Fox descended upon the New York Comic Con crowd on Saturday with a panel for their highly-anticipated X-Files revival series, which is set to premiere on Sunday, January 24, directly after the NFC Championship Game. Fans at NYCC were among the first ever to see the pilot episode, My Struggle, and series creator Chris Carter was joined by stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder) and Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) on the NYCC stage. Gillian Anderson was unable to attend, since she's in India filming Viceroy's House. But the actress did surprise fans by sending out a video message, which you can check out below. Here's what she had to say to everyone in attendance.
"Hello, New York. Well, I'm here in Jabka, playing Lady Mountbatten, working my buns off all week. I'm very, very sorry not to be with you this evening, on this day. I really hope you enjoy our episode, and that it doesn't ruin the entire season by showing it prematurely. And I hope you have the most delicious time. And again, I'm working so hard here in Jabka. Very sad not to see you. Though I have to go now, my boyfriend's here. Bye."
Unlike the original series The X-Files, which ran for nine seasons, this revival won't be back for a full season, but instead as a six-episode event series. Back in May, David Duchovny revealed that he would be up for coming back as Fox Mulder for another event series, provided it isn't a full 20-episode season. During the NYCC panel, the actor reiterated his previous comments, saying he would gladly return as Mulder, if the fans respond to this new series.
"I'm grateful to all you guys and to Chris Carter for making it possible for us to come back and play these characters again. And if it so happens that there is an appetite for more, then Chris - as he has me say in the show - 'you have my number.'"
The X-Files Revival is set thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of The X-Files is a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully's boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.
The X-Files debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The upcoming event series will encompass a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show's seminal mythology. Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong. Check out the video Gillian Anderson displayed to the NYCC fans yesterday.