Fox eyeing reboot of ‘X-Files,’ ‘Prison Break’

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Fox Wants To Bring Back ‘The X-Files’.

The fourth-place network’s co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman told TV reporters at Saturday’s press tour that they’re in early talks to bring back “The X-Files” and they’d resurrect “Prison Break” “in a heartbeat.” “It’s been reported and it’s true that we’ve had some conversations on the ‘The X-Files,’” Newman said about the Chris Carter-created sci-fi drama that capped off a nine-season run in 2002. Jan 13. 2014: Kiefer Sutherland (R), executive producer and actor, speaks on the return of “24: Live Another Day” with actress Mary Lynn Rajskub during Fox Broadcasting Company’s part of the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter 2014 presentations in Pasadena, California (Reuters) At the TCA Winter Press Tour Fox presentation, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman hinted that the network may not be done with the Kiefer Sutherland fan-favorite show, “24.” At the conference, he addressed the series, which was brought back this past year for 12 episodes with “Live Another Day.” The Fox exec implied though there are no plans yet to bring Sutherland’s show back, the network isn’t ready to close that door completely. “24,’ we have no current plans [to bring it back] though we are in discussions,” he said. “And we would love nothing more than to do another ’24.’” “24” originally ran from 2001 to 2010, and when the show signed off there was plenty of talk of a movie being in the works.The network has had two big successes – Gotham and Empire, both renewed for new seasons, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine – and several failures, including Gracepoint, Red Band Society, Mulaney and reality disaster Utopia. DePaul University alum Gillian Anderson (“Crisis,” “The Fall”) and David Duchovny (“Californication”) starred as FBI special agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. Though the film hasn’t come into fruition, the limited return of the series in 2014 drew scores of viewers and reignited rumors that movie or a return of the series was coming soon.

After years of leading among young adults, thanks mainly to the now-flagging American Idol, it now ranks fourth in that measure and among all viewers, down 8% in both categories. Newman added that after the success of the “24” reboot, there was interest in bringing back several other past hits, such as “Prison Break” and “The X-Files.” He said nothing had been arranged yet, but there were discussions in the works.

Part of that mission including rebooting former hits: They confirmed interest in rekindling The X-Files, one of the show’s early hits, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, though early talks with producer Chris Carter have been more logistical than practical, with no story or schedule set. But there are ongoing conversations happening.” Meanwhile, ahead of Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell’s reunion on Tuesday’s episode of The Flash, Newman said Fox is open to discussions about bringing back Prison Break, on which Miller and Purcell starred as brothers wrapped up in a conspiracy. However, he admitted that news of the rumored in-the-works return, which some news outlets reported this week, was “slightly news to us.” But Newman said, “We’ve made it clear over the years that we’d bring Prison Break back in a heartbeat … It’d be the perfect event series.” The only wrinkle, of course, is that the return would likely have to be a prequel. (Five-year-old spoiler alert: Miller’s Michael Scofield dies in the 2009 conclusion of the series.) Do you agree? Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.” Anderson, who played Agent Scully on the show, recently sparked fervor after expressing her desire for a series reboot during a Nerdist Podcast interview.

She also has a pivotal recurring role as Hannibal Lecter’s psychiatrist in NBC’s Hannibal, and has picked up several other projects in addition to writing a science fiction series of her own. Later, comedies Weird Loners and Last Man on Earth, starring Will Forte, arrives, followed by summer thriller Wayward Pines, a Twin Peaks-style mystery starring Matt Dillon. Duchovny, whose role as Agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder inspired extraterrestrial believers across the globe, is kicking off a new show on NBC this spring titled Aquarius, about the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.

Among current series, Walden says she’s hopeful Bones will return, pending renegotiation of stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel’s contracts, which expire in May, and promised a “recalibration” of Sleepy Hollow, a promising 2013 newcomer that hit a sophomore slump last fall thanks to an overly serialized, sometimes confusing show. “We’re trying to return the fun to it a little bit,” says Walden, adding later that the show, if renewed, will likely shift production to Atlanta from Wilmington, N.C., after North Carolina tax breaks expired. While the X-Files talks are in the very early stages, perhaps the negotiators will be inspired by the recent resurgence of another cult ’90s series, Twin Peaks, which was recently picked up by Showtime for a third season in 2016, 25 years after its 1991 cancellation. She says New Girl is “very” likely to come back, though the fate of The Mindy Project will rest on the show’s performance in this season’s back half, and pilot vying to replace it.

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