Remember when Fox announced that it was bringing back hit series The X Files for a limited series run and we were wringing our hands North of the border because we had no idea if any Canadian broadcaster would actually pick it up? Our conspiracy loving hearts can rest assured that as of Tuesday morning it’s official — The X Files is indeed coming to Canada.
CTV announced the pickup in a press release, confirming that new episodes will air on the broadcaster as well as streaming service CraveTV. Happy early Christmas to us. In order to prepare ourselves for this epic revival, we’ve cobbled together everything we know so far.
1. Six episodes and we’re out
Sadly, this won’t be a prolonged series by any means. We’ve got six episodes to pick back up on where Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) left off, watch them reunite and then solve some sort of a creepy file involving a smoking man or an alien or something. This is a guarantee that we will be left wanting more.
2. It’s been 13 years
Thankfully the two leads were even available to reprise their roles, given how busy they’ve both been (Duchovny has had Californication and Aquarius to star in, while Anderson has helmed The Fall and Hannibal). But now that 13 years have passed, how does show creator Chris Carter expect to pick that momentum back up ?
“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” he says. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”
3. There will be some cool guest stars
So far the likes of Joel McHale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose and Annabeth Gish are on board to guest star over these six episodes. But that’s not all — Mitch Pileggi is also back as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner, while William B. Davis will once again play (you guessed it!) Cigarette Smoking Man. Whee!
4. People are already losing their minds over this
A few lucky souls were privileged enough to watch the premiere episode when it bowed during MIPCOM, an annual showcase where broadcasters unroll their fare in hopes of international sales. Apparently they weren’t disappointed — the audience reportedly burst out into applause during various moments in the pilot. The entire thing happened again, to an even larger extent, at New York Comic Con, meaning anyone who was a fan of the original clearly won’t be disappointed.
5. The first episode is all about aliens
That’s right, we’re just getting right into the heart of the thing in the first episode back, when Mulder and Scully team up once again to look into the case of a possible alien abductee. Sadly, that’s about as much as we know in terms of plot points, since this show has been kept so incredibly under wraps.
That’s all right though. If you ask us, it only makes the entire thing that much more exciting.
The X-Files returns Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV. If you want to catch up in the meantime, however, be sure to check out the two-day essential X-Files moments marathon on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Space.