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March 24, 2015

‘X-Files’ revival: Duchovny, Anderson returning in 6-episode Fox event

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Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are headed back to the small screen.

“The X-Files” is returning to Fox with a six-episode event series, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are set to reprise their original roles as the FBI agents who investigate paranormal mysteries.

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"The X-Files" actors Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny. (Michael Lavine / Fox)

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"The X-Files" director Chris Carter in 2008. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

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"The X-Files" star David Duchovny in 2008. (Karen Tapia / Los Angeles Times)

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Director Chris Carter, left, and David Duchovny on the set of 2008's "The X-Files: I Want to Believe." (Diyah Pera / 20th Century Fox)

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"The X-Files" actors Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny. (Michael Lavine / Fox)

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David Duchovny, left, and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully in a scene from "The X-Files." (Marcel Williams / Fox)

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David Duchovny, left, and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully in a scene from "The X-Files." (Carin Baer / Fox)

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Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny in a scene from "The X-Files." (Merrick Morton / Fox)

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Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny in a scene from "The X-Files." (Fox)

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David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, left, and Mitch Pileggi as A.D. Skinner in "The X-Files." (Fox)

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David Duchovny, left, and Gillian Anderson as Mulder and Scully in a scene from "The X-Files." (Fox)

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Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny in a scene from "The X-Files." (Larry Watson / Fox)

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Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny in a scene from "The X-Files." (Larry Watson / Fox)

The sci-fi horror series, helmed by creator Chris Carter, premiered 22 years ago and became a pop-culture phenomenon, earning 16 Primetime and Creative Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and inspiring a worldwide fan base. The show, which ran for nine seasons, became U.S. network TV’s longest-running sci-fi series.

“The X-Files” has been off the air since 2002, but production for the six new episodes will begin this summer.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” Carter said in Tuesday’s news release announcing the revival. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

Carter talked about the show’s continued relevance at the “X-Files” 20th anniversary celebration at 2013’s Hero Complex Film Festival.

“In 2001, everyone knows, we couldn’t have trusted the government more. Now all of a sudden … we couldn’t trust the government less,” he said at the festival. “The show seems somewhat relevant today. I’m glad I’m not making it today…. It was of its time. It seemed right for its time. It sort of capitalized on its time. You probably could make the show today, but I don’t know why. It feels like it was made exactly when it should have been made.”

It seems Carter has changed his mind.

“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,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, in the press statement.

Further details about the event series, which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, are under wraps.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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