EW have shared the first proper images from the return of The X-Files, and the images show Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) back in action, plus some new faces and a behind the scenes shot. The images present our first look at new characters played by Joel McHale and Annet Mehendru.
The very first image of Mulder and Scully was revealed a few weeks ago, with Mulder looking slightly worse for wear. Duchovny confirms to EW that he is in a “dark, dark place”. Scully, on the other hand, said she likes where their relationship picks up, but she was equally interested in the pertinent political and social issues the series will explore, “I also like the area of zeitgeist that we step in to. It’s on point and raises some very interesting issues. And question marks.”
Series creator Chris Carter talked about making the show up to date, and relevant:
“The X-Filesended right after 9/11…A lot has happened since then. A lot of rollback of rights and liberties in the name of our protection. We’re being spied on now, we’re being lied to — all things that, for me, remind me of when I grew up, which was right around Watergate. I think we’re in similar and much more dire times right now.”
Carter also revealed that while we will see old favourites Mitch Pileggi as Skinner and William B. Davis as the Cigarette Smoking Man return, we will not be seeing any familiar monsters. All the creatures in the new series will be making appearances for the first time, and Carter promised a new monster each week, like the original series.
He said: “We’re not going to reboot any of the old favorites, although it was something we all thought about…These are all brand new stories. We hope to scare you in brand new ways.”
Along with Carter, original series scribes James Wong, Glen Morgan, and Darin Morgan have returned to give us chilling episodes, including an episode titled Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-Man and Home Again.
Check out the images below.
The next mind-bending chapter of “THE X-FILES” debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The thrilling six-episode event series, helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY, marks the momentous return of the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.
Here’s the original press release for the shows return:
“THE X-FILES” RETURNS TO FOX
Emmy Award-winning Pop Culture Phenomenon from Chris Carter Is Back as Six-Episode Event Series.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to Reprise Their Roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Thirteen years after the original series run, FOX has ordered the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES, a thrilling, six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.
The announcement was made today by Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group and Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of THE X-FILES. Production on THE X-FILES event series is set to begin in summer 2015. Further details remain under wraps and will be announced at a later date.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
“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,” remarked Newman and Walden. “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.”
THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, THE X-FILES is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.