The broadcast networks have been busy today with 2015/16 schedule announcements and while the NBC outlook is pretty dismal, Fox has at least one bright light. The X-Files’ return wins most hotly — and I do mean hot —
anticipated comeback (especially with it looking like Twin Peaks is once again, dead in the water); we now know for certain Fox isn’t messing around.
Agents Mulder and Scully will put their badges back on, and magically reappear in our living rooms after a “13-year commercial break” beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016. The 6-part miniseries will air its first episode immediately after the NFC Championship game, with heavy promotion for “maximum exposure” during the game. Fox will then air a second episode, Monday, January 25th at 8 pm EST, pairing the miniseries’ remaining run with the network’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman spinoff comic, Lucifer (starring Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar). Though we don’t know much about what creator/showrunner Chris Carter has planned,
“Have you ever met Chris Carter? Because he doesn’t tell us a lot. I think you will see a combination of episodes that if you were a loyal fan and became familiar with the process of mixing standalone and deeper mythology episodes. Everyone will be happy with what he’s got planned.” (Fox Co-CEO/Chairperson, Dana Walden)
Fox calls it a “huge reward for fans..It’s taken us a very long time to get these three back together.”
As for the rest of the Fox schedule, Monday nights will be a Gotham and Minority Report double-feature, Tuesdays see Grandfathered, The Grinder and then Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens; Wednesdays, Rosewood and Empire, Thursdays, Bones and Sleepy Hollow, and Fridays, Master Chef Junior meets up with World’s Funniest. Saturdays are for College Football, and Sundays, Fox will generally run The OT / Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy,The Last Man on Earth.