Yes, yes, and yes! The ultimate show about aliens, hot red headed Gillian Anderson, and awkward David Duchovny has come back.
Take a deep breathe everyone and get out those paper bags.
The Truth Is Out There
Fox officially announced yesterday that it will be bringing back The X-Files to television. The announcement was made by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, as well as Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of The X-Files.
Agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) will be returning to TV with their sexy, sexy trench coats and pant suits (maybe, if we’re lucky) as the FBI agents in the search of the truth. Series creator, Chris Carter, will even be returning as the show runner.
The History Behind The Cult
The X-Files aired in 1993 at 9:00pm EST on Friday nights (a so-called death slot because everyone was supposed to be out doing better things than staying home and watching TV) but, in spite of the beginning ratings being low, the third season showed a huge boom in viewership. It even became Fox’s most watched show.
The X-Files was everywhere and my past child self was demanding “Scully haircuts” from any place my mom took me for a trim. Everyone fell in love with Mulder’s fanaticism and dedication along with Scully’s enduring scepticism and pragmatism. Their not quite romance gave everyone blue balls and the show ended up influencing everything and all things. The X-Files wowed everyone. Breaking Bad creator, Vince Gilligan, was a writer and producer on The X-Files and he stated that he cast Bryan Cranston as Walter Whiter because of his acting on The X-Files.
But all beautiful stories must come to an end and The X-Files ended in 2002 because it was seeing lower ratings (it didn’t help that Duchovny disappeared off the permanent cast in seasons eight and nine due to… “reasons”).
The 13th Year Breaks The Curse
“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. 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 as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.” – Newman and Walden.
Mulder would love the fact that The X-Files is coming back after what Chris Carter calls a “13 year commercial break.” The series will return for only six episodes and it is being called a “limited series,” which will begin filming this summer. There is no timeline forecast as to when the show is going to be aired. There is also no information on whether this six episode series is going to focus on the X-Files’ core mythos or something more of the “monster of the week” flavour.
“The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” – Chris Carter
Also, nothing is known as to the state of Mulder and Scully. When the original series ended, their relationship was rather…complicated. Will we finally see the romance so many of us hoped to see?
“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 as The X-Files, and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they’ve been waiting for.” – Fox executives Gary Newman and Dana Walden in a statement.