Are ‘The X-Files’ Returning to Television?

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The folks at TV Wise are reporting that Fox is nearing a deal to revive The X-Files for a limited series with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson expected to return. According to the report, the revived series would be a very short run, with less than 10 episodes expected.

If this all comes together, though, don’t expect this to be a long-term revival. From the TV Wise report:

[…] the revival is aimed to close out the lingering storylines left by the series proper, which, much to the dismay of fans, were left unresolved by the second feature film I Want To Believe. I’m told that Fox landed on the “short order” for two reasons. The first being story requirements – a conclusion that execs came to after prolonged discussions with Chris Carter.

The second – and an equally important one – was scheduling. The feeling was that it would be easier for the always in demand Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny to schedule a block of time to shoot the revival with a short order. The duo, who were always committed to doing more X-Files, have, sources say, agreed to reprise their roles. It is understood than an offer has also gone out to Mitch Pileggi. Other key cast members will also return.

While it’ll certainly be nice for fans to see certain unresolved storylines reach a conclusion, I can’t help but ask: Do we really need any more X-Files? The show has been off the air for over a decade and the last film was a bomb that seemed to capture the affections of nobody. Hopefully, this revival will lead to some closure for the series and its fans. Then The X-Files can be filed in its rightful place in history and we can begin the search for the next great original sci-fi series.

(h/t: Collider)

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