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Is a Solo Scully The X-Files' Salvation?

Is a Solo Scully The X-Files' Salvation?
No, I haven’t experienced missing time or slid sideways into a parallel universe: I’m aware that X-Files star Gillian Anderson has announced her plans to leave the sci-fi series at the end of the current season.

I’m also aware that series creator Chris Carter has floated the idea of continuing the iconic Fox drama without Anderson’s Scully, like how the series handled David Duchovny’s absence in Seasons 8 and 9 of the original run.

“I always thought of David the way I thought about the child William, as an absent center. Even when he wasn’t there,
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David Duchovny is Using ‘The X-Files’ to Talk About His Music and Books, So Stop Scoffing and Hear Him Out

David Duchovny is Using ‘The X-Files’ to Talk About His Music and Books, So Stop Scoffing and Hear Him Out
Odds are you clicked on this article because you like “The X-Files,” David Duchovny, or both. Even if you discovered Mr. Duchovny long after his breakout Fox drama — say, in “Californication” or “Aquarius” — the actor is inextricably linked to his revived TV series and his character on it, Fox Mulder.

And that’s Ok. You know it, I know it, and Duchovny knows it; just like he knows a lot of people will come to his concerts because “they want to see this actor that they know.”

“Once they get there, they’re not going to like [my music] just because they like me,” Duchovny said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “Music is unprejudiced. Your ears don’t see color. Your ears don’t see sex, they don’t see anything. They just hear. [laughs] I feel pretty good, like a certain amount of people are going to like what they hear,
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‘The Detour’: Natalie Zea Got Advice from David Duchovny on Making Her Directorial Debut (Inside a Fat Suit)

‘The Detour’: Natalie Zea Got Advice from David Duchovny on Making Her Directorial Debut (Inside a Fat Suit)
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “The Detour” Season 3 Episode 4, “The Goal.”]

The first scene that Natalie Zea ever directed for TV was the restaurant karaoke sequence from Tuesday night’s episode of “The Detour.” If two Broadway vets (Laura Benanti and Gideon Glick) singing “Almost Paradise” to Jason Jones’ Nate sounds like a tame scene description, know that it would still probably be one of the wildest scenes on most other TV comedies. For Zea, it was far from a simple first assignment (and not just because of the 360-degree camera move at the end when Nate and Zea’s character Robin reunite).

“That was my first scene that I directed. I was awful,” Zea told IndieWire with a laugh. “You have a lot to prove. It was feelings that I haven’t felt in a while. I’ve been acting for 20 years and when I walk onto a set, even when it’s a new show,
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The Best Will-They-Won’t-They TV Couples Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best will-they-won’t-they couple ever on TV? (Current and past shows are fair game.)

Eric Deggans (@deggans), NPR

This is tough. The will they or won’t they trope is so pervasive in television, picking a “best” is like looking for the shiniest grain of sand on a beach. The classic duos are obvious: Sam and Diane, David and Maddie, Carrie and Mr. Big, Ross and Rachel, Kermit and Miss Piggy. They’re the backbones of some of the best shows on television, but they’re also tremendously obvious and discussed to death. So my picks are going to be extremely personal and super specific.
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Natalie Zea on Directing ‘The Detour,’ David Duchovny’s Advice and Female Filmmaker Friday

Natalie Zea on Directing ‘The Detour,’ David Duchovny’s Advice and Female Filmmaker Friday
Natalie Zea has been a working actress for almost two and half decades, starring on such dramas as “Passions,” “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Justified,” as well as comedies including “White Famous” and “The Detour.” But for the first time, she has sat down in the director’s chair to helm an episode of television.

“Actresses, if they’re smart, are hyper-aware of their having an expiration date, and I want to stay in the business,” Zea tells Variety. “And the only real way to guarantee-ish that is to get behind the camera. We’re not all Helen Mirren.”

It had been in her “back of mind” for a few years to think about directing, so when she booked the role of Robin Parker in “The Detour” three years ago, she saw an opportunity to make it a reality. “I didn’t ask for anything in the first two seasons,” she says, planning to ask
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The X-Files: Season 11 Ratings

In 2016, after more than a decade off the air, The X-Files TV show returned to Fox as a limited event series. Although the ratings landscape had changed drastically during this show's off years, and the new installment only had six episodes, it topped all the other Fox TV series in the Nielsens. Can the 10 episodes of the 11th season meet or beat those figures? If Chris Carter and the cast are interested in making more episodes, will The X-Files be cancelled or renewed for season 12? Stay tuned. Season 11 of The X-Files on Fox picks up immediately after the events of the season 10 finale cliffhanger. The sci-fi mystery thriller stars David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully. Mulder and Scully investigate unexplained or “X-Files” cases -- which have answers involving paranormal
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The X-Files: Chris Carter Open for More "With or Without Gillian Anderson"

Will there be an X-Files without Gillian Anderson? Recently, creator Chris Carter spoke with Digital Spy about the future of the Fox TV show.As reported earlier, the sci-fi drama's 11th season will be the last for Anderson. The cast also includes David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Ambrose, Robbie Amell, Veronica Cartwright, Chris Owens, and Dean Haglund.Read More…
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The X-Files: Chris Carter considering continuing without Gillian Anderson

John Saavedra Feb 8, 2018

Although he previously said he wouldn't do more X-Files without Gillian Anderson, showrunner Chris Carter is now considering it...

