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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #4

13 July 2016 7:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #4…

Ishmael, Part 1 of 2: Agent Scully finds herself the target of a stalker, who also threatens to reveal a dark family secret that she’s even kept from her trusted partner Agent Mulder.

Now this was interesting. Joe Harris takes a big, brave risk as he explores the unseen history of the Scully family in ‘Ishmael’ pt 1, with a story it almost seems surprising, as a long term fan of The X-Files, that Chris Carter would sign off on. It deals with a long held secret by Dana Scully about a certain member of her family, someone extremely special to her, and how the past is now starting to haunt not only her dreams, but also her work in the FBI. To say anymore would be to give away perhaps too much, but in the context of Scully and the character it concerns, it’s »

- Tony Black

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The X-Files: The Event Series Review

6 July 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After nine years of monsters, aliens and shadow government conspiracies, The X-Files closed its doors during the spring of 2002. Taken off air as a result of declining ratings and a general drop in quality, its loss left a large hole in the hearts of many who’d followed along since the early 90s.

Thankfully for us Xphiles, what was once thought to be dead didn’t stay buried long. In 2008, creator Chris Carter brought his now iconic series back into the limelight with the stand-alone movie, I Want to Believe. However, while it brought fans the married Mulder and Scully tandem that they’d been pining for for years, an uninteresting plot, some embarrassing writing and poor casting decisions led to a box office flop.

I Want to Believe‘s high profile failure was thought to be the final nail in the show’s coffin. Fans were unhappy, Fox was »

- Chad Goodmurphy

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How Weird Did Emmys Fyc Campaigns Get in 2016? The Answer Is Really Weird

28 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are 19,000 members of the Television Academy who vote on the Primetime Emmy Awards. Here are just a few of Los Angeles locations where, over the last few months, they might have found their votes courted by networks and studios:

The Silver Lake Dog Park A fashion show at the Grove A popular 3rd Street lunch spot A pop-up screening room hosted in an Airstream trailer Election Day polling places A cemetery

In fact, since the beginning of Emmy campaign season (an ill-defined period of time) it’s been a circus of events and stunts meant to get voters’ attention. (In fact, there was a literal carnival, courtesy of Fox, for “Grease: Live.”) Looking at the calendar of an Academy member, there was hardly a single night in May and June that didn’t include at least one “For Your Consideration” event, and sometimes multiple ones clashed for attention.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Chris Carter on That ‘X-Files’ Season 10 Cliffhanger, and What Comes Next

27 June 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Trying to extract any secrets out of the creator of “The X-Files” is a fool’s game. But at the same time, it’s always a pleasure to hear Chris Carter reflect on the show that changed the game for network television in the 1990s.

Read More: The 49 Most Important Characters of ‘The X-Files,’ Ranked

Nominated for 21 Emmys over the course of its original run, the sci-fi drama made international stars out of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, and broke ground in how genre could mix comedy with drama over 22 episodes a season.

And when the show returned to Fox this spring for a six-episode limited run, Carter took pride in the fact that “We could’ve made this an exercise in nostalgia, and we didn’t.”

The production process of Season 10, as Carter revealed below, had its benefits — like the extra time necessary to work on the visual effects — but also its complications, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Chris Carter on That ‘X-Files’ Season 10 Cliffhanger, and What Comes Next

27 June 2016 1:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Trying to extract any secrets out of the creator of “The X-Files” is a fool’s game. But at the same time, it’s always a pleasure to hear Chris Carter reflect on the show that changed the game for network television in the 1990s.

Read More: The 49 Most Important Characters of ‘The X-Files,’ Ranked

Nominated for 21 Emmys over the course of its original run, the sci-fi drama made international stars out of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, and broke ground in how genre could mix comedy with drama over 22 episodes a season.

And when the show returned to Fox this spring for a six-episode limited run, Carter took pride in the fact that “We could’ve made this an exercise in nostalgia, and we didn’t.”

