News Briefs: The X-Files' Chris Carter Is Returning to TV

THE BEST NEWS

... [Tim whistles The X-Files theme] Chris Carter, creator of the Fox smash The X-Files, is returning to television after a long absence. He's working with MRC (the production company that infamously rented a night's worth of TV space from The CW a few seasons back) on a project of his own; the show is a mystery with a central female character. Carter's The X-Files helped pave the way for sci-fi on network TV and popularized serial/case-of-the-week hybrids. Carter also mentored Vince Gilligan, who created the best show on television, Breaking Bad. Welcome back, Chris! [Deadline Hollywood]

... There was only one series premiere last night: ABC's comedy Suburgatory. With positive reviews backing it up, it drew 9.81 million people and a 3.3 rating, improving on its established lead-in The Middle. Good start for a good new show. [TV By the Numbers]

... I know you're eager to get the kids out of the house and live out your senior years by playing Bridge, tanning, and RVing, but Parenthood is lasting a little bit longer. NBC has ordered two more episodes of the family drama, bringing its current season total to 24. [Deadline Hollywood]

... It's just a guess, but Stetsons and spurs might be quite trendy next fashion season. Fox has joined every other TV network in putting a Western into development, this one about the legendary Wyatt Earp. Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Transformers, Fringe) are producing. Fox also bought a comedy called The Good Life, about a guy who dates things. I mean people. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Oh my dog. Disney Channel has ordered a pilot called Dog With a Blog, about a talking dog who has his own blog. I know you probably picked up on that from the show title, but it's so incredibly awesome I had to say it FOR REAL. It's about a dog who blogs! On his computer! Did you hear me? It's a DOG WHO BLOGS! And there's gonna be a television show about it! How long before the dog starts posting sexy pics of himself on Twitter like Miley Cyrus does? [Deadline Hollywood]

... NBC is working on an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard short story from the same collection as the short story that inspired Justified. This series will follow a Colombian mail-order bride who become a killer. And it'll probably be only a fraction as good as it could be if it were on FX. [Deadline Hollywood]


THE CASTING NEWS

... Debi Mazar will guest-star on ABC Family's "sitcom" Melissa & Joey. Mazar just finished up her role on Entourage, so I guess she's moving up. (Take that, Entourage.) [TV Line]

... Dillon Casey has been promoted to series regular on Nikita. He plays Sean Pierce on the action drama. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Some girl named Jacqueline Laurita is quitting some show called The Real Housewives of New York City. [People]

... If you were worried that John Francis Daley might not appear on Bones spin-off The Finder, you can stop worrying. [TV Line]

... Fred Armisen has invited a bunch of his friends to guest-star on his IFC comedy Portlandia. Among them are Tim Robbins, Jack McBrayer, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Penny Marshall, and Amber Tamblyn. That's an all-star cast of people putting birds on things! [IFC via press release]


THE BREAST NEWS

... Holly Madison, who found fame by getting naked and being one of The Girls Next Door, has insured her gazoombahs for one million dollars. [EW]

... A mysterious envelope of white powder that was sent to Dancing With the Stars is a hoax, officials say. What does that have to do with breasts? Uh, well, Nancy Grace is still denying her alleged "wardrobe malfunction" from Monday's episode, so there's that. [ABC Local]


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well i guess there wont be an xfiles 3 movie since he is working on something else..and lets be honest we dont want an xfiles return.... we all just want a proper ending a great movie will do!!!
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Bring back agent mulder and scully...



PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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If only hi plans is to bring back X files for a proper ending.
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Chris Carter's been out of the TV game for 9 years now and his last project was of course "X-Files: I Want To Believe" which had mixed opinions (For me It was just one of those stand-alone episodes of the X-Files) so I'll definitely check out his new show whenever it arrives on the tube.
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I miss Harsh Realm so bad AND The X-Files!
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I happy about the Parenthood news.
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It will be interesting to see what Chris Carter has to bring when he comes back.
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Great news about Chris Carter, The X Files was one of my favorite TV shows. I just hope he gets the financial backing he needs to create his new show.



Suburgatory was good, so I'll be watching that from now on.
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Definitely looking forward to Chris Carter's new series. No doubt the "mystery with a central female character" will be a huge improvement over the (so far) boring Ringer.



Also, a few other sites (including your own source) report that Parenthood is up to 18 episodes, not 24. It deserves a full season, and I'm really glad NBC is showing a sign of good faith for once.
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I'm excited to see Chris Carter back, as long as the show he is creating is good. If it's not, then I'm not excited.



(Wow, that was a completely pointless comment.)
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So, basically, what you're saying is Chris Carter helped pave the way for shows such as Fringe and Breaking Bad to be created. I have only one response to this revelation. Why have there not been more bronze statues forged in his image?
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Chris Carter. Now that's a guy who knows how to write a good TV show. Good to see him back.
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What about the X-Files movie? 2012 is almost here!
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In fact tooooooooooooooooo close, it would take a least two years to get it made.

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