Gillian Anderson has been very vocal about her exit from The X-Files after season 11. After two decades of playing FBI Agent Dana Scully, Anderson is ready to move on to other things. The show's creator, Chris Carter, might also be ready to move on without her.

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Although Carter previously said that he wasn't interested in making more X-Files  without the duo that started it all - Scully and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) - he's now backtracked a bit. In fact, Carter is already considering ways to continue the story without Scully. 

"I think that certainly The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell,
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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 reviews: TV critics praise Fox’s revival and Gillian Anderson’s ‘truly dynamite performance’

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 reviews: TV critics praise Fox’s revival and Gillian Anderson’s ‘truly dynamite performance’
TV critics are so head over heels with Season 11 of “The X-Files” that it was just certified fresh at review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. That means the season has a score of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews, including five from their Top Critics. In fact, Season 11 has an average rating of 82% so far, eclipsing the 64% score for 2016’s uneven Season 10 revival. Among the many accolades, Gillian Anderson is being heralded for her “truly dynamite performance” as FBI Agent Dana Scully. Do you agree with critics that “The X-Files” is better than ever?

Anderson got to show her acting chops in last week’s fifth episode, titled “Ghouli,” as Scully cried over the dead body of a young man that she believed to be her son, William. Fans also saw a softer side of Anderson’s longtime partner in crime David Duchovny (FBI Agent Fox Mulder) in the
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X-Files Boss Chris Carter Changes Scully Stance, Says Series Could Continue 'With Gillian or Without'

X-Files Boss Chris Carter Changes Scully Stance, Says Series Could Continue 'With Gillian or Without'
In what appears to be a reversal of comments he made at the beginning of January, The X-Files creator Chris Carter now says that his sci-fi series may live on even if female lead Gillian Anderson follows through with announced plans to leave the show.

“I think that certainly The X-Files has more life in it, there are more stories to tell, with Gillian or without,” Carter recently told DigitalSpy.com, adding that nothing was certain yet and that he’d be “sorry to see her go.”

If you’re confused, don’t worry: You haven’t slipped into one
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The X-Files review – juddering Mulder and Scully reboot jumps the shark

Once we were charmed by this gloriously imaginative fiction, but with this latest iteration Chris Carter has only managed to weave a tapestry of unparalleled nonsense

We have all aged considerably – most of it in the past two years – since The X-Files (Channel 5) first landed on our screens in 1993. In the early 90s, no matter what the actual year of our births were, we were young. Our corner of the world, though of course it had its moments, was essentially sorted. Centred enough, stable enough. We were pre-internet, pre-9/11 and geopolitically naive, optimistic and content. We had plenty of slack in our emotional and psychological systems with which to enjoy a teasing game of “What if …?” once a week, safe in the knowledge that Mulder and Scully’s world of conspiracies, wheels within wheels, shifting sands and government corruption so deep there was no telling where it all ended was a gloriously imaginative fiction,
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 5 Recap: It's A Whole Life

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X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.“It’s a whole life,” says FBI Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as she studies the belongings of recently deceased teenager Jackson Van De Kamp (Miles Robbins), apparently felled by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after murdering his parents. Not his real parents, mind you. It’s eventually proven via DNA test that Jackson was adopted and that he is actually Scully’s child—ostensibly with her professional and occasional romantic partner Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), though more likely the result of a eugenics experiment conducted on her by Mulder’s heinous biological father the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). But does biology always trump spirit? Is Jackson, birth name William, any less Scully and Mulder’s son despite some genetic differences (the full extent of which have yet
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‘The X-Files’ Review: Confusing But Compelling ‘Ghouli’ Looks Like a Casefile, But Ends Up Being More

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‘The X-Files’ Review: Confusing But Compelling ‘Ghouli’ Looks Like a Casefile, But Ends Up Being More
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The X-Files,” Season 11, Episode 5, “Ghouli.”]

Previously, on “The X-Files”…

Mulder and Scully work for the FBI investigating weird stuff. About 17 years ago, Scully gave birth to a baby who was conceived under mysterious circumstances, but gave him up for adoption because the conspiracies she and Mulder investigate put him at risk. Oh, and the Season 10 finale didn’t technically happen… yet, anyway. But Scully’s been having visions of that future, as well as visions of now-grown William.

