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THE X-FILES Returning for Six Episodes on Fox

THE X-FILES Returning for Six Episodes on Fox

Well well well well welly welly well. It seems like the collective unconscious has paid off again; after getting a bit of a resurgence recently thanks to things like Kumail Nanjiani‘s The X-Files Files podcast and Gillian Anderson appearing on the Nerdist Podcast and creating the #XFiles2015 hashtag with Chris Hardwick, there was a real upsurge of interest again for Fox’s seminal ’90s sci-fi/horror/conspiracy program The X-Files. New fans have discovered the series on DVD and Netflix and the community around the show has just kept on after all these years.

All three key members of a possible return–creator Chris Carter and stars Anderson and David Duchovny–had spoken about it separately and keeping the fires of hope alive in the far-reaches of the galaxy, and today that hope has paid off.

Fox announced today that all three of the aforementioned important peoples are coming back for a limited, six-episode stint which will see Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate the paranormal once again. The series, as you probably know already, ran for nine seasons and had two feature films, one in between Seasons 5 and 6 and the other in 2008, well after the series ended. What we don’t know yet is what those six episodes will be about, because they haven’t even started filming them yet! Production is due to start this summer and no airdate has been set.

In a statement Carter said he thinks of it as “a 13-year commercial break” and “the good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.” Which is pretty darn true if you ask me.

Six episodes might seem paltry for the most rabid of fans out there, but it’s also going to tantalizingly leave us wanting more. I can only hope we get a good mixture of alien conspiracy and monster-of-the-week, which were the staple of the series and the episodes most people remember the fondest. Will former series writers like Darin Morgan and Vince Gilligan come back for an episode? Or for that matter, will Mitch Pileggi come back as Walter Skinner? These are the real mysteries, folks! We can only sit and play with our xenon flashlights, put on our designer FBI suits and wander around in the dark waiting until more news is released.

Are you excited for The X-Files to be back? You should be! Let’s share our giddiness in the comments below.

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  1. Andy Julia Jr says:

    Great can’t  wait I love that show  the X Filies Ty’s

  2. Rebecca Hubbard says:

    OMG Nerdist, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!! This is my favorite show of all time and I can’t wait. I am in heaven.

  3. Dan Reams says:

    Excited? I’m so pumped up I feel like traveling through people’s plumbing, and popping out through their toilets, to announce my glee.

  4. Don H. says:

    I would like to see new episodes. This is a good idea.

  5. Don H. says:

    This is a very good idea. I own all nine seasons and would like to see new episodes.

  6. Richard Binder says:

    Best show I have ever seen. Great writing acting and the combination of Scully and Mulder is a sure hit.

  7. Pierce says:

    Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod….OH MY GOD. 

  8. SteKir says:

    I missed out on it when it first came around, but have begun watching it on Amazon and I LOVE IT. So sorry I missed it the first time, but glad I have the opportunity to see it now.

  9. Jessica says:

    Omg omg omg!! Been asking the question for years if this would happen. So excited!!! #XFiles2015

  10. Liz says:

    Bring back the #lonegunmen #xfiles2015

  11. Sharen says:

    Whoo hoo can’t wait!!!

  12. Yaaaaaaay i am so truly excited i just had a nerdgasm 

  13. yaaaaaaay i am so excited. I just had a nerdgasm

  14. Munchkin says:

    I really hope they include Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick & Annabeth Gish. I know most fans dis the last couple of seasons but I actually thought they were great. Perhaps less Duchovny but the writing was as good or better than earlier seasons.

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  16. Laura says:

    Can’t wait! 

  17. Wendy S says:


  18. Dia says:

    iloveyou The X-Files  scully and mulder .Congratulations i can’t wait  yeah 

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  20. Jennifer Stringer says:

    Holy cow! I am so excited! Love X Files!

  21. Gaby says:

    Awesome. But stop taking credit for something who had no part in. Talks were already in the work, and if anything, is all due to the hard work of fans in the last 7 years. You attitude kind of disgusts me, sorry but it does.

  22. chriscrowder says:

    Please please. 

  23. Joe Cassara says:

    “I can only hope we get a good mixture of alien conspiracy and monster-of-the-week…”.
    No. Alien conspiracy only, please. Keep that MOTW baloney for a longer season, if at all. 

  24. Sharon Gossett says:

    Dam, I can’t wait. My favorite show of all time.

  25. Susan Hovey says:

    I would love to see Frank Black be included in this X-Files reboot.  Maybe Jordan has graduated and she and her dad can help Scully and Mulder.  It would be so Wonderful!!

  26. danaesutton1 says:

    Oh this is great news. ♡

  27. Fury_LMD says:

    Unlike pretty much every other remake/reboot/sequel I can think of, this one has almost no chance of being superfluous or embarrassing to the original.  On the one hand, the original actors and creator are on board.  And on the other, I think the last two seasons of the original series (when Duchovny was gone and Anderson was just sort of hanging around) were such a disappointment that the bar for a reunion now is incredibly low.  Don’t want to jinx it, but it would be really hard to screw this up.

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  29. Leah says:

    Idk but something Firefly related is happeneing. There is money being raised ( and minimum funding needed has been met and Alan is on it so maybe prequels? 

  30. Carl Parrish says:

    Please don’t make Con Man seem like a Firefly prequel. Technically it doesn’t have *anything* to do with Firefly. It does have at least three of the actors from Firefly in it (there have been hints that more will show up). And it’s obvious that they are making it for fans of the show but it’s not done by Joss or any of the holders of licenses for Firefly / Serenity. (Though don’t let that stop you from contributing to funding it) 

  31. Gary says:

    To hell with firefly, I want babylon5!!! 

  32. Loyal Nerdist says: