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The X-Files Is Leaving Netflix This Month, Here Are The Details

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x-files fight the futureThe rise of streaming services like Netflix has allowed us to binge like we never have before, but it has also lead a new problem that we never would have expected to arise before. As rights and deals run their course and expire, easy access to shows comes and goes. Every month, Netflix adds more titles to its list, while at the same time others disappear. Some come back eventually, others don’t. There was a big to-do a while back, when it looked like Doctor Who was leaving the streaming service (it didn’t), and Red Dwarf is no longer available, and now it looks like if you want to marathon The X-Files, you better do it by the end of the month.

You can handle that, right? Watching nine seasons, all 202 episodes of The X-Files in less than a months? I have faith you can pull this off by April 1. You may have to call in sick to work, but that’s a small price to pay. What are you doing still reading this, you have more important business to take care right now.

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Fox’s Minority Report Series Casts Two Lead Roles

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MinorityFox’s Minority Report continues to come together. After getting the green light from the network to produce a pilot, they’ve put together a solid cast, and today they’ve added two more new faces: Meagan Good and Stark Sands.

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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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Minority Report Gets The Greenlight From Fox, Details Here

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MinorityWow, here’s some news about hard sci-fi on your television that has nothing to do with the Syfy channel, which feels rare these days as damn near every ambitious genre project seems to originate with them. We first heard last August that a version of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, which is of course based on a Philip K. Dick short story, is headed to our TV sets. After learning a few additional details since then, the series has now been given the green light by Fox.

Variety reports that the network has approved a formal order for a Minority Report pilot for the 2015-2016 development cycle. 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV are working on the project, and Max Borenstein (Godzilla) is handling the writing duties and will executive produce along with Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin TV. Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner.

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Fox Greenlights A Sitcom About A Telekinetic Yogurt Shop Worker

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CarrieGo home, Fox, you’re drunk. Or I am. Clearly one of us is, because that’s the only explanation for the Deadline story reporting that Fox has greenlit a series about “a 25-year-old woman who works at a frozen yogurt shop and whose life is going nowhere — until she discovers she is telekinetic.” I’m not ever saying it will be bad, necessarily. I’m just saying that Fox is still on my shit list for Firefly and Almost Human, Fox, and this isn’t helping their case.

Alright, alright, I’ll remove my cranky old man pants, and that wasn’t intended to sound nearly as unsettling as it does in retrospect. Here’s the skinny: the so-far-untitled single-camera half-hour comedy was created by 30 Rock writer Colleen McGuiness, also a veteran of NBC’s About a Boy. McGuiness is writing the pilot, which is being produced by Universal TV and a pair of guys named “Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.” Hmm, doesn’t ring any bells. Fox has given the project a script commitment plus penalty, which means if they don’t order the series to pilot Fox will have to pay a penalty.

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Frankenstein’s Story Is Returning To Life Once More On The Small Screen

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FrankThink about all the good science fiction out there, and then think about what the genre needs. Project Hieroglyph and author Neal Stephenson believe science fiction needs more “techno-optimism” to pave the way for non-dystopian realities. Some call for more female writers and characters in science fiction; some call for less. But one thing that has never crossed my mind in answer to the question of what sci-fi needs is more Frankenstein spinoffs. But that’s never stopped anyone before, particularly Fox, which has just ordered a new Frankenstein pilot.

The original Mary Shelley work was written in 1818, and since then there have been a slew of Frankenstein-inspired narratives: Thomas Edison’s 1910 film version; the Boris Karloff 1931 movie; the 1935 sequel, Bride of Frankenstein; the 1939 sequel to that, Son of Frankenstein; Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942; Young Frankenstein in 1974; failed Broadway productions in 1981 and 1984, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie in 1984; a manga adaptation in 1988; Frankenstein in 1992; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994; this year’s bomb I, Frankenstein — and that’s just scratching the surface.