Just one day after Community's sixth season finale debuted, series star Joel McHale has booked a guest starring role on Fox's Untitled X-Files Revival. It isn't clear how many episodes the actor will appear in during the six-episode first season, but he will be playing Tad O'Malley, a popular conservative news anchor for an online news outlet, who becomes an unexpected ally to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). Production is currently under way on this new installment of The X-Files, which is slated to debut on Sunday, January 24, after Fox's coverage of the NFC Championship Game.
Original The X-Files stars David Duchovny (Fox Mulder), Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully), Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner) and William B. Davis (The Cigarette Smoking Man) are slated to return, although no further cast members have been confirmed at this time. David Duchovny has teased that the show will be a mix of The X-Files mythology and "monster of the week" cases. David Duchovny has also said that he is open to coming back for more episodes, as long as it wasn't a full 20-episode season.
Chris Carter created the series and will write alongside original The X-Files writers Glen Morgan and James Wong. Vince Gilligan, who was part of the original writing staff before going on to create Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul,will not be back for the revival. Aside from his role as Jeff Winger on Community, Joel McHale also hosts The Soup on E! and he will also host ESPN's sports awards show The ESPYs on July 15.