The production process of Season 10, as Carter revealed below, had its benefits — like the extra time necessary to work on the visual effects — but also its complications, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Kyle Chandler Is the Supple Spine of ‘Bloodline’ (Emmy Video)

27 June 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bloodline” Season 2, now streaming on Netflix, is a must-see. And much of the credit goes to its star, Kyle Chandler.

From “Damages” creators Todd and Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman, the feverish Florida neo-noir is a dysfunctional family drama that reveals how and why three siblings would turn on their oldest brother (Ben Mendelsohn). The writers were fascinated by the roles taken on by each member of a family, from the black sheep to the fixer. When volatile wild card Danny Rayburn re-enters the scene, he disrupts the Rayburn family, led by its hotelier and matriarch (Sissy Spacek) and local detective John Rayburn (Chandler). (Mendelsohn and Chandler both scored acting Emmy nominations for Season 1.)

In Season 2, John and his two agitated siblings (Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz) must deal with the aftermath of Danny’s murder. Danny haunts them in more ways than one, not only messing with their heads, »

- Anne Thompson

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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #3

22 June 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #3…

The X-Files is back and bigger than ever! Now, with the participation of Chris Carter, Idw Publishing is proud to present the continuing adventures of iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully! Tune in here for the finale of “Muerta”!

The second of the first two-part story from Joe Harris in this new Idw run of The X-Files, and ‘Dia de Muertos’ part 2 manages to successfully conclude an intriguing tale concerning Mexican folklore, and the worship of Santa Muerte. The cliffhanger–which saw Mulder in imminent danger from a red eyed monster hiding out in his boot–doesn’t perhaps unfurl in as exciting or tense a manner as you might wish, but Harris doesn’t wait to throw us into the story as Mulder & Scully attempt to uncover the mystery of the rather savage deaths from their usual, different, angles. For Mulder it »

- Tony Black

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David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on whether they’re interested in more X-Files

21 June 2016 11:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

After its hugely successful return earlier this year, both creator Chris Carter and Fox have hinted at more adventures for FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with Fox CEO Dana Walden even suggesting that earlier conversations were taking place. However, according to Gillian Anderson, she’s yet to be approached about the prospect of another season, although she is certainly open to the idea.

“For me, it was important that I thought of this season as being just these six shows when we were doing it,” Anderson tells Deadline. “The long insanity of the schedule [demanded it]. I’m open to the conversation, though they haven’t come to us yet. I have no clue when they’re going to. I’m getting on with the rest of my life and I’m booking other jobs, so if it is indeed something that they would like to continue, then that conversation will need to be had. »

- Gary Collinson

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Preview of The X-Files #3

21 June 2016 2:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The X-Files #3 is out on Wednesday, and we have a preview of the issue for you here courtesy of Idw Publishing…

The X-Files is back and bigger than ever! Now, with the participation of Chris Carter, Idw Publishing is proud to present the continuing adventures of iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully! Tune in here for the finale of “Muerta”!

The X-Files #3 is out on June 22nd, priced $3.99.

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- Amie Cranswick

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The X-Files: Gillian Anderson Talks About Returning to Series

20 June 2016 12:34 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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The X-Files has been a topic of conversation this week with the release of season 10 on DVD. Both Chris Carter and David Duchovny have spoken out about a possible eleventh season of the series. Both have said that there are plans in the works, but Gillian Anderson offered very different comments when she spoke with Deadline.

Is season 11 in the planning stages? Not yet, according to the actress, who has played Dana Scully since the start of the series.

She said the following:

“For me, it was important that I thought of this season as being just these six shows when we were doing it. The long insanity of the schedule [demanded it]. I’m open to the conversation, though they haven’t come to us yet. I have no clue when they’re »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #2

20 June 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #2…

The X-Files is back and bigger than ever! Now, with the participation of Chris Carter, Idw Publishing is proud to present the continuing adventures of iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully!

