FOX execs confirm talks to bring back ‘The X-Files’

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LOS ANGELES — We may not have seen the last of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Fox Television Group co-chairmen and CEOs Gary Newman and Dana Walden confirmed rumors on Saturday that the network is interested in reviving the hit science fiction drama, “The X-Files.” The hit series, which starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as a pair of paranormal investigators, ran for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002.

“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on ‘X-Files,'” Newman said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

“We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.”

The comments at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour were widely reported by such outlets as Variety, Entertainment Weekly and Deadline.

Walden said Fox had kept up good relations with creator Chris Carter and the co-stars.

“We’re very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.”

Some fans saw the announcement as evidence of the success of Twitter hashtag campaign #XFiles2015. Anderson recently encouraged “X-philes” to keep the hashtag going.

The network has had some success in reviving old series. “Family Guy,” which originally ran from 1999 to 2002, has been a hit since it was brought back in 2005. Critics and viewers raved over the summer 2014 reboot of “24” — so much so that Fox has said it would be interested in continuing that series with or without star Kiefer Sutherland.

The network was full of news on Saturday, announcing new seasons for hit series “Empire,” “Gotham” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Casting will also begin for “Grease Live” and horror comedy “Scream Queens.”

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