‘The X-Files’ Review: The Truth Is Here—the New Season Is Good

The truth is out there, and you’re going to like it: The X-Files is back—again—and this time in true fighting form. Yes, it appears second time is the charm for Mulder and Scully.

Fox’s second (and possibly last) event series for the iconic show starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully is 10 episodes this time, and it seems Chris Carter and Co.—which includes new writers and directors—have found their footing after the 2016 run of six episodes. Without spoiling key plot points, The X-Files tackles the modern landscape—both technological and political—and propels the show and characters forward. The first return felt like the show was relearning to walk; now it’s off and running.

Of the five episodes made available to review, the season 11 premiere is by far the weakest. There are some questionable story choices, but I want to believe Carter and his team of writers know what they’re doing here. While “My Struggle III” was a bit of a stumble, the other four episodes are strong outings in The X-Files lore. The standalone episodes serve to further both the overarching conspiracy storyline and the dynamic between Mulder and Scully in a way the first revival season failed to do. These episodes successfully built on the stories before them while feeling original and timely.

Just wait until episode four, “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat,” airs. It’s a Darin Morgan offering and that means it’s truly bizarre in the best way possible. The episode may or may not include the phrase “leprechaun taint” and several mentions of the Shaquille O’Neal flick Kazaam. Need I say more? Well, this specific episode also tackles the new times we live in, the era of “fake news.” President Donald Trump’s presence is felt throughout the episodes and his stance on the FBI is wisely used to the show’s advantage. Now Mulder and Scully are federal agents on the outs for other reasons besides being assigned to the X-files.

The force that keeps The X-Files buoyed is the same thing that made it a hit the first place: the chemistry between Anderson and Duchovny, and that translates to the spark between their characters. The two seem more engaged with the material this time around, from an intense action scene to the comedy aspects that have always been a part of the series. Who knew Mulder using slang, like the non-word “adorbs,” and Scully calling somebody “bro,” both somewhat ironically, would work? The series also changes the dynamic between Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and our two heroes in a nostalgic way that works.

If this is the last time The X-Files comes back for either a while or ever, which seems to be the case based on Anderson’s comments, and the remaining five episodes remain solid, the series is poised to go out on top.

Be sure to come back to E! News for more on The X-Files, including interviews with Carter, Duchovny and Anderson.

The X-Files returns Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Source: E! News

The X-Files season 11 first look: Mulder and Scully swap places

The EW article is posted below & offers a few interesting snippets about the upcoming season of The X-Files!

For a show about experiences that can’t be quantified, The X-Files isn’t lacking numbers: 208 (episodes), two (movies), one (Speedo). But the most significant might be 10 — as in, the 10 new episodes now filming in Vancouver. After ratings for 2016’s six-episode revival soared to UFO-worthy heights, the sci-fi drama will return in early 2018, reuniting David Duchovny’s believer and Gillian Anderson’s skeptic for another run of out-there cases. Along with a first look at the new episodes, series creator Chris Carter gave EW classified intel on what to expect from the 11th season.

Mulder and Scully are swapping places

Viewers last saw Scully, immune to the alien virus sweeping the planet, on a gridlocked bridge trying to cure Mulder before it was too late. So what’s with this photo of Scully in the hospital — and Mulder looking healthy as ever? “Obviously something unexpected has happened,” Carter says wryly. But the showrunner promises he planned this reversal long before crafting that cliff-hanger: “Everything is by design.”

In Carter’s own words: “Shippers were heard”

After getting the professional side of their relationship back on track in season 10, Mulder and Scully will be drawn even closer together this year. Carter says fans rooting for the formerly estranged duo to fully patch things up “have something to look forward to.” But the partners are in for an intense journey; the pain of Scully’s decision to give up William (the son she shares with Mulder) for adoption 15 years ago still hangs over both agents. “William has been an absent center,” Carter says. “He will come to the fore.”

It’s not all heavy (but some of it is)

With more monster-of-the-week episodes this season (eight, in all), fans can expect season 11 to be united in theme but varied in tone. After episode one delves into the Cigarette Smoking Man’s (William B. Davis) backstory and apparent family ties to Mulder, the second hour opens with a time jump to put distance between Mulder and Scully and the events of the premiere. And episode three is a darkly comedic hour, penned by Carter, focusing on doubles and doppelgängers. But beyond the humor, the larger mythology of The X-Files — like the fallout from Scully’s abduction and the chip that was implanted in her neck — continues to shape Mulder and Scully’s world.

The conspiracy is getting crowded

A powerful figure played by Barbara Hershey emerges in this season’s story, though the showrunner says any resemblance between her red hair and Scully’s is purely coincidental. “It was a thrill to work with her,” Carter says. He also teases the addition of a so-called Mr. Y — and some characters who only appear to be new. Season 11 will also explore the motive behind one of the biggest shockers of last season: loyal ally Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish) confessing that she’s in league with the Cigarette Smoking Man. And the showrunner says we’ll get a new angle on Mulder and Scully’s long-suffering boss, Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). “Familiar alliances are rattled,” Carter says.

After all this time, Mulder and Scully can still trust no one.