See Also: Check out a preview of The X-Files #2

The second issue of Idw’s brand new run of The X-Files comics launches us into our first two-part story from the combined forces of Joe Harris & Matthew Dow Smith, and ‘Dia de Muertos’ Part One once again successfully manages to fuse together a creepy investigation for Mulder & Scully with a modern day societal problem, in this case the plight of illegal immigration across the Mexican border and the desperate treatment of people looking for a better life in the land of opportunity. It’s an issue all about establishment but it allows Harris to take his time more with the storytelling than »

- Tony Black

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Comic Book Review – The X-Files #1

19 June 2016 1:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews The X-Files #1…

Thirteen years after the original series run, The X-Files has enjoyed a momentous return to television in a thrilling event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter. Now, with the participation of Carter, Idw Publishing is proud to bring to comics the continuing adventures of iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully!

See Also: Check out a preview of The X-Files #1

Okay so I need to preface this with an admission. I love The X-Files. It’s my favourite thing in the world and has been since I was about 13 years old. I have seen the entire show countless times. I run a podcast devoted to the series, in which I’ve interviewed authors of some of the supporting material in book form. I am a paid up ‘X-Phile’ and know the series inside out. I can look upon Joe Harris’ new Idw series, »

- Tony Black

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Gillian Anderson: Fox 'Has Not Come to Us' About More X-Files — 'I'm Getting On With the Rest of My Life'

17 June 2016 1:12 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The overture may be out there, but it has yet to reach Gillian Anderson.

Last month, Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden was bullish about the prospect of more X-Files episodes, saying that not only have there been “conversations” with series creator Chris Carter as well as Anderson and co-lead David Duchovny about a potential Season 11, but, “I believe everyone is on board.”

RelatedX-Files Creator Chris Carter on That Cliffhanger Ending, a Lingering Mulder Mystery and the Latest on Season 11

However, in a new interview with our sister site Deadline, Anderson insists she has not been approached. “I’m open to the conversation, »

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David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson On Reopening ‘The X-Files’ And The Possibility Of More – Awardsline

17 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

A full 23 years after making its debut, Chris Carter’s cultural phenomenon The X-Files returned to Fox this year with a limited six-episode series, reuniting David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for the first time since 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe feature film. In late May, with Anderson and Duchovny on opposite sides of the country—she off-Broadway in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, which wrapped earlier this month; he in Los Angeles having wrapped a… »

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Duchovny: "X-Files" Revival Needed More Eps

16 June 2016 10:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

There's been plenty of critical analysis of "The X-Files" event series revival since it premiered in January, and one of the show's stars now says that one of the common criticisms was fair - that it was too short.

The six-episode event series by creator and showrunner Chris Carter was a big ratings hit for the channel which seemed to pretty much confirm another shortened season would be made when scheduling could be worked out.

Talking with TV Insider, Duchovny admits: "I think there were too few episodes. Twenty-two is far too many, but six is too few, so we've got to figure out something right in between."

The actor famously left the series as a regular after seven seasons complaining that his workload was too great. However both he and co-star Gillian Anderson indicated that the much shorter season was crucial to them signing onboard for the revival. »

- Garth Franklin

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David Duchovny owns up to one major flaw in 'X-Files' season 10

15 June 2016 4:32 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the most common critiques of The X-Files season 10 was that the show's creative team tried cramming too much plot into too few episodes -- and series star David Duchovny couldn't agree more. "I think there were too few episodes," Duchovny told TV Insider in an interview to promote the new season of his Manson Family drama Aquarius. "Twenty-two is far too many, but six is too few, so we’ve got to figure out something right in between." Judging from recent interviews with the show's core creative team, the decision to produce an abbreviated season 10 appears to have sprung from extended contract negotiations with the two lead actors, particularly Gillian Anderson; in an interview with Variety in January, the actress noted that the shorter time commitment was a major factor in getting her on board:  “It was only at the point that we were having conversations about six or eight (episodes of 'X-Files') that I would even, or could even, consider it,” she says. “I don’t think it took that much convincing once that became a reality.” Back in May, Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden told reporters that Anderson, Duchovny and X-Files creator Chris Carter were "on board" for another season, and it seems Duchovny, at least, is willing to sign on for more than the six episodes he committed to the last time around. It remains to be seen whether Anderson is open to doing the same, but getting her on board may take a little more persuading. As she told the Guardian prior to the season 10 premiere: “When we used to do the series, I had no life, and I didn’t want to experience that again with three kids. That was the bottom line really.” »

