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Kelly Connolly
June 03, 2015 AT 08:26 PM EDT

Community actor Joel McHale has signed on for a guest-starring role in Fox’s X-Files revival, EW has confirmed. McHale will play Tad O’Malley, a conservative Internet news anchor who becomes an unlikely ally to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny). The Greendale Human Being always did look like an alien…

McHale is the first guest star announced for the six-episode revival, joining series stars Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, as well as recurring cast members Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis.  

The X-Files returns Jan. 24, 2016.

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