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David Duchovny Has An Idea Of How More X-Files Should Look

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x-files fight the futureEver since Fox Television Group head Gary Newman said that they’ve been kicking around ideas for more X-Files at the Television Critics Association winter press tour recently, there’s been a ton of chatter about a possible revamp. One question is how original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny feel about returning to their most recognizable roles, and as it turns out, at least one of them feels pretty damn good about the prospect.

On Tuesday, USA Today caught up with Duchovny and asked him about the potential for an X-Files revival. He said he would be both “happy” and “excited” to bring the paranoid sci-fi classic back to the airwaves. In addition, he also offered a glimpse of what it could look like in terms of size and scope. If this does materialize, it likely won’t be as a regular continuing series.

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Simpsons Did It: The Best Science/Sci-Fi Guest Stars To Appear On Fox’s Long-Running ‘Toon

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Last night The Simpsons’ long line of notable guest stars checked author Harlan Ellison off its Bucket List, alongside a return appearance from Stan “The Man” Lee. Now, don’t assume that just because I’m using a Bucket List metaphor, I think Simpsons is on its death bed. No, I’m suggesting Simpsons should have been mercifully put down ages ago. But while the show’s writing has spiraled down a well of diminishing returns, it continues to draw all manner of notable persons into the jaundiced world of Springfield. Over the years that’s included quite a few famous faces from the worlds of science and science fiction. Here’s the cream of that crop from The Simpsons’ two and a half decades (so far) of life.

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Appearances: “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” (1991), “Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo” (1999), “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love” (2001)

Star Trek actor/Facebook staple George Takei has popped up in Simpsons several times over the years, but unlike a lot of the names on this list, he’s never appeared playing himself. He first popped up in “One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish” lending his distinctive voice to Akira, a waiter at a sushi restaurant who serves Homer a fugu blowfish, an extremely venomous dish that must be prepared by a master sushi chef or risk killing its eater. (Akira has appeared other times in the show, but was voiced by Hank Azaria on those occasions.) Takei later voiced Wink, the host of a Japanese game show called Super Happy Smile Time Family Wish Show and and an unnamed waiter in a 2001 episode.

Homer: There’s got to be something I haven’t tried. Huh? Hey, hey, what’s this? Fugu!

Akira: (Gasps.) It is a blowfish, sir. But I should warn you that one–

Homer: Come on, pal. Fugu me!

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Gillian Anderson Is Into A Third X-Files Film, But Not Another TV Series

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xfilesThere isn’t much for science fiction fans to look forward to at this year’s Comic-Con – that’s sarcasm, folks! – but one of the more anticipated events not attached to an upcoming feature was the anniversary panel for The X-Files, which was populated by creator Chris Carter, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as a handful of the show’s writers, including Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. To be expected, talk quickly shifted to the prospect of making another film. It turns out Gillian Anderson isn’t against the idea, but don’t ask her about a TV show, even a limited one.

Obviously if any questions about a long-gestating project like a third X-Files film are presented, no one can really give any concrete answers. These aren’t the people that give the go-ahead. Carter explained it away with, “You need a reason for going on and getting excited.” Anderson’s answer, however, was much more fan-friendly. “A film would be great,” she said. Though when it comes to making another series, using the upcoming 24: Live Another Day as an example, she was adamant in saying she’s not interested. She recently starred in the damned fine BBC murder drama The Fall, which you can watch on Netflix here. And while I’ve come to think that another short TV season might be the best way to reintroduce a conspiracy-driven storyline and get people invested, I understand her hesitation.

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X-Files Reunion And Falling Skies Panel Coming To Comic-Con

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UPDATE: The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog has confirmed that David Duchovny will indeed be reuniting on state with Gillian Anderson for the X-Files panel.

“When it comes to the San Diego Comic-Con, you really have to twist some arms to get anybody to attend. I mean, it’s just a bunch of rotten garage-sale-destined toys and previews for movies and games that no one will ever see or play. And the seven guys who are there are dressed up as the most obscure characters from some movie you’ve never heard of.” Thanks for listening, guys. That was my monologue for the Stirspeach play About Last Opposite Night. Stirspeach = Shakespear(e). (I realize I’m reaching.)

Not only is Comic-Con one of the most rabidly sought-out events that pop culture has to offer, but it’s one that never fails to produce exclusive promotions and panels. TNT’s Falling Skies is bringing its cast and crew to San Diego. It sounds like an alien-ridden good time, but we’re honestly not turning our heads that quickly for it. But a TV Guide panel involving an X-Files reunion to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show’s premiere? We may have collective neck strain.

Since we’ve just got the good news out there — X-Files reunion! — we might as well get to the bad and the weird news. David Duchovny hasn’t yet been confirmed to appear. But given that TV Guide broke the news in its own ad, there’s a good chance not all the details behind this reunion have been worked out. Fans can expect to see creator Chris Carter, star Gillian Anderson, series writer/producer and Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, and writer/producers David Amann, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, and Jim Wong. Check out the ad below. Pink, right?

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David Duchovny Encourages Fans To Ask For More X-Files

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Like a theoretical return of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, the prospects of a third X-Files film to follow and hopefully make us forget the ultimately pointless I Want to Believe have gone from the conventional rumor mill to their own personalized rumor mills with hyper-specific details posing as conversation pieces. This next bit is completely independent of any rumor mill, however, as it’s more of a plea than gossip.

David Duchovny, star of Showtime’s Californication, and of the upcoming submarine thriller Phantom, appeared on Jay Leno Wednesday night. When Leno felt the need to get a quick audience cheer by bringing up another X-Files movie, Duchovny gave the expected spiel about everybody wanting to do it. But then he went a little further.

“Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, and I, we’re always on board,” Duchovny says, pretending he doesn’t believe that Jay Leno sounds like he’s never watched an X-Files episode in his life. “If you wanna write to FOX and get ’em going…You could wheel me out. I’ll be Fox Mulder forever, sure.” He mimed a wheelchair for a while as he said this. It’s kind of cool that he still exhibits that kind of childlike glee for the role. The truth is in the video below.