Fox Wants To Bring Back The X-Files, David Duchovny And Gillian Anderson

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Fox has confirmed that it is in talks to revive its iconic supernatural horror procedural, The X-Files.

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Speaking Saturday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Fox TV executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman said they've been in talks not only with series creator Chris Carter, but stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, about the show's revival. Discussions to date have not been creative in nature but logistical; with Carter, Duchovny and Anderson all busy with their own projects, the biggest obstacle facing the reboot could be finding a time frame during which all three are free. Here's Walden:

Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of The X Files. It was a great experience. We've maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We're very hopeful, but it's hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it's just trying to carve out the time.

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Newman, for one, says he is "hopeful" about the outcome of the talks.

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DISCUSSION

As a former lover of the show, I find myself deeply ambivalent about this.

I almost wish they would dispense with "arc" stories by starting the first episode with this sequence:
Scully: "Wow, Mulder, I'm glad we stopped that whole alien invasion thing."
Mulder: "I know, right! That was a close one. Back to the old grind here at the FBI. I'm glad they gave me my office back and scanned in all the X-Files from the backup file cabinet."

They they can just start doing monster of the week shows, which were the best bits in the series anyway. I just don't think Carter can survive in today's arc-based television world where viewers actually expect you to have a plan for this big mythology you are building.