Over the course of its nine-season run, The X-Files pitted its stars against all manner of monsters — human and otherwise — and it looks like fans can expect that to continue in the upcoming revival series.
In the latest preview released by FOX, Gillian Anderson’s FBI Agent Dana Scully can be heard telling her former partner, Fox Mulder (played by David Duchovny), about a new case the agency is investigating.
“It has a monster in it,” she says.
Scheduled to premiere in January, the revival of The X-Files brings back series stars Duchovny and Anderson as Mulder and Scully, respectively, as well as much of the original series’ supporting cast. The revival series will run six episodes, but Anderson, Duchovny, and series creator/showrunner Chris Carter have all indicated that more episodes are possible if the limited series does well.
Along with Duchovny and Anderson reprising their roles as Mulder and Scully, respectively, the series revival will also feature the return of series veteran Mitch Pileggi as the pair’s former boss, Walter Skinner, as well as fellow series regular William B. Davis as the enigmatic Cigarette-Smoking Man. Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick, who co-starred in the series late in its run after Duchovny and Anderson had ceased appearing regularly in episodes, are also rumored to be returning in some capacity for the revival.
Carter wrote and directed three of the six revival episodes, with series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong writing and directing the remaining episodes.
The X-Files premiered in 1993 and went on to earn 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, and a Peabody Award over the course of 202 episodes in which its lead characters investigated all manner of unexplained phenomena while searching for the “truth” behind humanity’s relationship with aliens. It also spawned multiple spinoff series and two feature-length films.
The revival of The X-Files kicks off Sunday, Jan. 24, at 10 p.m. EST following the NFC Championship Game on FOX and then continues on its normal day and time: Monday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m. EST.