Updated: Fox green lights the series! Get The X-Files new event series details here!
By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
In 1993 a television series called The X-Files premiered, and it had a profound effect not only on the television landscape, but on me personally. I loved the show for the first five seasons, but then started to lose interest afterwards.
Once the show moved its production from Vancouver to Los Angeles, I started to lose interest as the story arc mythology started to unravel. To this day, I’ve only seen a smattering of episodes of the latter half of the series run, the first film, and the series finale. The finale episode was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as it became apparent we wouldn’t be getting any answers.
Eventually, I let it go and I was ok with that.
Recently, however, Fox execs Dana Walden and Gary Newman at their TCA panel back in January revealed that they were speaking with X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, as well as series creator Chris Carter to bring the show back to television. Now a new report from TV Wise says The X-Files is very close to being green lit for a short episode order of not one, but two seasons of the groundbreaking show.
According to their sources, due to Anderson and Duchovny’s busy production schedules, they cannot commit to a full season of The X-Files. The deal that’s being worked out would be for each season to consist of ten episodes (similar to what 24 did in the summer of 2014, though that was a one-shot so far), and the number of seasons is due to the amount of episodes Carter would need to produce in order to properly wrap up the lingering plot lines.
How soon can we expect the series to get underway is sooner than I anticipated. The hope is to start shooting sometime this summer in between Anderson’s commitments with Hannibal and The Fall, as well as Duchovny’s new NBC summer series Aquarius, although this shooting window isn’t a certainty just yet.
The deal is also hoping to secure former key players from the original run, like executive producer Frank Spotnitz and co-star Mitch Pileggi, if they’re available. Spotnitz is still attached to produce the third season of Crossing Lines, so it’s uncertain if it’ll be possible for him to be part of the reunion.
There’s still a lot of questions I have regarding the series, like will this new shortened double season be completely arc-based, or will it be a mix between standalone and mythology stories? Are they really going to give us a final ending that wraps up the remaining plot threads from 13 years ago, or is this going to be yet another tease? Will Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick reprise their roles as special agents Reyes and Doggett from the latter seasons? What about the IDW comic series (aka, season 10), which Carter is heavily involved in — will it affect this ongoing comic book?
For a show that I stopped watching and lost interest in, I find myself eagerly anticipating a revival. Who would have thought? No release date is set for the return of The X-Files, but should this deal go through, expect it sometime in the 2016 or 2017 seasons.