Fox revives ‘X-Files’ with original cast for miniseries

Lucas Shaw and Rob Golum
Bloomberg News

Fox broadcast network is reviving the sci-fi show “The X-Files” with a six-episode miniseries, reuniting the creator and original cast in a production starting later this year.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise their role as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, Fox said Tuesday in a statement. Production will begin this summer, led by series creator Chris Carter. An airdate wasn’t given.

A new “X-Files” gives Fox, stuck in last place in the Nielsen ratings, a recognizable name from its past. The network, part of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., scored a big hit this season with “Empire,” about a family that leads a hip-hop music company. Even so, Fox has lost viewers overall.

“Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as The X-Files,’ and we’re ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter,” Dana Walden and Gary Newman, head of the Fox Television Group, said in the statement.

“X-Files” ran for nine seasons on Fox and concluded 13 years ago. In the series, Duchovny’s Mulder played an FBI agent seeking proof of alien life on Earth, while Anderson’s Scully played the skeptical scientist questioning his theories.