About Laurice Fattal

Co-founder of the NYC-Based improv comedy troupes Eight is NEVER Enough and Improv 4 Kids. Producer of short films with LMAONYC and off-broadway productions.

X-Files BTS Photos from Mitch Pileggi

If you’re trying to stay spoiler-free for The-X-files Season 11 don’t worry– These BTS pics are safe. For those that aren’t staying spoiler-free, there are a lot of photos floating around the internets from outside. At some point we will make a spoiler-alert post with everything we’ve seen online so far.

Thanks to Mitch Pileggi for sharing. We can’t wait to see what Skinner is up to in S11.

We have chairs for our favorite trio – Scully, Mulder & Skinner

And we have Brick along with some human legs and feet.. It appears (spoiler alert!!) the chairs are being sat in..

Excited yet Philes? We are.

The X-Files Season 11: More Casting/Characters Announced

We learned two new pieces of information today about who will be joining Mulder, Scully and Skinner in Season 11.  The first was confirmation Agents Miller and Einstein will be returning. The second was the addition of actress Barbara Hershey–who will be playing a new character in the series. 

The X-Files Season 11: Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose Returning
By Michael Ausiello / August 14 2017, 12:29 PM PDT

The X-Files is bringing back Mulder and Scully 2.0 for Season 11.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose(Six Feet Under) have signed on to reprise their roles as Agents Miller and Einstein in the series’ latest revival (set to bow on Fox in early 2018). It remains unclear how many of Season 11’s 10 episodes they will appear in.

The pair made their X-Files debut in last year’s six-episode revival as FBI special agents who bore more than a passing resemblance to David Duchovny’s Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Scully. (Amell’s Miller was open to nontraditional ideas and explanations, while Ambrose’s Agent Einstein — a redheaded doctor who chose to make her career in the Bureau — was far more interested in solving mysteries by using clear-cut, irrefutable science.)

There was buzz that Fox and series creator Chris Carter briefly toyed with (but ultimately jettisoned) the idea of launching an X-Files spinoff centered on Miller and Einstein, something Carter neither confirmed not denied. For her part, Ambrose sidestepped the spinoff chatter when we spoke to her last year. “All I know is it was a great place to work and I would love to do more,” she said at the time. “I love working with Chris and David and Gillian. They’re all amazing, talented people… and I would like nothing more than to do more.”



From: Deadline

‘The X-Files’: Barbara Hershey Joins Season 11 Of Fox Series

by Nellie Andreeva
August 14, 2017 2:37pm

Barbara Hershey has been tapped for a recurring role on the 10-episode eleventh season of the Fox sci-fi drama The X-Files and second as an event series, following last season’s six-season revival.

Oscar-nominated Hershey will play Erika Price, a powerful figure who represents a mysterious organization. She joins returning stars David Duhovny and Gillian Anderson and co-star Mitch Pileggi.

Hershey recently co-starred on the A&E drama series Damien and has been recurring on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Her feature credits include the Insidious franchise andBlack Swan. Hershey is repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Impression Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.


The X-Files adds female Writers & Directors for Season 11

Source: https://www.tvinsider.com/336173/fox-tca-the-x-files-season-11-adds-female-writers/

Fox at TCA: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Adds Female Writers
Marisa Roffman August 08, 2017 3:08 pm

The X-Files has added two female writers to its Season 11 staff.


In the aftermath of controversy over creator Chris Carter’s writing team for the series being solely male, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden told reporters during a Television Critics Association summer press tour session on Tuesday that there are actually a number of women penning scripts for the upcoming season.

“Chris has assigned two women episodes [to do]—two of the 10 episodes will be written by women,” Walden said. (Per the show’s studio 20th Century Fox Television, there are actually three female writers: “Karen Nielson will write one episode and Kristen Cloke and Shannon Hamblin will be writing another episode based on a story by Glen Morgan.”) “We do have two female directors. I think Chris is making moves in the right direction.”

“I don’t want to make any excuses for anyone, I just want to explain,” Walden continued. “After 200-plus episodes of a show that has a very specific mythology, where the fan base has a very high expectation that the episodes are going to deliver, that there are going to be Easter eggs…the tendency is to want to rely on the people who helped you make the original when you’re just making 10 episodes. The group that was with Chris for a very long time just happened to be male writers.”

Walden also noted that per her understanding, the hiring of the women wasn’t in reaction to the news; they were hired prior to the all-male writers’ room news breaking.

The new season—which will have 10 episodes, compared to the six hours in Season 10—will be book-ended by episodes that dive into the series’ complex mythology. “The first episode will be mythology…there will be eight, more or less, standalone stories, and then the tenth episode will be [mythology],” Fox Broadcasting Company President David Madden said. “We will touch on the mythology a little bit in the eight, but they will be standalone episodes.”

And though production has just started on Season 11, Walden raved about the quality of the script of the opening hour after the panel. “I think Chris is really excited…there’s certainly no reason he had to do this,” she said. “He’s wildly successful, and it wasn’t about the money…everyone has seen the first script and it’s excellent. It’s a really good starting place for the show.”

