X-Files Revival: Cigarette-Smoking Man, Walter Skinner Set to Return

When David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return to The X-Files as part of Fox’s six-episode revival, they won’t be coming alone.

During an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday, Duchovny was asked which original characters we can look forward to seeing again, at which point the beans were spilled:

“There’s Gillian and I, we’re original. Mitch Pileggi will come back, and the cigarette-smoking man — if that means anything to anyone — will be coming back.”

William B. Davis’ “cigarette-smoking man,” as you may recall, was Mulder’s arch nemesis, revealed in the show’s sixth season to be named C.G.B. Spender. Pileggi, meanwhile, played FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, who was included in TVLine’s gallery of 16 things we need to see in The X-Files reboot.

UPDATE: Pileggi, at least, is confirmed for the revival, per an April 20 tweet:

Hit PLAY on Duchovny’s interview, then drop a comment: What do you hope to see when The X-Files makes its long-awaited return to Fox?

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33 Comments
  1. Tahina says:

    This is getting better, can’t be any happier, but please, don’t forget The Long Gunmen! Byers, Frohike and Langly were also very special part of The X-Files.

    • Bob Backus says:

      Sorry, but they are dead if you remember. They came back to the show after their spinoff was cancelled, and they were killed.

      • David4 says:

        And so is “cigarette-smoking man” so what’s your point?

      • AnnieM says:

        Last year’s Season Ten comic retconned that. They faked their deaths. Supposedly this comic is canon, so I’m hoping for a Lone Gunmen return to TV.

        • Mandie says:

          I don’t know much about the comics but really, when you think about it, if anybody can cheat death on this show it’d be CSM and quite possibly the Lone Gunmen [and I’m hoping it’s the case for my beloved Krycek…yes he was shot in the head. Point blank. Right between the eyes, but I can dream].

    • dman6015 says:

      Season 10 comic rewrote a lot (CSM and LONE Gunmen were alive) and is considered canon.

  2. Jerry says:

    Didn’t CSM get shot by missiles from a helicopter while wheelchair bound in a hideout in the desert? Pretty sure we saw his body surrounded by flames as well. I mean, I love the character, but I’m afraid of how they will bring him back.

  3. E-Cigarette Smoking Man.

  4. dman6015 says:

    “No one ever really dies on X-Files” ~ Chris Carter

  5. Lizo says:

    Yes yes yes!!!! I was confident that Skinner would be back, but I wasn’t sure about CSM – yay!!!!! Oh my fangirl heart

  6. Dizzle says:

    But what of Doggett!! If they’re bringing back Skinner then Robert Patrick needs to come back too, keep the bromance alive!

  7. KC says:

    Skinner!!

  8. Steven says:

    I hope they get Doggett and The Lone Gunmen back for a few episodes!

  9. Drew says:

    Yay for Skinner, but not happy about CSM. The character was run into the ground in the series and finally died. The last thing we need is for them to revive all of the sloppy plotlines that they blew in the series. They should just focus on what actually worked

    • Lizo says:

      Ya it got sloppy at times and they dropped more plots than we could count…..but The CSM is an integral character to the XFiles mythos. He was the embodiment of all the conspiracy elements and whenever he was on screen, he just conveyed the *mood* of the show.

  10. Big X-Files Fan says:

    YES!!!!!!

  11. Big X-Files Fan says:

    it’s too bad they killed off the Lone Gunman. Having them appear would make this even sweeter than it is. Guess you can’t have everything. I will be happy with what they give us, just to see Skinner, Scully, and Fox back.

  12. Luis says:

    Got my Skinner, got my Smokey, let’s get to it!

  13. Preacher Book says:

    Wait?! How can Cancer Man (he will never be any other name to me!) be coming back? Wasn’t he blown up by a crashing helicopter? missile? I remember him being blown up. In a wheelchair.

  14. loki says:

    KYRICEK,
    MARITA COVORRUBIAS,

  15. Nicole says:

    We saw the cigarette smoking man literally explode and disintegrate…. how do you come back from that?

  16. DrRocker says:

    CC reports there is a “good chance’ the LG will return…bring the truth Frohike!

  17. rockerrick says:

    The Lone Gunmen will likely return, according to CC!

  18. Isaac says:

    How is cgb spender still alive? He was very clearly fried in the last episode of season 9 In the Aztec ruins