'X-Files' returning to Fox as limited series

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The X-Files Is Officially Coming Back With David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

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"X-Files" is coming back to Fox as a six-episode limited series, the network told TheWrap.

The series' Emmy Award-winning creator and executive producer Chris Carter is returning, alongside stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who'll reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively, more than a decade after the show ended in 2002.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson attend 'The Truth Is Here: David Duchovny And Gillian Anderson On The X-Files' presented by the Paley Center For Media at Paley Center For Media on October 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 18: Actress Gillian Anderson and actor David Duchovny participate in TV Guide Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of The X-Files on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con International held at San Diego Convention Center on Thursday July 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 18: Actor David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson of 'The X-Files' sign autographs at the LightSpeed Booth on the convention floor on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con International - General Atmosphere held at San Diego Convention Center on Thursday July 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Creator Chris Carter, actress Gillian Anderson and actor Dean Haglund sign autographs at the IDW booth promoting 'The X-Files' on Day 2 of the 2013 Comic-Con International - General Atmosphere held at San Diego Convention Center on Friday July 19, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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LONDON - JULY 30: Actor David Duchovny and actress Gillian Anderson attend The X-Files: I Want To Believe film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square on July 30, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Jon Furniss/WireImage)
US actor David Duchovny arrives for the British premiere of the 'X Files: I want to believe' directed by Chris Carter in London's Leicester Square on July 30, 2008. AFP PHOTO/Max Nash (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Gillian Anderson and actor David Duchovny arrive for the premiere of 'The X Files : I want to Believe' at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on July 23, 2008. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 23: (L-R) Actor Gillian Anderson, director Chris Carter, producer Frank Spotnitz and actor David Duchovny attend the 20th Century Fox World Premiere of 'The X Files: I Want To Believe' at Mann's Grauman Chinese Theatre on July 23, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
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"I think of it as a 13-year commercial break," said Carter in a statement. "The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."

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Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, production is set to begin this summer. But, Fox has yet to determine an airdate for the limited series.

"We had the privilege of working with Chris on all nine seasons of 'The X Files' – one of the most rewarding creative experiences of our careers – and we couldn't be more excited to explore that incredible world with him again," said Fox Television Group chairmen and CEOs, Gary Newman and Dana Walden, in a joint statement.

They continued. "'The X Files' was not only a seminal show for both the studio and the network, it was a worldwide phenomenon that shaped pop culture – yet remained a true gem for the legions of fans who embraced it from the beginning. Few shows on television have drawn such dedicated fans as 'The X Files,' and we're ecstatic to give them the next thrilling chapter of Mulder and Scully they've been waiting for."

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The series follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – dubbed "X-Files" – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Anderson said of the return: "The idea is to get the old gang back, have some fun and get a bit of closure for us and the audience."

During its initial nine-season run, "The X Files" became one of the most successful television dramas of all time, hitting a peak ratings high in 1997 when more than 27 million people tuned in to the Season 5 premiere. The show had earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.

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