Source: EW

Hannibal Update: Bryan Fuller Says Revival ‘Conversations’ Are Underway

Sharpen those knives, Hannibal fans: Another meal might be coming your way after all.

Bryan Fuller — the man behind the bloody, beloved NBC thriller starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen that wrapped up in 2015 — whetted the appetites of Fannibal Nation this week by tweeting that “conversations” have officially begun about a Hannibal revival.

As Fuller says in the tweet, the rights to Hannibal were officially tied up for two years following the airing of the NBC series finale. But now executive producer Martha De Laurentiis “has started those conversations” about a possible Season 4, and De Laurentiis further fanned the flames by tweeting out a picture of her and Fuller together on Saturday.

Keep in mind: No network has signed on to air a fourth season of Hannibal, and even Fuller warns that “this takes time.” (He’s currently busy working on Starz’s American Gods.) Dancy, who played FBI profiler Will Graham on the series, told TVLine back in January that a revival might not happen for another “four or five years,” but he did add that “I believe everyone is willing” to revisit the cat-and-mouse game between Will Graham and serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen).

Fuller stated last year he’d like to bring Hannibal back as a miniseries depicting the events of Silence of the Lambs, the most famous Lecter tale of all: “There are a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series… I hope we get to tell the story.”

Source: TVLine

‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years

An interesting article regarding the future of American Gods & the upcoming 2nd season from the recent TCA press tour.

Starz chief Chris Albrecht wasn’t able to confirm exactly when we might see another season of “American Gods.” However, he did tell journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that there’s no end in sight for the supernatural fantasy drama.

“We’re on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz,” he said of the series, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that.”

“Gods” has already been renewed for a second season, which is good news for fans, given that the first season didn’t even get through half of the story told in Gaiman’s original novel. But Albrecht wasn’t able to say when Season 2 might happen: “It’s a difficult show to make because there are a lot of people to wrangle.”

And he’s not exaggerating. The talented cast includes Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Betty Gilpin, Pablo Schreiber, Cloris Leachman, Jonathan Tucker, Kristen Chenoweth, Gillian Anderson, and Orlando Jones, all of whom are performers with no shortage of other projects in the works.

Just a few examples: Anderson will soon be reprising the role of Dana Scully on “The X-Files,” McShane might find himself starring soon in a film version of “Deadwood” for HBO, and hopefully Gilpin will be at the center of a new season of Netflix’s excellent wrestling dramedy “Glow.”

Fuller also has a number of projects in development at various networks, while Green has become a massively in-demand feature screenwriter after writing the script for this year’s “Alien: Covenant,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

Albrecht said that Starz is “committed to getting the show on the air as soon as possible.” Don’t look for the next chapter in this story anytime soon, but hopefully viewers will find out what’s in store for Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday sometime before 2020.

“American Gods” Season 1 is available now through Starz.

Source: IndieWire

TVLine: Performer of the Week

THE PERFORMER | Gillian Anderson

THE SHOW | American Gods

THE EPISODE | “Come to Jesus“ (June 18)

THE PERFORMANCE | Is there anything that livens up an American Gods scene more than the captivating, off-kilter addition of Gillian Anderson’s Media? We think not, especially given the X-Files alum’s highly entertaining performance in Sunday’s Season 1 finale.

When Media showed up as Judy Garland in her Easter Parade attire, all doe-eyed and delicate, Anderson was the picture of turn-of-the-century femininity. And we marveled, in part because she so thoroughly wrapped the New God in this old-school persona and in part because Anderson-as-Media-as-Garland was Ziggy Stardust light years away from the guises we’d seen her adopt before.

Remember, for a moment, how the actress glided about Easter’s patio in the finale, dancing with Technical Boy’s faceless Fred Astaires. Juxtapose that with Anderson’s knowing, slick take on David Bowie in the back of the limo in Episode 5… or with her cooing sexpot take on Marily Monroe at the police station… or with her bawdy, black-and-white rendition of I Love Lucy‘s Lucille Ball at the beginning of the season. Anderson has a Tatiana Maslany-like ability to disappear within a character within a character. And after years in quiet, buttoned-down roles like The X-Files‘ Dana or Hannibal‘s Bedeila, it’s refreshingly fun to watch her cut loose a little.

In other words: You’ve come a long way, Scully.

Source: TVLine

‘American Gods’ Review: Strong Cast, High Style Make Drama a Divine Delight

Just under 2 weeks before American Gods premieres on Starz! According to the review posted below from TVLine, Gillian will make her first appearance in episode 2.

Starz’s American Gods takes on a daunting — let’s call it Goliath-sized — task in adapting Neil Gaiman’s sweeping fantasy novel for the small screen. After all, the cult-favorite book is a road-trip tale, an examination of the nature of belief, one man’s journey toward enlightenment and a primer in world religions.

That’s a lot to fit into an hour each week. Does the freshman drama, which premieres April 30, make it work? Let the congregation say: Amen.

Fans of Gaiman’s 2001 work will be pleased to know that any changes to the narrative have been made mainly to expand, not abridge, the narrative. (It helps that the author is an executive producer on the project.) The story still follows ex-convict Shadow Moon (played by The 100‘s Ricky Whittle), who makes the acquaintance of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday (Deadwood‘s Ian McShane) and soon finds himself accompanying the older man on a cross-country odyssey.

