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'The X-Files' Reboot With 6 Episodes: Release Date, Return Cast, Preview, and Spoilers

( [email protected] ) Mar 25, 2015 03:43 PM EDT
Those that have missed agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be glad to know that The X-Files series will return to Fox.  The original agents will be coming back for just six episodes, and here is what we know about the cast, preview, and spoilers of the return of X-Files.
The X-Files will be back for 6 episodes with Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) as cast. Courtesy Everett Collection

Those that have missed agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be glad to know that The X-Files series will return to Fox.  The original agents will be coming back for just six episodes, and here is what we know about the cast, preview, and spoilers of the return of X-Files

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the science-fiction drama will return for a limited run on Fox, the show's original network.  The production of the six episodes will begin sometime in the summer, with a premiere to be announced soon.  With that filming schedule, perhaps Fox will have The X-Files return in the winter or later in 2016. 

Chris Carter, The X-Files series creator and executive producer as stated that the return is a "13-year commercial break" and that "the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories".  Not only does it appear that creator Chris Carter is back, but Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman were with Fox when the X-Files show launched in 1993, and are pleased to have it return. 

So what will Scully and Mulder do for these six episodes?  That is really the big mystery greater than the one of the original TV show's run.  The fact that Carter refers to The X-Files return as "these six stories" shows that perhaps he doesn't intend to bring about another show with a huge over-arcing story that made the first iteration of The X-Files so popular.  Let's just hope that what he brings back to television is not just episodes that were not used back in the original run, but something that would really strike a chord in a post-9/11 world. 

It is not known if there is a long-term plan for the return of The X-Files.  For example, if the six episodes become a new hit, will Fox order up a full season of it?  Considering that there are many shows that have this dark sci-fi feel to them (many of them probably influenced by The X-Files), a return seems a little too late. 

The X-Files was a show that developed a cult following after its first season, and quickly became one of the most talked about shows on Internet chatrooms.  This was back in the early nineties, when the Internet and the World Wide Web was just catching on. 

The show featured paranormal investigators Fox Mulder and Dana Scully attempt some case with some science-fiction twist in it.  Eventually, the show had a story arc concerning a lot of government cover-ups and all kinds of supernatural "stand-alone" episodes as well.  At the show's high point, between its fourth and fifth season, it was viewed by over 20 million each week.  This eventually led to a theatrical release of a film in 1998 with a subtitle of Fight the Future

The show left a legacy on television and really bought conspiracy theories to light with its tagline of "The Truth is Out There".  Unfortunately, most shows generally cannot maintain a high degree of quality, and viewers lost interest, especially when David Duchovny left the show to be replaced by Robert Patrick.  The show was cancelled after 9 seasons, 5 Golden Globes, and 16 Emmy Awards, but X-Files made another theatrical comeback in 2008 with X-Files: I Want to Believe.  The film, directed by show creator Chris Carter was not well-received, but it did show Scully and Mulder linked romantically, which was something that fans of the show were rooting for back in its prime.  Hopefully, this new iteration of The X-Files will bring the magic of the original show back.