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'The X Files' to return as six-episode 'event' on Fox

David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian

David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully in "The X Files." Credit: Fox

"The X Files" is about to be x-humed. Fox just ordered the reboot.

And yes, this was x-pected. (Sorry -- no more "x's," or at least until I can think of one...) Both Fox Entertainment chiefs Dana Walden and Gary Newman confirmed the reboot during the winter press tour in Pasadena. What's new right now: The official details, and here they are: 

"Thirteen years after the original series run, FOX has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of The X-Files, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by 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. 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."

If you are perhaps too young to remember -- hard to imagine as "X Files" is a big binge draw for Netflix -- this Chris Carter-created series was a nerdist TV dreamscape fantasy that anticipated other such shows ("Lost" and "Fringe") and itself was inspired by other glories, like "The Twilight Zone."

A pair of movies followed. They were, umm, less loved, and in fact rather un-loved, if memory serves. 

Over 200 episodes of "Files," from '93 to '02, traced the intricate professional FBI lives of Scully and Mulder in their pursuit of truth -- which as you know was "out there."  The series was structured as a "myth-arc," meaning there was a long, long arc of myth and mystery dangled before passionate viewers (spoiler alert -- the aliens from outerpsace were involved). But each "myth" episode was also alternated with a non-myth episode, which meant casual viewers could dive in when they liked.  

And yes: "X Files" was a wonderful series in many ways -- sci-fi, humor, story-telling, and of course the Duchovny/Anderson team, which was among the greatest in TV history. 

So yup, this appears to be good news for TV fans. 

Production begins over the summer. 

Here's more from the release: “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,” remarked Newman and Walden. “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.”

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