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I am a happy camper this evening. Just found this.

Pileggi, Davis, Patrick, Gish return for X-Files

Mitch Pileggi and William B.Davis will be back as Skinner and The Cigarette Smoking Man, respectively, in Fox’s “X-Files” sequel series.

Star David Duchovny revealed the new inclusions on David Letterman’s show this week, reiterating that many of the originals from the original show – aside from himself and Gillian Anderson – will reprise their roles for the new six-episode series.

Also expected to reprise their roles from the original run, Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish, who TV Line says have been signed to return as Doggett and Reyes.

“The X-Files” begins filming this Summer in Vancouver.

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Well, it’s been confirmed by David Duchovny that Mitch will indeed be returning to the limited series run of the rebooted THE X-FILES. I for one could not be happier. It’ll be nice to see where The Skinman falls in the return and what Mitch will look like. He’d better be Director of the FBI. Just kidding. In any case I’m just just glad we have confirmation. Now my next happy dance will be done when I find out both Robert Patrick and Annabeth Gish will be back. And what happened to William….

David Duchovny reveals Walter Skinner, the Smoking Man will return for ‘X-Files’ reboot

As excitement surrounding “The X-Files” return to TV continues to escalate, the show’s star, David Duchovny, revealed some of the other original cast members making a comeback.

“Gillian and I, we’re original,” he told David Letterman Tuesday about the obvious inclusion of him and co-star Gillian Anderson, who played FBI Special Agent Dana Scully throughout the nine seasons of the TV series and in both feature films.

Duchovny, who will reprise his role as Agent Fox Mulder, said, “Mitch Pileggi will come back, and the cigarette-smoking man — if that means anything to anyone — will be coming back.”

For fans, the Smoking Man’s return means a whole lot. The villainous character played by William B. Davis is Agent Mulder’s arch-nemesis, who has multiple aliases, including Cancer Man, CSM or C-Man in addition to the two previously mentioned.

His real name, C.G.B. Spender, was revealed in 1999 during season six, after being exposed to an alien artifact on the hit Fox sci-fi series. But fans continued calling him the Smoking Man since he was always shown chain-smoking Morley’s, a fictional brand of cigarettes.

It may come as a bit of a surprise to fans that Smoking Man’s coming back since he appeared to be killed by a helicopter rocket in the 2002 series finale.

“No one really dies on ‘X-Files,'” the show’s creator Chris Carter previously said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pileggi will return to play his role as FBI Assistant Director Walter Sergei Skinner for the show’s 6-episode event set to begin filming in Vancouver this summer for a 2016 release.

“It’s a strange phenomenon that people still want to see those characters,” Duchovny told Letterman. “But I’m grateful.”

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Well, he’s back! Our favourite bald G-Man will be back in the new THE X-FILES reboot. Mitch and Vanity Fair have confirmed that AD Walter Freaking Skinner will be back, and I for one am pleased. The article is from Vanity Fair. Also back will be David Duchovney (Fox Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully) and series creator, Chris Carter. No word on Robert Patrick (John Doggett) or Annabeth Gish (Monica Reyes), though I’m truly hoping they will be. Loved Mitch’s response.

Ha ha. Very funny Mitch!

The X-Files Reboot Is Officially Happening!

by Joanna Robinson

After years of fanboy wishes, months of rumors, and weeks of negotiations, it’s finally official: The X-Files is getting a reboot and it’s just the kind you want.

There’s always a concern when a popular older property gets rebooted that our nostalgia-colored glasses won’t be enough to sustain a new incarnation. In other words, for every ratings blockbuster like J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek, there are less successful efforts like Arrested Development Season 4. But Fox is wisely bringing back their seminal sci-fi series for a very limited run, six episodes only, and the whole gang, including Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi (!!!), and creator Chris Carter are back. If those six episodes do well, who knows? We might see little self-contained Mulder and Scully reunions every few years.

The limited-series aspect is likely not only a creative decision, but a practical one. One of the major sticking points in the reboot negotiations were the busy schedules of the show’s major players. (Particularly Anderson who already has major roles in two currently running series: BBC’s The Fall and NBC’s Hannibal.) Duchovny also joked, “We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.”

Speaking about the lengthy hiatus between the end of Season 9 and this reboot, Carter told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

The show has had an undeniable cultural impact, having launched the career of Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan and influenced prolific show-runners like Joss Whedon and Russell T. Davies, so its return will be greeted eagerly by its loyal fan base. But will the reboot address any of the lingering mythology questions left unanswered by the original series? And, given Carter’s evident commitment to the show’s strangeness, is it too much to hope that he’ll bring back fan-favorite writer Darin Morgan to help lean into the weird? The truth is out there, now it’s just a matter of waiting patiently.

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I’ve added two sets of magazine scans to the gallery. Both articles are from Starlog magazine and come from 1996 and 1998 when Mitch was playing AD Walter Skinner on THE X-FILES. In both articles he talks about Skinner and his relationship to Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson). The 1998 article focuses in on the film THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE and Skinner’s evolution in terms of his help to Mulder and Scully. Mitch also talks lovingly about series creator Chris Carter and about his having no desire whatsoever to write or direct. That’s our Mitch. He also talks about Arlene and Sawyer and being a father for the first time. I’m in the process of getting both articles typed up and put in the press section. Until that time the HQ scans are there for you to click on to bring up and you can read them yourselves. Enjoy.

  • [003] MAGAZINE SCANS: STARLOG APRIL 1996 – X-BOSS
  • [006] MAGAZINE SCANS: STARLOG SEPTEMBER 1998 – THE SKINNER THING

 
   

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According to David Duchovny, there is a new X-FILES film being put together. Duchovny told the French site TV MAG that one is in the preparation stages by Chris Carter and company. There is a script being worked on. Here is what Duchovny had to say:

“It is in the process of being written. One awaits just the green light from Fox, who are a little disappointed from the relatively poor reception of the second film. (The film grossed $20.8 million.) The error comes, in my opinion, from the authors straying too far from the roots of the series. Moreover, the film was released in the summer. The third will be much closer to what the public expects, with government conspiracies, etc.”

My hope is that Mitch’s role will be more than a mere walk on at the end like he had in I Want to Believe or just as a sounding board as he had in Fight the Future. My other hope is that if there is another film, it includes Robert Patrick (Agent John Doggett) and Annabeth Gish (Agent Monica Reyes). They as much as Mitch deserve to be in the next film because like it or not, they were part of the show after Duchovny left. And I liked them. Period!