What Wednesday knows, and Shadow soon cottons to, is that Old World gods (think mythology) and New World gods (think technology) are gearing up for a battle. The coveted spoils: human attention/devotion, because without it, deities tend to fade into irrelevancy.

Deep, eh? Gods embraces the hugeness of its source material by decking out the action in equally large style. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green (Heroes) are its writers and showrunners, and Fuller’s fingerprints, especially, are easily visible all over the series. For instance, an Episode 2 scene featuring heavy blood spray and strings on the soundtrack will feel so familiar to Hannibal fans, you’ll half expect Dr. Lecter to make a surprise cameo.

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‘Viceroy’s House’ Clip: “Breakfast on the Lawn”

A new clip from Gillian’s upcoming movie, Viceroy’s House, has been recently released by The Telegraph; view it under the cut. The informative article is posted below.

Released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India and the founding of Pakistan, Viceroy’s House casts Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten, the former installed as the last British ruler of the country, tasked with handing India back to its own people.

But conflict soon erupted over the arrangement, with a decision taken to divide the country of Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs by forming a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan.

In this exclusive clip, Lady Mountbatten plans for an elaborate gathering at the House, one that she hopes will allow her to meet and interact with India’s women. She also expresses her concern at the widespread illiteracy in the country, along with its infant mortality rate.

“Sometimes we must accept what we cannot change,” her husband counters, something the Lady quickly shrugs off.

“India’s problems are not just political, they are social and economic,” she says, reminding him of the legacy the British must leave.

Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi and Lily Travers costar in the film, released in the UK on March 3 after premiering at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on February 12, and it’s also one of the final English-language films to feature Om Puri, who died last week at the age of 66.

The film is a personal one for director Gurinder Chadha, whose work includes Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging — her ancestors were caught up in the displacement.

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Harper’s Baazar (UK) December Scans

Gillian was featured in the December issue of Harper’s Baazar (UK) with the nomination of ‘Television Icon’ during the 2016 Women of the Year awards. The (gorgeous!) photoshoot was already in the gallery; I’ve now added scans. Enjoy!

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Harper’s Bazaar (UK) – December

Actress Gillian Anderson says horror of child trafficking cast her in real-life role

Feted for playing an FBI agent in “The X-Files” tackling the supernatural, actress Gillian Anderson has cast herself in the real-life role of an anti-slavery campaigner after being shocked at the scale of the problem.

Anderson said she had been unaware up to 46 million people globally were living as slaves, generating an estimated $150 billion in illegal profits a year, until she became involved in the film “Sold”.

Based on a book about a Nepali girl trapped in the sex trade, “Sold” follows 13-year-old Lakshmi as she fights to escape the red-light district of Kolkata, India.

In the film Anderson’s role is inspired by real-life U.S. photographer, Lisa Kristine, known for documenting victims of modern day slavery trafficked into forced labor, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude.

The film is being screened in London on Wednesday at Trust Women, an annual women’s rights and trafficking conference run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Describing slavery as a pandemic, Anderson said it was shocking that so many people are living as slaves today in every country across the globe, from India to the United States.

The Fall Season 4 Will Wait; Deleted Scene Hints Gillian Anderson’s Exit

The Fall sees renewal for a fourth instalment but it will take longer before it returns. Gillian Anderson is also rumored to exit the show along with Jamie Dornan.

BBC’s another darker crime television series The Fall recently concluded Season 3 by killing off actor Jamie Dornan. Dornan, who plays the serial killer Paul Spector, ended killing himself rather than facing justice.

Without A Villain?

Without a Paul Spector, Gillian Anderson’s calculating Detective Stella Gibson is incomplete. In addition, the finale episode ignited rumors on the series heading for a cancellation despite leaving cliffhangers open for a Season 4.

Furthermore, the Fifty Shades actor confirmed his exit from the series. More reports and speculations on the series being cancelled spread online.

According to Romper, The Fall creator Allan Cubitt opened up about his plans on continuing for Season 4. The creator assured viewers that the series could continue without Jamie Dornan.

Cubitt released in an interview, “I don’t think I’m giving much away in saying it’s Jamie’s last season. But that’s not to say that we wouldn’t do more of The Fall.” He furthered that he already had some thoughts for Season 4, but it will have to wait.

In his exact words, “I’m quite keen on doing other things as well, so it’s not going to be straight away.” It looks like viewers will still have to wait longer for The Fall if it gets renewed.

Gillian Anderson To Leave?

At present, updates reveal that Gillian Anderson will also exit the series. While there is no official word yet on the rumor, a deleted scene from Season 3 finale hints Anderson’s potential departure.

In the deleted scene, Stella Gibson is saying her goodbye and packing her things as if she is leaving Belfast. Watch the deleted scene below.

With Paul Spector gone and possibly Stella Gibson, will there really be a Season 4? Lacy Moore confirmed it in Irish Mirror. The Irish actress even revealed she already signed up for one and is reprising her role as Lisa Benedetto.

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