First Twin Peaks, now this? Gotta’ be aliens.
After months and months of rumors and speculation, FOX finally confirmed that the X-Files will return as a six-episode limited series. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny (fresh off writing a novel about a cow) are all set to reprise their roles as FBI Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. X-Files creator and executive-producer Chris Carter will also be back to helm the project.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, had this to say in a 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. 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.”
Mr. Carter added: “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
On a personal note, I have vivid memories of watching the Fiji Mermaid episode of the X-Files when I was too young to watch the Fiji Mermaid episode of the X-Files, and it scarred me forever away from both swimming pools and mermaids. What I’m saying is, the X-Files concept still holds up to this day. And it kind of sucks that there will only be six episodes, but hey…X-Files! In this day and age!