U.S. premiere of the first new episode helf for a standing-room-only crowd at the Javits Center followed by an Exclusive Q&A Panel with series creator and Executive Producer Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi.
Panel hosted by Avid “X” – Fan and “The X-Files” guest star Kumail Nanjiani! Highlights include why the time was perfect to bring back “The X-Files”, the status of Mulder and Scully’s relationship and David and Mitch talk playing Mulder and Skinner again.
FOX’s event series The X-Files will have its world premiere at MIPCOM in Cannes, France on Tuesday, October 6th. My Struggle, the first of the series’ six, will be presented at the Grand auditorium of the Palias des Festivals by executive producer Chris Carter.
On Saturday, October 10th, The X-Files episode will its American premiere at the Javits Center during the 2015 New York Comic Con. A Q&A session will follow with Carter and David ‘Fox Mulder’ Duchovny.
The x-Files will have its two-night network premiere on Sunday, January 24th (following the NFC Championship Game) and Monday January 25th. Follow the jump for more.
As part of FOX Fanfare 2015, the network has scheduled world premiere screenings of Scream Queens, Minority Report and Lucifer; Last Man on Earth’s SDCC debut; a ‘raucous Seth MacFarlane panel that will include new series Bordertown; giveaways (collectible posters, 2015 Poster Tubes), plus X Marks The Spot! and much, much more.
FOX had the biggest success of last season with Empire and solid performances from the usual suspects – Bones, New Girl and animated series like The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers.
For the 2015-16 season, the network is bringing back The X-Files as a six-episode event, premiering after the NFL’s NFC Championship Game. A new horror anthology series from the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, Scream Queens, will anchor an all-new Tuesday that includes John Stamos vehicle Grandfathered and Rob Lowe starrer, The Grinder. and Minority Report, a sequel to the movie, will follow Gotham on Mondays. Miami set procedural Rosewood wil lrun on Wednesdays.
American Idol will finish its run beginning in January and new mid-season shows include dramas Lucifer (based on the DC Comics creation), and The Frankenstein Code as well as animated satire Bordertown and half-hour comedy The Guide To Surviving Life.
For series descriptions, casts, social media links and the full FOX 2015-16 schedule, follow the jump.
For X-Files fans, it’s lucky 13! The X-Files is returning to FOX after that long – with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in six new adventures by series creator Chris Carter.
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said Carter. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
Now, I’m genuinely excited about something. Several months ago the folks at IDW announced The X-Files was returning to comics. That announcement seemed like this would be confused as all they said was that they were essentially reprinting old X-Files comics. Today they made it official, Chris Carter is overseeing an official Season 10 series.
Similar to how Joss Whedon handled Buffy and Angel. I hope this each “season” doesn’t go as long as Buffy and Angel did. First 15 issues of Buffy Season 8 was just as good as the TV show but then it seemed like the Twilight Arc would never end – same with Angel: After The Fall. Maybe Carter has his mojo back and fixes the mess he created in the later seasons.
In the opening story arc, “Believers,” readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. I want Charlie darn it! Official press release is after the break.
I’m not sure how to describe the type of X-Files fan that I am. The first episode that I remember watching was Anasazi and being blown away. After that I was completely hooked on the show. But the only episodes that I really loved were the Myth episodes. They added depth to Mulder and Scully and a lot happened in those eps. Then after everything that happens, I’d have to slog through 4 or 5 weeks worth of Monster of the Week episodes that sucked the life out of the series. They always felt out of context and there was always this elephant in the room that they wouldn’t acknowledge. This movie feels exactly like that. Ten years too late, out of season (this is a Winter film, not summer) and sort of perfunctory.
There’s a reason Writer/Director/Creator Chris Carter kept such tight wraps on the story and thus hampered the marketing campaign. The story is trite, it contains none of the surprises or thrills that the secrecy would lead you to believe are there. The story is actually pretty mundane.