- Chris Eggertsen

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The X-Files: The Event Series DVD review

13 June 2016 9:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The X-Files' latest episodes are out now on DVD and Blu-ray, with a fan-pleasing number of extras. Here's our review...

About 15 years ago, as DVDs were taking off, sales got a big boost when extra features started to appear on them on a regular basis. While some were happy to buy what was then an expensive machine and pricey disc for the sake of improved picture quality and better storage (among other things), for others, it was the lure of making-of features, deleted scenes (occasionally available on VHS cassettes from the period, but not often) and director’s commentaries – never available on VHS, for obvious reasons – that encouraged them to upgrade to the new format. For your humble correspondent, for example, it was the Extended Edition of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, complete with four commentaries and two discs of extras, that was the reason for buying a DVD player.

As Blu-ray started to pull ahead of HD DVD in the next Battle of the New Formats, production companies started to try the same trick. Increasingly, all the good extras are reserved for the Blu-ray, in the hope of encouraging fans to upgrade once again, with DVDs often vanilla discs, or very nearly.

For some of us, though, this isn’t working. Having spent a fortune over the course of the Twenty-First Century so far replacing our old VHS collections with DVDs, many of us feel disinclined to repeated the process, especially considering Blu-ray offers the same advantages in terms of storage, accessible menus, etc. as DVDs, so the only reasons to upgrade are improved sound and picture quality and, if relevant, extras. Considering how many of us are now accessing movies and TV through streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky and moving away from hard copies all together, investing in a Blu-ray is not necessarily an enticing prospect. (This is, of course, not everyone’s view and I’m sure you’ll all tell me how fabulous Blu-ray is in the comments, and of course some games consoles do include Blu-ray players – but I don’t own one and nothing so far has convinced me it’s worth buying a separate player).

It’s always pleasant, then, to see a DVD release of new material that still offers a good selection of extra material, the sort of thing you can’t get from Netflix, on what is now the old-fashioned DVD format. The X-Files Event series is one such DVD box-set. Across three discs, it includes the series (obviously), three episode commentaries, two Making Of features, three other short featurettes, deleted scenes and a gag reel.

The series itself received what might kindly be referred to as a mixed reception, and you can see our reviews of individual episodes elsewhere on the site. To an extent, it benefits from a short binge-watch of all six episodes, as threads running across the season can be drawn out more easily; on the other hand, a certain amount of repetition designed to keep weekly viewers up to date becomes more noticeable. It also benefits from a re-watch, knowing what this new series is and how it plays out. Without the burden of years of expectation, it becomes easier to enjoy these episodes for what they are, rather than feeling disappointment that they are not what you might have expected them to be. The highlight of the series and the main reason to want your own permanent copy of the episodes, though, is certainly the Darin Morgan-scripted (and directed), Rhys Darby-starring Mulder And Scully Meet The Were-Monster, which is a joy from start to finish.

There are episode commentaries on Episode 2, Founder’s Mutation (Chris Carter and episode writer/director James Wong), Episode 3, Mulder And Scully Meet The Were-Monster (Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Darin Morgan and guest star Kumail Nanjiani) and Episode 6, My Struggle II (Chris Carter and producer Gabe Rotter). Carter and Wong, both in the same room, offer a nice chat on Founder’s Mutation including a discussion of its move in position from fifth episode to second. On Episode 3, Anderson and Duchovny are in a room together, and Morgan and Nanjiani are in a room together, so the commentary is essentially made up of two conversations spliced together, but both are entertaining and hearing Duchovny’s and Morgan’s views on their approach to Mulder’s character (something that also comes up in the Making Of features) can be quite revealing. Carter and Rotter are once again in the same room for their discussion of Episode 6, though this track is a bit less chatty than the others.

