'The X-Files' Returns To Fox After 13-Year 'Commercial Break'

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IN PHOTO: The director of the new movie The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Chris Carter (R), and writer Frank Spotnitz (C) attend a preview of the movie in Vancouver, British Columbia July 24, 2008. The two were attending a the movie in which crew and cast from old TV series were invited to attend. Reuters/Andy Clark

Cult sci-fi TV series “The X-Files” is officially returning to Fox for six new episodes after 13 years off the air. Original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back on board to reprise their roles as agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, along with creator and producer Chris Carter.

"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," Carter said in a statement quoted by Entertainment Weekly, adding that the good news is that it is the perfect time to tell the six new stories because world has only gotten “much stranger.” The bad news, however, is that the show will only be revived as a limited series, having only six new episodes planned.

 The series, which follows FBI agents Muller and Scully in their mission to investigate mysterious cases blamed on paranormal phenomena, ran for nine seasons and had over 200 episodes since its premier in 1993 until its 2002 finale. It went from a break-out sci-fi procedural classic to a global hit, earning 16 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes and spawning two feature films, “The X-Files: Fight the Future  in 1998 and The X-Files: Fight the Future” in 2008,  National Post stated. The successful franchise even paved way for other prime-time sci-fi shows, including ABC’s “Lost” and Fox’s “Fringe.”

Fox  Television Group chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden gushed their excitement to be once again working with Carter, saying that “The X-files” has been “one of the most rewarding creative experiences” in their careers. “”The X-Files” was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture — yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning,” they said in a joint statement.

Executives have previously hinted at the possible comeback, saying that they were trying to revive the show during the network’s press tour presentation in January. Filming will begin this summer, with episodes likely to be air in the fall, although exact dates were not confirmed yet.

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