When we last left our heroes Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) were on the run from the Government after Mulder was framed and convicted of murdering a federal Agent. Six years later, they are still wanted – but not. It appears the FBI just stopped caring. Scully has finally become a Doctor and Mulder is a recluse. When an agent goes missing the Agent In Charge, ASAC Dakota Whitney (Amanda Peet) offers Scully and Mulder complete amnesty if Mulder helps. This entire beginning is typical MOTW crap.
After everything that happened at the end of the series, we’re supposed to buy that the government just stopped caring. They are wanted criminals, but aren’t exactly hiding. And the govt. does nothing? This film would have worked better if they were hiding and the FBI had to really work to track them down because this case was vital to the country or FBI. Or deeply personal to a major official, like the kidnapping of The President’s daughter. While tragic and difficult, this case seems too small to warrant bringing Mulder in and forgiving him his past sins. Not just showing up at Scully’s job one day and asking “Do you know how to get in touch with Mulder?” Remember; when we last saw them they gave up EVERYTHING to go on the run.
The movie looks and feels like a cheaply produced episode – not even movie of the week quality. And that’s a shame because one of the things that separated X-Files from any other television show was its high quality production values and unique visual style. Sure they only had $30 million to work with, but they had far better results on TV with far less. This movie showcases almost none of that. If this were any other movie other than a X-Files film, I would have hated it – or maybe I would have liked it more. But its saving grace is, that, while, muted, it still feels like the X-Files.
Mulder and Scully still hold your attention, all the little moments that you love from the TV show are there, like the music, Mulder dropping his phone, Scully’s long suffering sigh and her looks that say “You can’t possibly be serious.” Scully is still one of the most kick ass characters in TV history. There’s not enough of Mulder’s dry wit. I sincerely hope this weak installment doesn’t prevent them from giving fans an X-Files film that we deserve. One that wraps up the entire show in a slam bang fashion.
Final Grade C+
By Michelle Alexandria
As an X-Phile who sat through every single episode of the The X-Files [yup, all nine seasons and the first movie], I have to say that it was disheartening to see a mere eighteen people in the theater for the first matinee of The X-Files: I Want To Believe. What was even more disheartening was watching the film unfold to pretty much stony silence from the assembled [I’d hardly call it a crowd].
You don’t need to have watched the television program to understand what’s going on in I Want to Believe, but it certainly helps when it comes to some of the inside jokes and character moments. Even a non-X-Phile can follow the plot – which revolves around a specific urban legend – and the relationship between former FBI agents Fox Mulder [David Duchovny] and Dr. Dana Scully [Gillian Anderson] is apparent even to the uninitiated [though some of their exchanges might not have the same impact for those new to the X-Files experience].
Duchovny and Anderson slip back into their roles so well, it’s like they’ve always been there and there are pleasantly surprising performances from newcomers to the X-Files, Xzibit [as a sceptical FBI Agent who seems like a Skinner-in-training, but without the people skills] and Billy Connolly as a psychic pedophile ex-priest. Amanda Peet, as Agent-in-Charge Dakota Whitney, is merely adequate. Callum Keith Rennie, as the primary villain, brings a suitable menace to his performance.
Unfortunately, the plot is pretty average – to the point where the B-plot [Scully’s efforts to save the life of a boy with a deadly brain disease] is actually more involving. On the plus side, series creator Chris Carter – who co-wrote the script with Frank Spotnitz – does a good job of creating the murky, atmospheric feel that made the series unique to the proceedings. That compensates for many of the film’s flaws.
The X-Files: I Want To Believe is an adequate way to kill a couple of hours, but it’s not likely to spawn the kind of fervent glee that the best episodes of the series generated. I fear this will be the last new X-Files adventure/investigation. Pity… [Please note, stay through the credits and you’ll see a glimpse of Mulder and Scully that is particularly memorable for Scully fans – two words: black bikini.]
You’re a high school chemistry teacher with a family and a mortgage. After inquiring if you’ve ever been a smoker [always a bad sign], your doctor tells you you have six months to a year to live – lung cancer. You’ve always taken the safe course, but this throws you. What do you do? That’s the subject of Breaking Bad [Sunday, 109C], AMC’s new darkly comic drama from X-Files veteran, Vince Gilligan.