There are two Making Of features. The first, a 50-minute feature perhaps confusingly titled 43:45 after the standard length of an episode, focuses on the making of Episode 1, My Struggle, from initial table read to the end of shooting. The second, Season X (one hour and ten minutes), offers an overview of the making of all six episodes (including My Struggle). Both are thorough and offer some interesting insights through the usual combination of behind the scenes footage and talking heads. One particularly interesting feature of Season X is that it goes through the season in its original running order (i.e. My Struggle, Home Again, Mulder And Scully Meet The Were-Monster, Babylon, Founder’s Mutation, My Struggle II), offering a sense of how the overall story arc would have developed across the season had the running order not been changed.

The other DVD features offer the usual smorgasbord of smaller offerings. The first deleted scene, a conspiracy scene from My Struggle, doesn’t really add much, but the other, an extended version of Mulder’s dance routine from Babylon, is quite fun. There’s a short film (Grace) written and directed by the series’ script co-ordinator Karen Nielsen, a gag reel, a ten-minute featurette written by and featuring Kumail Nanjiani choosing the most memorable monsters of the week from each season of the original run of The X-Files, and a two-minute featurette on environmental measures taken by the production.

It’s lovely to see a decent selection of features on a DVD release, and passionate fans of The X-Files will certainly find something to interest them here in the commentaries and Making Of features. With another new season expected in the future, it is also always handy to have X-Files episodes on DVD if you want to make a serious attempt to follow the mythology – though personally, we suspect we’ll just watch Mulder And Scully Meet The Were-Monster a few more times instead.

The X-FilesThe Event Series came out on DVD & Blu-Ray on the 13th of June.

Read our spoiler-filled episode reviews, Chris Carter interview and more on The X-Files, here.

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X-Files Season 10: Iconic Prop Proves Hard to Kill in Behind-the-Scenes Video

8 June 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“Fans all over the world are screaming at the thought of this happening.”

That’s how X-Files star Mitch Pileggi describes the subject of this behind-the-scenes video from the Fox drama’s 10th season. The carnage in question? The destruction of Mulder’s “I Want to Believe” poster — by the FBI agent’s own foot, no less, during an angry moment in the season premiere.

RelatedThe X-Files Update: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter ‘On Board’ For Season 11, Per Fox CEO

“It’s amazing to me that the poster has become so iconic,” series creator Chris Carter says in the exclusive clip, »

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Frank Spotnitz Thriller Ransom Starring Luke Roberts Ordered at CBS

6 June 2016 8:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

CBS has placed a 13-episode, straight-to-series order for Ransom, a dramatic thriller from X-Files/Man in the High Castle Ep Frank Spotnitz starring Black SailsLuke Roberts.

The pickup comes just weeks after Spotnitz abruptly parted ways with Man in the High Castle in the middle of production on Season 2.

RelatedCBS’ Fall Schedule: NCIS: La on Move, Michael Weatherly’s Bull Paired With NCIS

Ransom follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts), whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human »

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Gillian Anderson Joins American Gods, Reuniting With Hannibal's Bryan Fuller

3 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Gillian Anderson is about to become an object of worship — beyond her usual X-Files fandom.

The Emmy-winning actress will re-team with Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller on his upcoming Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel American Gods, the network announced Friday.

RelatedThe X-Files Update: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter ‘On Board’ For Season 11, Per Fox CEO

Anderson will guest-star in multiple episodes as Media, who’s described as “the mouthpiece for the New Gods, functioning as their public face and sales representative, by taking the form of various iconic celebrities. She lives off the attention and worship »

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