Fox Teases པ’ Revival Devoid of Kiefer Sutherland As Well As ‘X-Files’ And …

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

Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman today confirmed that the network is in very early talks for a new installment of Chris Carter’s iconic cult drama that ran from 1993 to 2002. 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.Besides placing high hopes on a new show from “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, network executives told TV writers at the TCA press tour Saturday they are talking with Simon Cowell and the creators of past Fox hits “24” and “X-Files.” Newman acknowledged that Fox has been “ratings-challenged” the last couple of years, and admitted it would take “hard work” to overtake CBS, ABC and NBC. The possibility of a limited series, similar to Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, was raised during a Q&A at Fox’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, according to Variety. 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.

— After the success it saw from resurrecting Jack Bauer and co. for another installment of 24, Fox is looking to bring back two more popular properties, the heads of Fox’s TV group confirmed Saturday. In general, Walden said, they would like to tweak the network’s image to include more family-friendly reality shows like “American Idol” and “MasterChef Junior.” But Fox also wants “a balance,” she said, and as if to emphasize that point, she and Newman announced renewals for three very different kinds of programs: the big music-business drama “Empire,” the “Batman” origin story “Gotham” and the sitcom “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” Walden expressed optimism about working out contracts for another season of “Bones,” and said “we’re waiting a bit” on deciding whether to bring “Sleepy Hollow” back. “We’re making some creative adjustments (on ‘Sleepy Hollow’),” said Walden. “We think it may have become a little too serialized, so we’re going to give it more procedural content. Fox Television Group chairmen-CEO Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who replaced Kevin Reilly last fall and continue to run the 20th Century Fox Television studio, said a rebuild will take time, and said they plan to be “big and bold, risky and different” in their programming choices, as Newman put it, still catering to a broad audience.

The show is a tricky balance.” The new co-bosses, who took over in a shakeup five months ago, said they are “incredibly excited” about their star-scripted show this summer, “Wayward Pines.” Michele was announced as a “Scream Queens” star Saturday, along with Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer. David, who played Mulder, has an upcoming NBC event series, Aquarius, while Gillian, as Scully, has a recurring role on NBC’s Hannibal and both would have to fulfill those contracts before committing to anything else. ‘I need to wrap my brain around what that would entail,’ she said. ‘I live in London. Walden was careful to say that the talks thus far have been “logistical” in nature, as the program’s return hinges on whether its two stars, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, would be willing and available to pick it up again. 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.

They’ve also been pitched a new limited 24 series for 2016, though Kiefer Sutherland, who starred as Jack Bauer, may not be part of the equation this time around. 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 … Walden and Newman said their “first call” when they took their new gigs was to Murphy, who had moved into edgier cable dramas like “American Horror Story.” He said there is “nothing to announce yet” from conversations with Cowell, who is a symbol of Fox’s glory days from his time as a judge on the early seasons of Fox had modest success with a revived short-run series of “24” last year, and Newman said “we would love” to do it again – though here, too, he said nothing is imminent. 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. 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. 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.

Walden brushed aside a question about whether Terence Howard’s well-publicized off-air behavior issues had been a factor for Fox when he was cast in both “Empire” and “Wayward Pines.” 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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