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'X-Files' Premiere Date Set: Fox Sci-Fi Drama Will Return Jan. 24

by Shawn Christ   May 11, 2015 20:24 PM EDT

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After 14 years, the Fox sci-fi drama The X-Files will return to the small screen Jan. 24, 2016. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six-episode series event will premiere following the NFC Championship Game. The series will feature David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in their signature roles of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Production for the show begins next month. Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis are also on board as Walter Skinner and The Smoking Man. Chris Carter will also return to helm the series.

"We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of The X-Files — one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers," Fox TV Group Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in March. "The X-Files was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture — yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning."

Duchovny, who hit success with Showtime's Californication and will be in NBC's upcoming Aquarius, said he will be a little nervous when the series begins to shoot.

"I think I'll be nervous on the day. When I'm in a scene with Gillian, I think we'll both be like, this is so weird. And I think we've both gotten better as we've gotten older, so how do we bring that to bear on these characters? If I were to look back at the first or second year of the show, I wouldn't try to act like that guy. I'm capable of doing more. She's capable of doing more. It'll be interesting to see how we keep the characters the same but also the actors are better," he said.

In addition to The X-Files, Full House will also return in 2016.

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