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We’ve known The X-Files is going to be heading back to television for a while, thanks for the first official image from the set, it finally feels real. This morning The X-Files released the first shot of Scully and Mulder together for the first time, and suddenly, all is well with the world again.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have been on set for at least a few days now, releasing images of scripts and the chairs they get to sit on in between takes. We’ve even seen Anderson sporting the red hair she favored while playing Dana Scully during the original run of The X-Files. But there’s something about seeing Scully and Mulder back together again that gets us jazzed for the upcoming series.
Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long to actually get footage from the upcoming Fox series. The six-episode event drama is set to hit the schedule just after the turn of the year, premiering on Sunday, January 24, 2016, following the NFC Championship. We already know quite a bit about the returning series, as well. Namely, William B. Davis will be returning as the Cigarette Smoking Man and Mitch Pileggi will appear as Walter Skinner. And recently, Joel McHale was revealed as a guest star on the upcoming program. One of the episodes, “Home Again,” will even nod at the original X-Files episode “Home.”
It took some time for Fox to work out contracts and bring back not only Duchovny and Anderson, but the writers and creator Chris Carter for the new episodes, as well. It’s been 13 years since fans have gotten new episodes of The X-Files, but the new series should certainly be worth the wait. With much of the original team on board, it’s hard to imagine how The X-Files event series could be anything less than spectacular. If anything is a bummer related to the drama, it’s that only six episodes will be produced.
Still, David Duchovny has already spoken out regarding the potential for more episodes down the line should the upcoming run of The X-Files prove successful. It's hard to believe fans wouldn't tune in for the new block of episodes, but you never truly know until the numbers get posted the day after the first episode airs. So, for now, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that enough of the original audience will give the new episodes a shot. Regardless of what happens on Fox in the future, it’s nice to see both actors back in the X-Files saddle again.