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The X-Files is 20: six ways that Scully and Mulder changed TV

The cult science-fiction series made a massive impact when it was on our screens, but its influence just keeps growing

The X-Files beamed down to the UK 20 years ago yesterday, first screening on Sky1 on 26 January in 1994 (and coming to BBC2 nine months later). An FBI procedural about alien abduction, fringe science, paranormal activity and submerged conspiracies, it took traditionally wackadoodle subject matter and transmuted it into TV gold. Cinematic, atmospheric and compelling, The X-Files barely had time to establish itself as a cult hit before becoming a global phenomenon – and even though the series ended in 2002, its influence can still be felt today. Here are six things it gave television.

Gillian Anderson's blooming career

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The X-Files could claim to be the making of Gillian Anderson, but she probably would have made it anyway. Show creator Chris Carter clearly recognised her potential,
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Review: Ridley Scott's 'Counselor' makes slick but miserable use of Fassbender

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Review: Ridley Scott's 'Counselor' makes slick but miserable use of Fassbender
There are many writers, great writers, who excel in one form but not in another. Vince Gilligan will not be remembered ultimately as the writer of "Wilder Napalm" and "Home Fries," but rather as the brain behind "Breaking Bad." David Chase probably doesn't have to worry about "Not Fade Away" eclipsing "The Sopranos" as his crowning accomplishment. Those guys have television in their DNA. They understand how to use that form, that storytelling rhythm, to maximum effect, and with their voices turned to something as fundamentally different in style as a 100-minute movie, they seem constricted. Cormac McCarthy is a hell...
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Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan: 'How long can anyone stay at the top?'

Why viewers still identify with Walter White, his plans for a Saul Goodman spin-off – and why it's time to end the hit series now

It was described by one television executive as the worst idea for a show he had ever heard. Now Breaking Bad, the everyday story of a middle-aged chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and becomes a gun-toting drugs kingpin, will soon end with the most eagerly-awaited finale on the small screen since The Sopranos.

The second half of the concluding fifth series began on American cable channel AMC last week, with UK viewers able to watch it 24 hours later on streaming video service, Netflix.

It is a consequence of the drama's difficult subject matter, perhaps, that beyond an early glimpse on Channel 5's digital channel 5 USA, the Emmy award-winning Breaking Bad joined that band of lauded American shows, from Seinfeld to The Wire, buried by British broadcasters.
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'Breaking Bad' Creator On What He Learned From 'The X-Files'

'Breaking Bad' Creator On What He Learned From 'The X-Files'
On Sept. 10, 1993, a show called "The X-Files" premiered on Fox, and just over 20 years later "Breaking Bad" will air its series finale on AMC. Those events have a lot more in common than you might think.

Vince Gilligan, the creator of "Breaking Bad," got his start in television by writing for "The X-Files." He was toiling away as a film writer and living in Virginia when a meeting with "X-Files" creator Chris Carter changed his life.

"I learned everything I pretty much know about TV from 'The X-Files' and from working for Chris, and from working with ['X-Files writer/producers] Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban," Gilligan said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post. "It was a great learning experience, and one that I always liken to film school, except it was a film school that paid me to attend."

As part of our commemoration of the 20th anniversary of "The X-Files,
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Vince Gilligan of ‘Breaking Bad’ Looks Back

Vince Gilligan of ‘Breaking Bad’ Looks Back
Some writers are haunted by their shadows. Vince Gilligan sees a dance partner.

There’s a night spent in the Sofitel Hotel on Beverly Boulevard, circa 1995. Gilligan notices the light from the TV set project his shadow on the wall, and thinks, “Wouldn’t it be creepy if that came to life?”

A hint of darkness, a hint of wonder. These are the building blocks for the creator of Breaking Bad, whose lighthearted, conversational demeanor stands in unmistakable contrast to the brooding AMC drama.

“For people who have known me for many years, and for people who just meet me in passing, there seems to be this running theme of people being surprised how dark the show is vs. how light I seem to be — more or less normal,” says Gilligan. “The simple fact is that I’m not as normal as I seem.”

The shadow appears at a fortuitous moment for Gilligan.
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Dennis Quaid Says Cocaine Use Is 'Greatest Mistake'

Dennis Quaid says his "greatest mistake" was becoming addicted to cocaine.

The 57-year-old actor first started experimenting with the drug when he moved to Hollywood to try and make it as an actor in the early 1970s and, after becoming dependent on it, continued to use cocaine until the late '80s.

Now, decades later, he realizes his behavior was stupid and attributes his substance abuse with the massive changes that were happening in his life.

In an essay he wrote for Newsweek magazine, he revealed, "My greatest mistake was being addicted to cocaine. I started after I left college and came to Los Angeles in 1974. It was very casual at first. That's what people were doing when they were at parties . Coming from where I came from, from Houston into Hollywood, and all of a sudden this success starts happening to you, I just didn't know how to handle that.
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Dennis Quaid writes about cocaine addiction in 'Newsweek': 'I was doing my best imitation of an a-hole there for a little while'

Dennis Quaid writes about cocaine addiction in 'Newsweek': 'I was doing my best imitation of an a-hole there for a little while'
Perhaps it’s because I was a youth in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and therefore naive to the possibility that Hollywood life was anything less than glamorous. Or perhaps it’s because, back then, we dismissed most tabloid material as if it were as credible as the Weekly World News’ Bat Boy. But, for whatever reason, I can’t help but be shocked reading Dennis Quaid’s essay about his 1980s cocaine addiction in Newsweek.

Now don’t get me wrong: As an adult, I now know all the seedy details of the entertainment industry. And I was
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Without Limits

Debra Winger's life has enough stories to fill a dozen movies. Want to hear about overcoming adversity? When Winger was 17, a car accident put her in a coma for weeks and left her partially paralyzed and blind for 10 months, during which time she vowed that if she recovered, she would become an actor. How about a great discovery story? As a struggling unknown actor, she crashed an audition and won the coveted role of the brash, sensual Sissy, opposite John Travolta, in Urban Cowboy, which made her an instant star. A hint of scandal? It's no secret Winger has had tense relationships on set, such as with her An Officer and a Gentleman director, Taylor Hackford, and her Terms of Endearment co-star Shirley MacLaine. And how about a tale with a surprise twist? After turning 40, with three Oscar nominations to her name, firmly ensconced as a sought-after actor, Winger
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