Cult television thriller The X-Files will return for a limited series with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their FBI agent roles, Fox Broadcasting network said on Tuesday, reported REUTERS.
The X-Files, which premiered on Fox in 1993, followed FBI special agents Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) as they investigated cases of the unexplained, UFOs and often paranormal phenomenon.
Scully was the logical, practical partner of Mulder, who believed that alien worlds could exist within the universe and constantly searched for the truth in government cover-ups and conspiracy theories.
The show created by Chris Carter became the longest-running sci-fi series in US network TV history with nine seasons, concluding in 2002.
The new series will comprise six episodes, due to start production this summer. Airing date has not yet been announced.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in a statement. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
The X-Files revival comes on the heels of Fox’s recent programming hits with Batman prequel Gotham and hip hop drama Empire.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, of Fox Television Group, said: “We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files. It 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,” reported BBC.com
“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”.
Duchovny tweeted about the show’s return, writing: “It’s been 13 years, hope my suits still fit”. The series, which went from break-out sci-fi show to a global hit, earned 16 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes, reported ABC news.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 26th, 2015.