The X-Files: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny return in 21-minute preview |


See a 21-minute preview of the X-Files revival

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Got 21 minutes to spare? If so, check out this newly released (and fairly extensive) sneak peek at the return of The X-FilesStars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return in this behind-the-scenes look to reveal top-secret intel from the set and track the process of returning Agents Mulder and Scully to the screen. 

Spliced together with statements from series creator Chris Carter and his crew, the video caters to newbies looking for their first interactions with this universe, as well as vets getting more and more amped for the mystery ahead.  

As teased by writer-director-executive producer Glen Morgan, the series will be a combination of stand-alone episodes and mythology-builders. “We knew the first and the sixth were mythology episodes and then the ones in the middle would be stand-alones that was really whatever Jim [Wong] and Darin [Morgan] and I came up with,” he said. 

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“We want to satisfy the mythology of it,” Duchovny echoed, “and then there’s going to be stand-alones and of those stand-alones there’s going to be one that’s funnier than the others.”

Also featured in this revival are Joel McHale (Community), former Firestorm Robbie Amell (The Flash), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Annabeth Gish (The Bridge), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), and the return of William B. Davis as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Check out the full preview in the video above. 

The X-Files will return with six new episodes starting with a special two-night event. The first half will commence on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET, with the next chapter dropping Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET.