Episode one will be shown at the east coast Comic Con event over three months ahead of its TV debut
The first episode of The X-Files‘ revival series is to premiere at New York Comic Con next month.
The special advanced screening will take place at Manhattan’s Javits Center on October 10, followed by a panel and Q&A session featuring the show’s star David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter. Silicon Valley actor Kumail Nanjiani, who has a guest role in the six-episode “event series”, will preside over the post-screening discussion.
The first episode, titled ‘My Struggle’, will premiere in New York more than three months before it airs on TV. Fox has recently announced that it will air episode one of the event series on Sunday, January 25, followed by episode two on Monday, January 26. The remaining four episodes of the event series will air on Fox on subsequent Monday nights. At present, the event series has yet to be picked up by a UK broadcaster.
Joining David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in the event series are Mitch Pileggi, who is reprising his role as FBI boss Walter Skinner, and William B. Davis, who is returning as Mulder and Scully’s nemesis ‘The Smoking Man’. Fan favourites The Lone Gunmen are now confirmed to be returning too.
Meanwhile, Community‘s Joel McHale has been cast as a conservative web TV news anchor and Flight Of The Conchords‘ Rhys Darby will play a man suspected by Mulder to be the perpetrator of a series of animal attacks. Six Feet Under‘s Lauren Ambrose and The Flash actor Robbie Amell will also make guest appearances during the event series.
Fox has recently released a brief teaser for the event series – watch it here.
The cult sci-fi show originally aired on Fox for nine seasons between 1993 and 2002 and also spawned a pair of spin-off films, released in 1998 and 2008. Fox first revealed in January of this year that it was having “conversations” about reviving the much-loved series.