So what we know so far about the X-Files “event season” is that Duchovny and Anderson are on board, and so are Mitch Pileggi (the one and only Director Skinner) and William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man). Chris Carter is running the thing, and it’s going to be six episodes, airing in January of 2016.
Look, I’m excited. I’m REALLY excited. X-Files was the first show that was MY show growing up. And therefore it is the greatest thing that ever existed and I will brook no argument on this point. There were no movies though, just so we’re clear. There were no X-Files movies.
What do we know today that we didn’t know yesterday?
First, when asked how the - um spoilers - dead Cigarette Smoking Man is coming back, Carter said “how he comes back is going to be handled — I’ll call it — in a particular X-Files way”.
Second, Duchovny said that when he read the scripts he cried because they were so beautiful. And this is a wealthy man who went to rehab for sex addiction, so beauty is a trifle to his gloriously corrupted soul.
Third, Duchovny on the heels of admitting to sobbing made me even more emotional by declaring that this upcoming series was so awesome that he was totally on board with more episodes:
“I would be open to doing another cycle. I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this. Certainly, we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.”
Well there’s only one possible response to that: