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According to an article in Chris Carter has convened a writer’s room for season eleven of THE X-FILES. According to the article returning will be Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and our own Skinman, Mitch Pileggi. More below.

Chris Carter Has Assembled His Writers Room For ‘The X-Files’ Season 11

Posted June 27th, 2017 by Jason Motes

‘X-Files’ creator Chris Carter has finalized his writers room for Season 11 of the show, which follows last year’s revival, Season 10. It seems fans are still loyal to the long-running sci-fi hit. And those fans should be happy because the writers room is composed of plenty of series vets.

Former producers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong are back. Each one wrote and directed an episode of Season Ten and Morgan’s “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” which was widely considered the best installment of the revival.

They will be joined by Gabe Rotter, a writer’s assistant from Season Nine, Benjamin Van Allen, a writer’s assistant on Season 10 and Brad Follmer, who served as Carter’s personal assistant during Season 8 and 9. It’s unclear how many of the ten episodes each will handle, but it is believed that Carter will once again tackle the premiere and finale.

Sadly, fan favorites Vince Gilligan and Frank Spotnitz will not be back, as they have moved on to bigger and better things. Gilligan created ‘Breaking Bad’ and will continue to oversee its spinoff ‘Better Call Saul’. Spotnitz created Amazon’s ‘The Man In The High Castle‘ and has now moved on to the Canadian miniseries ‘The Indian Detective’.

On the acting side, David Duchovny will return as Fox Mulder with Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and Mitch Pileggi as Walter Skinner.

Previously, Fox president David Madden said in a statement:

Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”


Posted by: mitch pileggi online

Yep, you heard it. Chris Carter creator/writer/director/showrunner of THE X-FILES expects to return in the spring to shoot the series eleventh season. So that bodes well for us in terms of more Mitch and more Skinner. Article here:

X-Files creator Chris Carter expects series to return to Vancouver

Ian Bailey
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016 2:18PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016 2:22PM EDT

Production of The X-Files, one of the most notable TV series ever shot in British Columbia, will resume in Vancouver next spring, according to series creator Chris Carter.

The series’ return comes after a revival run of six new episodes produced in B.C. last year, which aired in early 2016.

While there has been speculation that The X-Files would continue following its recent rebirth, Carter offered a timetable in an interview with The Globe and Mail this week.

“I imagine we would be up there shooting in the spring of 2017,” said Carter, who will, this week, be in Vancouver to receive an Industry Builder Award from the Vancouver International Film Festival for his efforts to ensure that production on the recent round of episodes was environmentally sustainable.

He said he expects to do “a small expansion” on the number of episodes in this latest continuation of the milestone show.

His comments came after he confirmed that talks are well-advanced with key players in the series, which pitted FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) against paranormal creatures and conspiracies.

“They are constructive negotiations so I can’t imagine [The X-Files] wouldn’t come back,” Carter said.

A spokesperson for Carter later noted that talks are under way with Duchovny and Anderson to reprise their roles in the new episodes.

Carter said that continuing the series presents some creative challenges.

“Coming back last year was a trick and coming back again will be another trick,” he said.

“How many years of life are there left in the show? Do you play this as the end? Do you play this as a continuation? There are lots of creative challenges to tackle.”

But Carter said Vancouver will be central to resolving those challenges, as it has been for the life of the series, which originally aired from September, 1993, to May, 2002.

Carter said he began shooting the series in Los Angeles, but was not satisfied with the forests available there. He thought of Vancouver, a city he had visited in 1986 while his wife was producing a Disney movie in B.C.

“I remembered the amazing forests,” he said. So he brought the production north. While the forests helped, Carter says the Vancouver region had more to offer and has been central to the success of the series.

The city, he said, could double as almost anywhere in North America, which was helpful for a series whose FBI characters could find themselves in any U.S. state.

“I even turned a rock quarry in Vancouver into the southwestern U.S. by painting it with so many gallons of red paint you can’t imagine,” he said.

Carter said he has a lot of affection for Vancouver, noting he owned a loft in Gastown for many years and loves to visit. The California native joked about seeking dual citizenship.

Eventually, after five seasons in B.C., production of the show was shifted to Los Angeles. The two leads wanted to go home to the United States after their years in Canada. Not Carter. “I didn’t want to go,” he said, adding he worried about breaking up the “all-star team” of crew that worked on the series.

However, he said Los Angeles allowed access to new locations that would not have been available in B.C., citing, for example, the use of the Queen Mary, the retired British ocean liner that now serves as a tourist attraction in Long Beach, Calif.

“It benefited the storytelling because it forced us to think on our feet and try to reimagine the show,” he said.

Carter said Vancouver, circa 2016, has become one of the world’s leading production centres, with deep technical expertise and actors.

The Vancouver region is central to an ongoing production boom in B.C. that has seen such high-profile films shot in the province as Deadpool and Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as TV series such as The Flash, Arrow and, of course, The X-Files.

“I always tell actors in Canada that if you think you’ve got to be in L.A., don’t kid yourselves: You have so much opportunity to shine and do good work by just sticking around.”

And he said Vancouver is also good for producers. “You can come and just plug right into a serious, capable working environment that has everything you need to make whatever you’re doing, a television show or a movie.”

He said he thinks B.C. has reached a point where it can flourish as a production centre regardless of changes in the Canadian dollar and the provincial tax breaks that many say have made B.C. appealing to producers.

“Those things help, but, as I always tell people, ‘Don’t just go because there’s a savings. Go for the Canadians.’ The work ethic is extremely high and the level of expertise is high as well. It’s a great place to make entertainment. You sacrifice nothing.”

Still, Carter conceded it was never a given that he would get to come back to Vancouver to shoot the last round of episodes. “There was some talk about not coming back, but when all things were considered, everyone agreed that it was the best place to be.”

Asked if he had any advice for policy makers on sustaining Vancouver’s allure to the largely U.S. production sector, he recalled how the series, in 2015, had to go to the Kamloops area to find a desert-like landscape needed for a sequence depicting a UFO crash.

“If you could plant a desert there, within the zone there, in Vancouver, that’s the one thing that Vancouver lacks,” he quipped.


Posted by: mitch pileggi online

There’s been some information come out about the possibility of a continuation of THE X-FILES. Deadline has an article out detailing what is happening behind the scenes. I’m sure that Mitch will be back as The Skinman due mostly in part with something that creator/showrunner Chris Carter has said before in the past about Skinner being the third leg in the tripod between Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny). The sticking points here are geographical as Gillian lives in England and David is splitting his time between California and New York, and of course Mitch lives in Texas…..

‘The X-Files’ New Season Update: “Significant Talks” Underway – TCA

The six-episode new season of The X Files was one of the best performing Fox series last season, especially on-demand. Ever since the reboot launched, Fox executives have been trying to secure more episodes.

“We would love to do other seasons,” Fox Entertainment president David Madden said at TCA Monday. “There are significant talks with all three principals”, creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. “We are working hard, and would like to get a new season soon.”

Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden admitted that Fox wanted to do more than 6 episodes in the recent revival. “We would have liked to do more in the first place, but there were limitations,” she said. “Gillian lives in the U.K. David in New York and Los Angeles. The show shoots in Vancouver. So it’s about coordinating a time when they can carve time to be in Vancouver.”

Another abbreviated season is what Fox is looking at realistically. “We’re in conversations where we can do more,” Walden said. “I don’t see a full season of episodes, but I’d be happy to get 10 or 8 episodes.”

Madden and Walden were asked whether the network would want to make creative changes for a new season of The X-Files since the recent one was met with mixed reviews. “I actually think the season was strong,” Madden said. “The episodes represent Chris and his team’s vision, and we will take our cue from them.” ‘

Added Walden, “The show was off the air for a very long time. It was introduced to new viewers, and (the writers) had the challenge of filling in the mythology. Going forward, there won’t be the same obligation to reset the series.”


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In the latest issue of TVGuide US, David Duchovny in a Q&A about his returning show Aquarius was asked about the possibility of FOX continuing THE X-FILES, this is what he had to say on it.

You had great ratings success last winter with Fox’s X-Files reboot. Any plans to get back together with creator Chris Carter and costar Gillian Anderson for more?

We are talking about it, and like before, it’s a matter of getting the three principal people in the same room for a significant amount of time to shoot it. Last time, it obviously took nearly 10 years [to get us all together again], so hopefully it won’t take that long. And I think there were too few episodes. Twenty-two is far too many, but six is too few, so we’ve got to figure out something right in between.


Posted by: mitch pileggi online

Here finally is everything I have from THE X-FILES season ten, six episode run. I have episode screencaps, stills, promotional images from the show, and more to come. I was able to collect a full set of season ten stills in terms of all episodes from each show so what I decided to do instead of just uploading the ones with Mitch, I thought I’d give you all of them. There are several sites out there that have some of the stills, but not all in one place. So I hope you don’t mind that. Overall I have to say I enjoyed each episode. While I know the fandom out there is sort of split on the essence of the season, I didn’t mind it one bit. I thought all episodes, with the exception of the severe lack of Skinner and Mitch, were well in line with the show’s original run. Considering the amount of time they didn’t have, I thought they gave as much as they could considering. The finale with the cliffhanger was typical and I’m betting Chris Carter did it deliberately to force FOX into giving the go-ahead for further seasons. So as I said, I’m not too terribly disappointed with the episodes other than the aforementioned lack of Skinner, but I guess three episodes out of six are pretty much pro-forma for the ratio Mitch was in during the show’s original run. My favourite episode of the season: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster. How fun was that episode? I loved how the monster in human form had the proclivity to lie about his sex life, bringing in a total sexualized Scully (Gillian Anderson) to emphasize that point. Then the tribute to Kim Manners in the scene between the Were-Monster (Rhys Darby) and Mulder (David Duchovny) in front of the tombstone. Class act there guys. I’m sure Kim Manners would have been tickled that Mulder was having a major character conflict in front of that. Too funny and cute. Thanks guys. Favourite two lines: “Now this is how I like my Mulder” and “No, you’re bat-crap crazy!” Both delivered with excellence by Gillian Anderson.




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