X-Files Revival Almost Had a 7 Episode Season
Last week was an exciting one for fans of The X-Files, with the first episode My Struggle screening first at MIPCOM in France and then at New York Comic Con over the weekend. While the rest of us still have to wait three long months before the show debuts on Sunday, January 24 on Fox, it seems the six-episode event series almost got a seventh episode. Series creator Chris Carter told TV Line that they had a script written for the seventh episode, but the stand alone story never happened due to scheduling conflicts. Here's what Chris Carter had to say about this mystery episode, which fans still may get to see, some day.
"It was almost about to happen. We were planning for it. The script was written. I even called people to find out if they were available to direct, and it just didn't happen. I created an opportunity for two writers that I am close with to write a spec script. If there are more X-Files to be made, certainly it will be one of those."
Series star David Duchovny revealed at NYCC that he would come back as Fox Mulder for another season, but he revealed in May that he is more interested in making a short event series like this new revival, instead of a full 20-episode season that would be in production for the better part of a year. This six-episode season started filming in June, with production wrapping in early September. Fox hasn't confirmed whether or not they would order another truncated version of The X-Files, but that certainly may happen if the fans respond to the new series.
The X-Files Revival is set thirteen years after the original series run, a thrilling, six-episode event series from 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. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully's boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. 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 X-Files debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 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, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The upcoming event series will encompass a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show's seminal mythology. Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong. Are you disappointed that we won't get to see an extra X-Files Revival episode next year? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more on The X-Files.