Duchovny Announces Skinner, Smoking Man X-Files Return

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Now that the X-Files revival is real-deal, its momentum has not let up. On the heels of Chris Carter’s comments that he’d like to bring everyone possible back, star David Duchovny revealed on David Letterman that intent just might come to fruition. 

Appearing on the Late Show, Duchovny spoke to The X-Files’ six-episode event return. Asked if original cast will be back, he says, “There’s Gillian and I, we’re original. Mitch Pileggi will come back, and the cigarette-smoking man — if that means anything to anyone — will be coming back.” Pileggi of course essayed FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner throughout the series’ nine-season run, while The Smoking Man was portrayed by William B. Davis, who was a villainous, rivalrous presence from the beginning.

Less official is TV Wise’s report that both Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick are slated to return. Both actors were introduced as main characters in The X-Files’ eighth season, playing special agents Monica Reyes and John Doggett, respectively. The site stresses no deals are in place.

The X-Files shoots this summer in Vancouver. Carter has teased the new iteration will be a mix of standalone cases and mythology episodes. 


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