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OfficialXFiles.com: August 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Photos from the set of X-Files season 11

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

‘X-Files’ adds female writers, directors after Gillian Anderson calls out show's lack of diversity

The “X-Files” is finally taking steps to diversify its writing staff.

The rebooted sci-fi show has added three female writers for the next season, following early reports that all 10 episodes would be written by men.

Karen Nielson will write one episode and Kristen Morgan and Shannon Hamblin will team up for a second, according to Buzzfeed.

The women join a writing staff, which has been overwhelmingly male since the drama debuted in 1993.

"I don't want to make excuses for anyone. I want to just explain that after 200 plus episodes of a show that has a very deep and specific mythology — where the fanbase has a very high expectation that the episodes are going to deliver on those easter eggs and be consistent with those original episodes — the tendency is to want to rely on the people (who) helped you on the original, when you're just doing 10 episodes," Dana Walden, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO, said on the Television Critics Association panel Tuesday.

"And the crew that was with (creator) Chris (Carter) for a very long time happened to be a group of male writers."

Two episodes will also be directed by women: Holly Dale (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Timelss” and “Smash”) and Carol Banker (“The Magicians,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “Glee”).

Over the first 207 episodes of “The X-Files,” only two were directed by women.

While Walden denied that the hiring moves had anything to do with the backlash over the predominantly male staff, the most outspoken critic was the star of the show, Gillian Anderson.

“I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different,” she tweeted in June with the hashtag “the future is female” in response to a tweet about the gender makeup.

‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Cuts Back on Mythology Episodes;

One of the big complaints about the X-Files revival was the weakness of its mythology episodes. So when The X-Files comes back again again in 2018, there will only be two mythology episodes. It’s like Chris Carter and company have to wean themselves off them.

At the recent Television Critics Association event, Fox entertainment chairman David Madden explained that eight episodes of the 10 will be the sort of standalone, monster-of-the-week-style episodes that were often the standouts of the series.

The problem, of course, isn’t actually that the standalone episodes are all good and the mythology episodes are all bad. I direct your attention to the abysmal “First Person Shooter,” where, for some reason, the Lone Gunmen are involved in a VR game that, for some reason, sucks in its players and kills them with, for obvious reasons, a hot cyber girl. Also, I direct your attention to “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man,” which is excellent and only works because of the mythology of the show. (And was written by Glen Morgan and directed by James Wong, both of whom are returning for the eleventh season. Maybe have them do another mythology episode?)

The problem is actually that while Chris Carter is the man who created the show, his writing is not the strongest The X-Files has ever seen, especially on mythology stories and especially recently. So the big question is whether Carter will let anyone else take the reins on that.

From EW:

Madden also teased a bit about season 11’s storyline. “We start the season right up from where the season finale left off with that big helicopter and takes you right from there,” he says. “You’ll be launched into a very urgent adventure that has a lot to do with William — Mulder and Scully’s kid. So the search for William will be a significant thread through the show. You will see the Cigarette Smoking Man [William B. Davis]. You may see The Lone Gunmen somewhere along the line. There will be other characters from the previous mythology that will be reprised.”

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Major X-Files character is returning in season 11

Cassandra Spender is returning to The X-Files for season 11!
This was posted on twitter by one of the fans "Ben L. Maden".
Not sure if she will be back as full-time character or in flashbacks.

Cassandra Spender (played by Veronica Cartwright) was a repeater, or a multiple abductee, critical to the plans of the Syndicate. She was the ex-wife of the Cigarette Smoking Man and mother of Special Agent Jeffrey Spender, as well as "Patient X," the primary test subject in the project to develop an alien/human hybrid.

Friday, August 4, 2017

X-Files return to Vancouver as shooting for 11th season begins

Shooting on Season 11 of the X-Files begins Aug. 7, and while one can only hope the smoke is gone by then, the X-Files likely won’t suffer if it isn’t. Part of Vancouver’s draw is the rain and fog that lends an eerie atmosphere to the creepy show — a layer of haze would only add to that.

From the looks of it, Season 11’s first shooting location will be on Vancouver’s west side, where a filming notice for 3rd Floor Productions was posted at the corner of West 8th and Pine. 3rd Floor Productions shares the office address listed elsewhere for X-Files TV Productions, suggesting the two are one and the same. So if you see Fox Mulder or Dana Scully sprinting past Grace Vancouver Church, that’s probably why.

According to the notice, the production will be filming Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 6 a.m. to noon at the 1700-block of West 7th and 8th avenues.

David Duchovny arrives in Vancouver

“Guess where I am?” Duchovny tweeted on Thursday, alongside a picture of Vancouver’s skyline, blanketed in smoke from the wildfires in the B.C. Interior.  

Duchovny was last in Vancouver as Fox Mulder during the summer of 2015, when the cast of the X-Files reunited for a six-episode event series that began airing in the fall of 2016. The show was a hit upon its return, leading to yet another season being ordered. Filming is set to begin next week. 
Duchovny won’t just be acting while he’s in Vancouver, however. He’s scheduled to play a concert at The Imperial Theatre on October 14.