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Canada’s Bell Media has picked Fox’s The X-Files revival for its winter season.
The six-episode series, starring David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as fellow FBI special agent Dana Scully, is set to debut on CTV on Jan. 24, 2016, simultaneous with the return to Fox stateside, it was announced Tuesday.
Chris Carter’s revival will then head to CraveTV, Bell Media’s online streamer, for catch-up viewing in spring 2016. Bell Media acquired the event series from 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.
The new series brings The X-Files and the Mulder and Scully characters into the present day, with ripped-from-the-headlines conspiracies involving government surveillance and corporate malfeasance added to the show’s trademark paranormal paranoia. The plot has Mulder and Scully — now separated from one another privately and professionally — joining forces and reopening the X-Files after new evidence comes to light involving alien abductions and a possible global conspiracy.
20th Century Television and Ten Thirteen Productions are producing The X-Files reboot in Vancouver, where the original nine seasons of the sci-fi series were shot before it went off the air in 2002. Besides Duchovny and Anderson, The X-Files also stars Mitch Pileggi (Sons of Anarchy) returning as FBI assistant director Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully’s boss, with Joel McHale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose and Annabeth Gish guest starring.
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