The X-FilesLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
What if The X-Files dropped Mulder and continued with Scully?
Why not keep Gillian Anderson, pay her more money, give her a shot at leading the show, while getting rid of David Duchovny? "This could be the perfect time to center The X-Files on Scully for a potential Season 12 (a renewal, remember, that is far from a given)," says Kimberly Roots. "What better time than now for a strong female with a history of relentlessness to come into her own?"
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:42AM EST
Gillian Anderson poses nude for a PETA ad camapign
The X-Files star will be featured naked on a 70-foot billboard hanging outside of Penn Station during fashion week. “I found it liberating to use my body to make an important statement,” says Anderson. “People tend to look away from anti-fur ads showing mangled animals, but they’re drawn to PETA’s ‘naked’ campaign, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 4:08PM EST
Chris Carter changes his mind, says The X-Files can carry on “with Gillian or without”
Last month, Carter said he wouldn't continue The X-Files without Gillian Anderson. Now that Anderson has made it clear for the umpteenth time that this is her last season, Carter is changing his tune. “I think that certainly The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell, with Gillian or without,” he tells Digital Spy. “I’m sorry to see her go, I've never actually considered doing this show without her, so is this the end? It's the end of something, I don't know if it's the beginning of something new. But certainly we will have to all put our heads together and figure out where to go from here.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Darin Morgan’s X-Files return resulted in one of the funniest episodes in years
The beloved writer's “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” turned X-Files conventions inside out, and should be considered one of the Fox drama’s best-ever episodes.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 4:39PM EST
The X-Files’ Darin Morgan teases tonight’s episode, a Trump-inspired “love letter” to The Twilight Zone
“The initial thing was trying to find some sort of Trump thing,” says the influential X-Files writer. “I wanted to write something about it because (the show’s) whole premise is 'The Truth is Out There,' and now your fictional characters work for someone for whom the truth is a bit fuzzy. So, you should write something about that. Rather than coming up with a story idea or a plot or the weird phenomenon thing, I actually started from that viewpoint. Which is a bit different from what I’ve normally done.” ALSO: Fox releases a midseason extended X-Files trailer.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Fox’s The Resident attracts 8.8 million viewers after NFL’s NFC Championship Game
The “decent sampling” for the freshman medical drama’s premiere was down from The X-Files’ return last year after the NFC Championship Game, which attracted 13.5 million viewers.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
Gillian Anderson: I’m leaving The X-Files because “I don’t want to be tied down to doing one thing for months and months”
“This is it for me, I’m really serious,” Anderson said at the TV press tour, reiterating what she said in October and December about Season 11 being her final season. Anderson's original plan was to call it quits after the six Season 10 episodes, but she said that “didn’t feel like the right way to end it. I wouldn’t have been happy if those six were the way to say goodbye." She added: “I’m finished and that's the end of that… I like to be challenged as an actor and I like to do many many characters. It's time for me to hang up Scully’s hat, it just is. The next couple of years are quite full…There’s lots of things I want to do in my life and my career. I don’t want to be tied down to months and months of any particular one thing.” ALSO: Anderson is also leaving American Gods.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
Here’s your first look at Haley Joel Osment on The X-Files
His guest appearance will help explore the backstory of Walter Skinner.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Gillian Anderson gets a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
The X-Files star was joined by Joel McHale and producer Bryan Fuller — but not co-star David Duchovny — at Monday’s ceremony.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Why does The X-Files keep degrading Scully?
In a “Dear Chris Carter” essay reacting to this week’s controversial episode, Jennifer Still writes: “It’s disheartening to realize we haven’t evolved in our ability to allow our strong female characters to exist without having to falsely validate that existence by repeatedly subjecting them to abject horrors in a misguided attempt to prove their mettle by seeing how well they survive. It’s also insulting and downright infuriating to realize how many male writers still believe in this nonsense. Adversity has the ability to make all of us tougher and more resilient, but strength isn’t dependent on how many tragedies you can crumble at the feet of and still get back up from.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
Fox says “it’s too early to even speculate” on the future of The X-Files
Fox executives were asked about the future of The X-Files, especially with Gillian Anderson announcing that she won’t return for another season and Chris Carter saying he couldn't do the show without her. “You could’ve asked Chris (Carter), David (Duchovny) and Gillian at various times since the show originally premiered whether they would do more,” Fox Television Group chairman Gary Newman said at the TV Critics press tour. “Some days you’d get a ‘Yes,’ some days you’d get a ‘No.’ I would not exclude the possibility that there would be more. But not only is there no plan, there hasn’t been a single conversation. It’s too early to even speculate.” ALSO: Fox can't imagine The X-Files coming back without Gillian Anderson.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
9-1-1’s premiere was the highest-rated show of Wednesday night
The Ryan Murphy drama narrowly beat Modern Family and grew 30% from its X-Files lead-in.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 4:57AM EST
Chris Carter defends The X-Files' controversial Season 11 premiere twist
Carter says he had been planning Wednesday’s episode since 1999. “But, of course, if The X-Files never came back, we would have never gotten to explore it,” he says. Carter says of the twist, “it adds to the characters in an interesting emotional way. And because the audience is now in on this truth, and Mulder and Scully are not, these revelations are huge for this show because they’re huge for the characters. Mulder and Scully’s life history, both professional and personal, are the heart of the show.” The revelation will have a big impact on the season, Carter says, adding: “It makes for interesting storytelling to put the audience in a privileged point of view that could ultimately explode in the end.”
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- The season premiere undid every bit of character development built over many episodes and years
- The shocking episode was not as bad as it might have been
- What’s left of The X-Files is subpar storytelling without the original charm
- How can The X-Files even be relevant in the Trump era?
- David Duchovny reveals he auditioned for all three male leads on Full House
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 6:00PM EST
Chris Carter on The X-Files Season 11: “We’ve added some popcorn to it. We’re taking the show’s mythology to a new place”
“We’ve added some elements,” Carter says of Season 11, which premieres tonight on Fox. “We’ve added some popcorn to it. We’re taking the show’s mythology to a new place, which we needed to do. We’ve added humor in more than one place. There’s a darker comedy, one (writer) Darin Morgan idiosyncratic episode, a couple of excellent (writer) Glen Morgan episodes. We’ve basically put the band back together with some notable additions. We also have three credited women writers, two women directors — like everyone else we’re taking a more diverse approach.”
- Carter on Gillian Anderson saying she won’t return: “The idea of doing the show without her isn’t something I’ve ever had to consider”
- Carter seems to be ignorant of The X-Files’ massive female fan base, especially in his treatment of Scully
- With a longer season, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny seem more comfortable compared to the limited Season 10
- The X-Files feels more like a membership club than a TV series as it “cruises along doing business” the way it has since 1993
- Longtime fans may be turned off by the season premiere, but they should stick with this season
- Season 11 kicks off with "a frustratingly disappointing mythology episode”
- Season 11 is a "pleasant, clever, and sometimes inspired reunion with old friends who were right on the verge of wearing out their welcome..."
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 2:46PM EST
Gillian Anderson reiterates that she’ll be done with The X-Files after Season 11
Anderson tells TV Insider that she’s “said from the beginning this is it for me. I was a bit surprised by people’s (shocked) reaction to my announcement…because my understanding was that this was a single season.”