The X-FilesLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 9/17/18 at 7:37AM EDT
Peter Donat, who played Agent Fox Mulder's father on The X-Files, dies at 90
Source: The New York Times
In addition to his six episodes of The X-Files, Donat is also known for playing the doctor who treated J.R. Ewing after he was shot on Dallas' famous cliffhanger episode. “He had an easy gravitas as a performer and seemed to come from that generation that took the art seriously but not too seriously," David Duchovny said of his TV dad.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
The X-Files turns 25: The pilot episode still holds up with "seriously funny" Mulder and Scully
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The X-Files made its groundbreaking debut on Fox on Sept. 10, 1993. After 25 years, "time hasn’t dimmed the best thing about The X-Files," says EW's Darren Franich. "It remains very funny, one of the most darkly humorous procedurals in TV history — and you can strike that 'one of' if we’re not counting anything British." In The X-Files pilot, he says, "Mulder and Scully look like they’re having a blast. Drenched in rain, surrounded by empty graves, ranting about aliens summoning comatose man-children into a murder forest, they both start laughing. You have to be some kind of stupid brave to laugh at madness this bleak. Twenty-five years later, TV investigators have trended utterly dour or painfully silly. Mulder and Scully are serious, and funny, and seriously funny. There are jokes about corpses: This was Fox, man, god this was Fox." Franich adds that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny "are perfect costars from millisecond one. They’re clearly established as opposites, just as clearly established as allies, two totally different smart people who are skeptical in very specific ways. Mulder doesn’t believe anyone because he thinks everyone is lying. Scully is more meticulous: She waits for people to lie before she distrusts them."
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 5:36PM EDT
The X-Files' Mulder and Scully are getting their own Barbie dolls to mark the 25th anniversary
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The X-Files is also getting a children's book, a comic book and an Upper Deck playing game in celebration of the Sept. 10 25th anniversary.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Here are the most notorious failed spinoffs based on characters from hit shows
Source: The A.V. Club
Friends spinoff Joey, Party of Five spinoff Time of Your Life and Columbo spinoff Mrs. Columbo are among the failed spinoffs developed from hit show characters.
# TOPICS: Lists, 21 Jump Street, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, All in the Family, Beverly Hills Buntz, Booker, Checking In, Cheers, Columbo, Cory In The House, The Flintstones, Friends, Gloria, Grady, Hill Street Blues, The Jeffersons, Joey, The Law And Harry McGraw, The Lone Gunmen, A Man Called Hawk, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Melrose Place (1992 series), Models Inc., Mrs. Columbo, Murder, She Wrote, Ozzie’s Girls, The Pebbles And Bamm-Bamm Show, Phyllis, The Ropers, Sanford And Son , Spenser For Hire, That’s So Raven, Three's Company, Time of Your Life, The Tortellis, The X-Files, Joanie Loves Chachi, Matt LeBlanc, Party of Five (1994 series)
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 12:29PM EDT
Fox has "no plans" for more X-Files after Gillian Anderson's exit
“There are no plans to do another season at the moment," Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman told reporters this morning. ALSO: Anderson reacts to Fox's comments, pointing to "exit of 77% of viewership."
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
Here are all the network shows that are still on the chopping block
Designated Survivor, For the People and Superior Donuts are among the nearly 30 network shows still on the bubble for the 2018-2019 season.
# TOPICS: Save Our Shows, 9JKL, Alex, Inc., A.P. Bio, Blindspot, The Brave, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Champions, The Crossing, Deception, Designated Survivor, The Exorcist, For the People, Ghosted, Gotham, Great News, Instinct, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, LA to Vegas, Life Sentence, Lucifer, Marvel’s Inhumans, Rise, Scorpion, Superior Donuts, Taken, Timeless, The X-Files
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Study: Women who watched The X-Files were 50% more likely to work in STEM fields
Source: The Cut
The study from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media conducted earlier this year aimed to determine if women and girls considered Gillian Anderson's Scully to be a role model.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Gizmodo lists amazing sci-fi shows with infuriatingly terrible finales
Lost and the Battlestar Galactica revival are among the acclaimed series that fizzled on their way out.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
The X-Files would be better off if Chris Carter took a "giant step back from the show"
Carter should hand control over his Fox series to his trusted associates, says Kimberly Roots. "My disappointment comes from the fact that among the X-Files writing staff, ironically, Carter seems the least attuned to what makes the show great. His four mythology episodes in Seasons 10 and 11, all bearing the title 'My Struggle,' were supposed to root the revival in the series’ sprawling conspiracy. Yet when they weren’t confusing (wait, what parts of the Season 10 finale were/weren’t Scully’s visions?), they were confounding."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
How might The X-Files proceed without Gillian Anderson?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It would be easier for Chris Carter to bring back The X-Files if David Duchovny also didn't return. ALSO: Ranking every episode of The X-Files revival.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Chris Carter on the future of The X-Files: "Right now it's anyone's guess"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Carter says he's "happy not to think about it for a little bit" following Wednesday's Season 11 finale. "I honestly don’t know right now," he says. "There’s so much that’s up in the air right now with Fox’s sale to Disney, and with Gillian's announcement — which I respect — and with more X-Files stories to be told…right now it’s anyone’s guess." He adds: "I know there’s more life in this show, whether it’s — they’re doing a really interesting X-Files narrative game right now — while it would never be the same without Gillian, as I was saying I do think there are more stories to be told. If this was the last episode, would I be happy? I don’t know. There are so many questions that this begs now. I’m standing with them on the end of that pier and thinking about the impossibility of it and the impossibility of not knowing what the future holds for them."
- Carter: "Hard-core X-Files fans know there have been no real endings on the show"
- Here's how The X-Files said goodbye to Gillian Anderson
- Mitch Pileggi hopes The X-Files returns
- Season 11 was "bad," but not as messy as the Season 10 finale
- Should we judge this season finale as just another Chris Carter fever dream, or the last X-Files ever?
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
The X-Files had the perfect series finale with this week's episode
The penultimate “Nothing Lasts Forever," the second to last episode starring Gillian Anderson, would've been the perfect ending for The X-files and its revival, says Alan Sepinwall. "The episode was produced eighth but is airing ninth, perhaps because all involved recognized how well its themes suited a finale-ish position," says Sepinwall. "In having Mulder and Scully go after a disgusting cult — led by TV’s best reactor to things himself, Jere Burns — that uses stolen human organs and blood in service of eternal youth for the aging sitcom star at the head of it, 'Nothing Lasts Forever' was able to comment not only on the idea of Mulder and Scully still going on these adventures (and looking this good) at their age, but to force them to contemplate their own mortality and the eventual end of their stories."
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Vince Gilligan wanted to end Breaking Bad after five seasons because he thought The X-Files went on too long
Source: Digital Spy
"I was very anxious about the idea of folks suddenly moving on, and saying, 'Is that show still on the air? I used to watch it. It used to be good,'" Gilligan said recently while promoting Better Call Saul. "I'd wanted folks rather to say, 'Don't end it now!' That's what I wanted, and that's what we got, thank goodness. So it was me as much as anybody who said, 'I want to leave the stage at a high point, and not go past the high point.'"
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 10:05AM EST
X-Files fans were stunned when Gillian Anderson tweeted a pic of a vibrator as "#ScullysFriend"
Source: The Daily Dot
Anderson on Thursday captioned her pic of what is likely the "Mimi" vibrator with “What’s more to say?”
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?"