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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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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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Ladies First: The Best Female Characters Of Sci-Fi Film And Television

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RipleyLoaderOne of the reasons we love science fiction is because there’s no shortage of strong, dynamic, fascinating female characters kicking around the galaxy, a trait that isn’t always a given in other genres. Iconic characters like Ripley and Sarah Connor have become the bar by which most other female heroines are measured against, but thankfully sci-fi doesn’t limit its badass females strictly to the most obvious form of badassery. Our favorite sci-fi heroines might have what it takes to field-strip a pulse rifle, or they might have the fortitude to lead a desperate fleet of mankind’s remnants across the stars to a new home. They might be able to take down multiple murderous cyborgs, or they might have the courage to serve as inspiration for revolution against an oppressive government.

When it came time for us to pick out favorite female characters from science fiction film and television, the task was more than daunting. After several rounds of voting, arguing, throwing things, and threats of blackmail, we finally whittled our list down to 19, our picks for the very best, most interesting, most compelling, most badass female characters the genre has had to offer across film and TV. We’re listing them in alphabetical order by last name, but it’s strangely appropriate who wound up as number one regardless…

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Chris Carter’s Apocalyptic Pilot Finds A Home At Amazon Studios

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Chris CarterAmazon Studios is trying to make as big an impact in the TV business as they possibly can. There’s no testing the waters or wading in, they’re going full cannonball. They’ve recently picked up a number of new shows, including Betas, Transparent, The Outlaws, and Alpha House, as well as a ton of kids shows. Now it’s been announced that the monolithic, Seattle-based company is going to put their considerable might behind a new series from X-Files creator Chris Carter. The fledgling content producer is looking to put the sting of failed pilots like Zombieland behind them and have ordered up one called The After from Carter, who is teamed up with Georgeville TV.

In reality, there isn’t all that much to tell you about the drama pilot at the moment. What we do know is that the episode takes place at the moment of the apocalypse, which means if it’s picked up, the action will be, by strictest definition, post-apocalyptic. What kind of end of days scenario we’re talking about remains to be seen. We could be in for a nuclear winter, a deadly plague that decimates the human race, or maybe we’ll take it back to Dark Angel with an EMP that shuts down the world (though that avenue may be a little too similar to NBC’s Revolution). There will probably be more news on this front down the road, but for now, this is all we have to go on. We’ll have to wait and see if the world descends into full on Mad Max style mayhem, or something different. My guess, given Carter’s track record, would be that we’re in for a more thoughtful, conspiracy-driven kind of Armageddon, but I could be wrong.

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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 Season 10 Hits Comic Stands This June

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For X-Files fans, the truth is definitely still out there. Only “there” in this case means a comic shop, rather than inside a television or on a movie screen. Considering how long it’s been since the show left FOX, fans would probably accept an X-Files revival if it were told through a series of zoetropes. Obviously I’m not counting I Want to Believe, because, you know…

IDW Publishing, one of the best comic companies out there, is collaborating with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to bring fans the upcoming The X-Files: Season 10, which will see its first issue released on June 19, 2013. When we shared the initial news last month, few details were available, but IDW’s press release is full of them.

Chris Carter will serve as executive producer for the series and will no doubt be doing some major story consulting, given these are his longest lasting prized creations. The series will be written by comics scribe Joe Harris, responsible for thrillers such as Great Pacific, Spontaneous, and Ghost Projekt, among others. His words will be put to images by artist Michael Walsh and colorist Jordie Bellaire, both of whom recently worked on the time travelling series Comeback. Issue #1 will feature the cover designing talent of Dave Johnson, Joe Corroney, and Carlos Valenzuela, along with a classic photo image of Mulder and Scully.