This Week’s Dossier

Two seemingly unrelated teenage girls encounter each other on an abandoned shipping boat, and because each sees the other as a monster called Ghouli, they freak out and start stabbing each other nearly to death. That’s pretty weird! But Mulder and Scully are only on the case because Scully has a “vision” that includes a glimpse of the boat in a snowglobe. Investigating, the agents discover that
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 4 Recap: That’s a Mirror

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X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.Some late-night chatter overheard at a diner: “The world’s gone mad…” says Martin (Dan Zukovic), a man of wild stare and clammy brow. “…because Martians have invaded, but nobody seems to care!” The eatery’s owner, Buddy (Alex Diakun), tries to calm the guy down with a bit of coffee and straight talk, but Martin—convinced that these extraterrestrial invaders are using some kind of mind-erasing laser gun—isn’t having it. His paranoia is soon proven true, since Martin turns out to be one of the bulbous-headed, multi-appendage aliens and Buddy is actually Satan himself. (What a twist!) But just before the big reveal, a fearful Martin points down the counter, right at the camera—at us, the audience, watching. “There! I just saw one!” he says, “Outside through that window!
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‘The X-Files’ 11 episode 4 video recap: Did ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’ live up to expectations? [Watch]

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‘The X-Files’ 11 episode 4 video recap: Did ‘The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat’ live up to expectations? [Watch]
The 11th season of “The X-Files” continued Wednesday night on Fox with acclaimed Emmy-winning writer Darin Morgan‘s latest episode, titled “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat.” In the hour, Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) explored the Mandela Effect, where the memories of large groups of people inexplicably differed on certain details, like as if they were remembering an alternative history without even realizing it. They encountered hilariously sweaty Reggie (Brian Huskey) in their investigation, and in doing so, Mulder and Scully found out how the X-Files might really have originated.

What did we think of the episode overall? In our new video recap (watch above), senior editors Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria and Daniel Montgomery dish the highs and lows of Season 11, Episode 4, written and directed by Darin Morgan.

See ‘The X-Files’: Darin Morgan episodes through the years include ‘Clyde Bruckman,’ ‘Jose
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The X-Files season 11 episode 4 review: The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat

Chris Longo Jan 25, 2018

In a comedy episode of The X-Files season 11, memory is under attack. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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11.4 The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat

For a show that spent ample time attempting to uncover the truth, the past often took a backseat to fighting the future in The X-Files. You know the drill. Evidence goes missing. Unsubstantiated reports are filed. Multiple accounts of the same event are unreliable at best. At worst? Someone or something could be running interference with a witness’s memory. If the series dwelled on unsolved phenomena instead of moving along to bigger, more important subject matter, Mulder and Scully would still be in the woods hunting for the Jersey Devil.

By definition, the truth has to be out there,
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‘The X-Files’: Darin Morgan episodes through the years include ‘Clyde Bruckman,’ ‘Jose Chung’ and …

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‘The X-Files’: Darin Morgan episodes through the years include ‘Clyde Bruckman,’ ‘Jose Chung’ and …
You bet your blankety-blank bleep that Wednesday’s all-new episode of “The X-Files” was written and directed by fan-favorite Darin Morgan. In honor of the occasion, it’s the perfect time to look back at all of the auteur’s episodes through the years. Morgan’s quirky style is one of a kind on the show, and he was even rewarded with an Emmy in 1996 for writing the Season 3 classic “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Despite his renowned reputation among fans, Morgan has only written six episodes of “The X-Files,” just a drop in the bucket when you consider there’s been more than 200 (and counting). Click through our photo gallery above to see all of Morgan’s “The X-Files” episodes, or read the descriptions below.

Humbug” — Season 2, Episode 20 — March 31, 1995

Set in the world of a traveling carnival, “Humbug” was Morgan’s first solo script after previously receiving a “story
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The X-Files Takes on Fake News With One Its Funniest & Most Bizarre Episodes Yet

The X-Files Takes on Fake News With One Its Funniest & Most Bizarre Episodes Yet
The X-Files is going absurdly funny, again, and taking on "fake news." In "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat," an episode written and directed by Darin Morgan, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) explore The Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect is when large groups of people remember an alternate history. In The X-Files' case, this involves guest star Brian Huskey (as Reggie Something) and the duo exploring the history of their investigations. It's a wonderfully bizarre tale from the man who brought you last season's "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" and classic episodes such as "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" and "Jose Chung's 'From...
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Workplace Romances on TV: Why #MeToo Doesn’t Change Things for Shows Like ‘The X-Files’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

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In the eleventh season of Fox’s “The X-Files,” fans of the unique bond between FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were privy to a unique moment in the show’s history — a scene in the episode “Plus One” that contained too much evidence to dispute that at least in this one instance, the erstwhile partners enjoyed a physical interlude beyond their previously established platonic state.

After over 200 episodes, two movies, and giving birth to a child who they certainly think is theirs biologically (yeah yeah, hush up about the Season 11 premiere, at least for the moment) the question of whether or not Mulder and Scully have ever (to use a phrase only someone crass and tasteless would use) “gone to Pound Town” now seems relatively moot.

But it’s taken on a whole new flavor here in the year 2018, as the #MeToo movement has many of
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