X-Files Episode 7

X-Files Revival: An Extra Hour Is Out There — Scoop on Ill-Fated Episode 7

X-Files fans would’ve been in seventh heaven.

Fox’s upcoming six-episode revival was thisclose to adding a seventh hour, series creator Chris Carter confirms to TVLine.

“It was almost about to happen,” he says. “We were planning for it. The script was written. I even called people to find out if they were available to direct, and it just didn’t happen.”

Carter cites scheduling conflicts as the cause of death for Episode 7, a standalone installment penned by a pair of X-Files neophytes. “I created an opportunity for two writers that I am close with to write a spec script,” says Carter, who says the episode could still see the light of day if Fox orders another limited-run down the line. “If there are more X-Files to be made, certainly it will be one of those.”

In addition to leads Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, cast members Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis will be on hand for the event series. Additionally, Fox has confirmed that Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood — aka the Lone Gunmen — will be back for an episode. New faces to the X universe include guests stars Joel McHale, Annet Mahendru, Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose. 

Fox’s X-Files continuation debuts 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. Doesn’t sound like too big of a loss since it was stand alone.

    • Dennis says:

      You are kidding right!? The X-Files had great stand-alone aka monsters-of-the-week episodes.

      • And it had many awful ones too. At this point I’m far more interested in the mythology, and would have really appreciated a more balanced episode count, with three monsters of the week episodes and three mythology episodes, as opposed to the four and two we’re getting. Five and two would have added insult to injury, as it were.

        • Pat says:

          Actually it is 4 and 4. The first episode and the last one are 2 hours each, at least that is what was reported yesterday, if I’m not mistaken.

        • Bartimeus says:

          There’s maybe five standalone eps that I’d consider bad, at least that many mythology eps that are equally as bad, and just boring. The mythology itself is interesting but those eps are simply not as great as people claim. Most of them are just an excuse to have some action and do little to nothing to truly move the mythology along.

          If the show comes back after this they need to resolve this colonization mythology and do something completely different IMO.

        • rockerrick says:

          Little Hater! Go away and antagonize the Supernatural folks.

    • rockerrick says:

      Another attention seeker. Mommie didn’t breast feed? And now you are the Smoking Man!

  2. RedReddington says:

    Still think it’s super lame that we only get 6 episodes, especially if the ratings suffer and we don’t get more down the line. 13 would have been a good number.

    • XFILES9302 says:

      They only had room in David and Gillian’s busy schedules to do 6 episodes. I’ll take 6 episodes rather than none at all. And i don’t think the rating will suffer. This new season has the biggest buzz and anticipation from fans than there golden days. We’ll see a S11 in 2017.

      • Leah says:

        Now that Hannibal is canceled and the fall ending. Gillian has the time now, and if it works for them both. I can see there being at least 10 episodes, that leaves a little more wiggle room for story.

        Still with 10 episodes, I hope they dont do 8 stand-alones and 2 myths. At least 6 stand-alones and 4 myths.

        Make the myths the first and last, then a 2-part myth episode in the middle of the season.

  3. Blackwood says:

    Spec script as a favour to friends? Probably for the best that one stays in the vault.

    • SwiftC says:

      A spec script doesn’t mean a script meant for production. The favor was reading it. If he didn’t like it he wouldn’t want to have it made. There’s a lot of good writers out there struggling to get work. It often takes someone in the industry doing you a favor or giving you a chance to show your worth.

      Source: Good writer struggling to get work.

      • Blackwood says:

        It sounds more like a freelance assignment given out as a favor – I don’t really buy that they’d be able to slot in a script written purely on spec, given all the changes that have happened off-screen in the last 7 years and the need to fit it all in to a tight limited run. There must be thousands of writers who’d kill for a freelance gig on The X-Files, and who knows it might’ve turned out fantastic, but personally I’d rather reserve these revival episodes for some of the original team if any became available rather than a neophyte lucky enough to call in a favor.
        Source: a working writer.

        • Mike M says:

          Yeah a spec script squeezed in by Vince Gilligan because he was too busy to contribute during production of the actual 6 would have been utter crap…

  4. Bob Backus says:

    Really stupid idea to not got with it, after all, what the heck are they going to fill the time with, more failing Grinder episodes? Looks like Lowe will be free to join the midseason replacement show he’s signed on to.

  5. Bartimeus says:

    Hoping this show does mega numbers for FOX so they will throw whatever money at the cast and crew is needed to ensure we get an 11th season.

  6. eric says:

    out of the 6 episodes, 4 are stand alones. the first and final episodes are mythology based.

  7. James says:

    I assume it’s cheaper and more commercially viable to make a TV mini series than another X File movie, with the passage of time only the devoted nostalgia freaks may get a kick out of this latest Chris Carter screen revival.

  8. jodybaxter says:

    y no video X FILES