‘The X-Files’ returns with most of the original cast intact


It’s official: The X-Files will return.

The celebrated prime-time television drama is coming back thirteen years after it last aired. Series creator Chris Carter and lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are also set to reprise their roles for a six-part miniseries to air on Fox.

If that isn’t exciting enough, TV Wise reports that the show’s producers are also trying to bring back actors Annabeth Gish, Robert Patrick, and Mitch Pileggi.


The X-Files emerged as a cult favorite in the 1990s.  The show, which debuted in 1993, followed the paranormal investigations of two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The conflict and chemistry between the imaginative Mulder and skeptical Scully added a rich to an over-arching, byzantine storyline of conspiracies, cover-ups, and the bizarre.

Over the course of nine seasons and 202 episodes, The X-Files received honors from Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Television Critics Association, and the Hollywood Foreign Press.

The show’s popularity led to two feature films, a comic book series, and two spin-offs–Millennium (which sort of tied into The X-Files) and The Lone Gunmen.

The X-Files just one among many comebacks

The X-Files is just one of many TV programs to see a revival in recent years. The Fox comedy Arrested Development made a very big comeback on Netflix in 2013, sparking fan campaigns to resurrect other shows. Since then, the crime drama The Killing and sitcom Community have resurfaced as web series.

twin peaksThe X-Files news comes just after Showtime announced another dark cult drama, David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, would have its comeback on premium cable.

This isn’t the first show to make a comeback on Fox, however. The network brought back the suspense drama 24 in 2014 after a four-year hiatus.

Filming is set to begin this summer, but there are no details as of yet concerning the plot or time of release. The last time The X-Files hit the screen was the 2008 feature I Want to Believe, which acted as a standalone narrative that had Mulder and Scully trying to solve mysterious abductions tied to the organ trade. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very good.

Given how well past TV comebacks have been–say what you will, but Arrested Development and 24 kept in line with their original formulas–expect The X-Files to bring back warmly chilly memories.

Ah, the ’90s.

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