X-Files Revival Robert Patrick

The X-Files: The 4 Alums Chris Carter Couldn't Get Back for the Revival

Fox’s forthcoming X-Files revival boasts an embarrassment of A-Team riches in front of and behind the camera. In addition to returning stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi, the six-hour continuation features episodes written and directed by behind-the-scenes MVPs Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, James Wong, and, of course, series creator Chris Carter.

But Carter says that there were four names on his wish list that didn’t end up participating in the limited series, but it wasn’t for lack of trying on his part.

Among the MIA X-vets: onetime executive producers Frank Spotnitz and Vince Gilligan. (The former had his hands full with Amazon’s Man in the High Castle, while the latter was knee-deep in Season 2 of Breaking Bad spinoff  Better Call Saul.) “I asked Frank — unavailable,” Carter confirms, adding, “I asked Vince, too. But he was unable to come in.”

X-FilesOn the acting side, Carter made overtures to Robert Patrick (Agent Doggett) and James Pickens, Jr. (FBI bigwig Kersh), but their respective full-time gigs on Scorpion and Grey’s Anatomy (presumably) rendered them unavailable as well. (Possible silver lining: Doggett’s partner in crime, Reyes, will be on hand.)

Last May, Gilligan admitted he was “very sad to miss out” on penning a new X-Files episode, noting, “The X-Files was my second favorite job ever, a close second to Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, and I’d love to be a part of it.

“Rest assured,” he added. “I will be watching it as a fan. I can’t wait to see it.”

X-Files returns with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8/7c).

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  1. Lauren says:

    I really hope they give us an update on Agent Doggett!

  2. Could you please confirm whether it is a six episode, six-hour, series or a six episode, eight-hour, series? Some people are saying the first and sixth episodes are two hours long. Thanks.

  3. Drew says:

    If these are good and if the ratings are solid, there could be more episodes. I would love to see Doggett come back at some point.
    I worry about so many dead characters coming back. It would have been nice to balance them out with more living characters.
    Unless Mulder and Scully are dead now too, of course. :)

    • thisismenow says:

      The characters can come back in flashbacks or some other random form. Maybe they are all government clones as part of a new conspiracy.

  4. Luis says:

    I honestly didn’t remember James Pickens from “The X-Files”

  5. Sam says:

    I really really really hope they get this one right. Heroes: Reborn has left a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to remakes. But I’m very optimistic on the X- Files.

    Does anyone know if the ‘Chupacabra’ will be featured?

    • thisismenow says:

      I have not read anything about the Chupacabra being around. They did showcase the creature in El Mundo Gira.

    • tvjunkie says:

      Heroes Reborn isnt a remake and neither is this. They are continuations of the previous series. The original Heroes made lots of mistakes that got progressively worse. Heroes Reborn largely did not learn from those mistakes and is repeating them. The original X-Files did not have such problems.

  6. Aaron says:

    Please, NO CHUPACABRA’s!!!!! However, seeing a certain “liver eatin’ mutant”, as John Doggett so dryly put it, somehow regenerating and back on ” the slither”, might be interesting!!! It should take more than being ground up under an escalator to kill off “Eugene Victor Tooms”!!!!