Producer Chris Carter: Fox Originally Rejected "The X-Files"

Chris Carter shot to fame after creating "The X-Files," but few know the story behind its origin. Chris reveals his resilience after the show was initially rejected and the unlikely chance meeting that cracked the show wide open for him, along with some of his original inspirations."I think 'The X-Files' was the first time I had a chance to write would I consider to be the two distinct sides of my personality," said Carter. "I'm a skeptic by nature; I sort of have e a bias toward science. And then I'm a person who is looking for what I would call a religious experience. So it was really those two parts of me that I got to express in these two characters, Mulder and Scully."

Fox announced Tuesday that "The X-Files," which ran for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002, will be returning for a six-episode run, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their original roles as Mulder and Scully. It's a satisfying victory lap for a show that has long been recognized as a trailblazer for TV dramas--but for Carter, the challenges of getting it made at all are as fresh in his mind today as they were in the early '90s.

"The road to success is paved with many obstacles, and it actually makes you work harder," he said. "It's because I actually had to go back, think about what it is I was pitching, what I wanted to do, that I ultimately got to make the pilot."
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