Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Show's Future Is Still Up in Air

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Show's Future Is Still Up in Air

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Will The X-Files be back next season? Getting a straight answer to that question is about as easy as getting Agent Scully to let go with a belly laugh or wear something frivolous.

The truth may be out there, but no one's telling. On a morning visit last month to Stage 6 at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles, the closest TV writers got was vague, carefully worded talk about possible outcomes that might please true believers. In other words, it was kind of like most X-Files scripts.

The show's white-haired, perpetually-in-jeans creator, Chris Carter, held court with reporters along with stars Gillian Anderson and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2). It was Patrick's first such appearance since joining the show this season to replace David Duchovny, who turned up for the first time Sunday night in Episode 14.

Patrick's Agent John Doggett has been dutifully assisting Anderson's Agent Dana Scully as she continues FBI work investigating the paranormal. Sunday's episode revealed that Doggett's son was abducted and murdered some time before, explaining his commitment to sorting out similar crimes. But he is not an easy sell when it comes to what he calls "mumbo jumbo" theories.

The hour also marked the arrival of new agent Monica Reyes, played by Annabeth Gish. Like Doggett, she has to be convinced of otherworldly scenarios to explain strange events.

Carter and the two cast members, joined by co-executive producer Frank Spotnitz, sat beneath the black space ship model used in scenes depicting Mulder's macabre torture at the hands of aliens. On the show's April 8 episode, fans find out what happened to Mulder, Carter promised, adding that Mulder will be back for the remainder of the season, which ends in a cliffhanger.

After that, there's no commitment from Duchovny or anyone else about a ninth season. But this much seems clear: Carter would like to do a second X-Files movie and, for that, both Duchovny and Anderson are likely to be in place. When will that be? It has a lot to do with when the series ends, said the creator, who told reporters he foresees trying to write the movie in the next year or two.

"But it all depends on time, management of time and what's going on with the TV series. …

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