.
Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES is a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI ASST. DIR. WALTER SKINNER, Mulder and Scully’s boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The upcoming event series will encompass a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.
As excited as I am that the series is returning, even for a short run, I kind of wonder if it is too little, too late? The show officially ended in 2002, but following Y2K, it seems (at least to me) that audience interest in paranormal fell off the edge. Will young ones show any interest? Will Anderson and Duchovny fans flock to the big screen televisions and marvel at at the fact that the last time they watched the show, televisions were still, for the most part CRTs?
Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on watching the show, but unless Chris Carter and company can bring something new and fresh to the mythos, there is going to be a lot of “well that was awkward” moments as we wait for the final episode to air.