The X-files Season 11 will be Mostly Stand Alone Episodes

Source: http://ew.com/tv/2017/08/08/x-files-largely-ditching-mythology-episodes-next-season/

The X-Files largely ditching mythology episodes next season


Fox has taken the hint: The X-Files is going to largely avoid its wildly complex mythology episodes next season.

The return of the sci-fi hit for the 2018 season contains 10 episodes, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back on board. A full of eight of them will be stand-alone episodes, Fox entertainment chairman David Madden promises. The move comes after last year’s revival received hugely split reviews, with the mythology episodes getting slammed by critics while the stand-alone mysteries were praised.

“We’re really proud of last season,” Madden says. “We had the responsibility to explain to the audience what had happened in the intervening seven or eight years. We’re free from that responsibility this time and can just plunge in and tell the stories. We’re having a lot of fun doing it. Eight of the episodes will be stand-alone stories so they will be classic ‘Mulder and Scully plunging into new adventures.’”

During its original 1990s-era run, The X-Files had a mix of mythology shows and stand-alone episodes. Yet as the years continued and the show went into eight and nine seasons, its increasingly tangled mythology seemed to stop making much sense as producers tried to find new twists.

Madden also teased a bit about season 11’s storyline. “We start the season right up from where the season finale left off with that big helicopter and takes you right from there,” he says. “You’ll be launched into a very urgent adventure that has a lot to do with William — Mulder and Scully’s kid. so the search for William will be a significant thread through the show. You will see the Cigarette Smoking Man [William B. Davis]. You may see The Lone Gunmen somewhere along the line. There will be other characters from the previous mythology that will be reprised.”

The return of The X-Files in 2016 after 14 years off the air was a ratings smash for Fox, representing one of the few rebooted/revival titles by networks that have worked (unlike, say, the return of Prison Break and the launch of 24: Legacyearlier this year). Next on Fox’s revival agenda: A potential King of the Hill revival.

Tweet Your Questions to @DavidDuchovny – AMA for Pledge Music

David will be answering your questions on Pledge Music Friday, August 11th.
Tweet  your questions ALL WEEK to @DavidDuchovny via twitter with the hashtag #PledgeAMA


If you haven’t pre-ordered David’s next album – Every Third Thought, you can make your Pledge to get access to exclusive content and updates on the upcoming release.

Also, in case you missed it, guess where David is? Yup.

The X-Files is scheduled to begin shooting in Vancouver next week.

Give a Gift to Charity for David’s Birthday

David’s birthday is on August 7th

Target Zero: http://www.target-zero.org/

Unicef: https://www.unicef.org/

Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ 

D’Addario Foundation: http://www.daddariofoundation.org/


David Duchovny at San Diego Comic Con – Video From Audible Panel

X-Files Panel: David Duchovny and Dirk Maggs (Comic Con International: San Diego 2017)

A conversation with The X-Files: Cold Cases star David Duchovny and producer Dirk Maggs, moderated by Kat Lambrix of Audible Studios. Messrs. Duchovny and Maggs discuss revisiting the rich, sonic tapestry of the X-Files universe; what it means to tell more of Mulder and Scully’s story in this Audible Original drama; and how fans can join the duo’s investigations and experience them like never before by putting on a pair of headphones. Cold Cases is available exclusively from Audible: http://www.audible.com/xfiles

David Duchovny Audible Panel at SDCC

Some Tweets from The Internets from fans attending the SDCC Audible Panel with David

EW: David Duchovny explains why he won’t be writing for The X-Files season 11

If Mulder invites Scully for another round of late-night baseball when The X-Files returns for its 11th season, David Duchovny won’t be the writer behind the magic.

Duchovny has confirmed to EW that he will not be writing or directing for The X-Files in its next 10-episode season, though that’s not for lack of trying. “I always say if I have an idea, I would love to write and direct it,” Duchovny says.

The X-Files star was no stranger to the creative process during the series’ original run. Duchovny wrote and directed two episodes — season 6’s “The Unnatural” and season 7’s “Hollywood A.D.” — and collaborated with series creator Chris Carter and writer Howard Gordon (Homeland) on the stories of four episodes in the sci-fi drama’s second and third seasons. In addition, Duchovny returned to the show after departing as a regular to direct a pivotal episode near the end of the ninth season, shortly before what was then the series finale.

The actor tells EW that Carter offered him the chance to write and direct in season 11, but it didn’t come together. “I had an idea that I was toying with, which is actually a movie idea,” Duchovny says, “and I was trying to figure out if I could transpose it into being an X-File. Because then you have to add two characters that demand a lot of time, Mulder and Scully. And you have to tell it in 45 minutes, so you’ve got to shrink it in half while adding two major characters. And in the end, I couldn’t see how it would work.”

Time constraints added to the complication. Even though the Fox drama’s upcoming 10-episode run is four episodes longer than season 10, which aired as an event series in 2016, Duchovny hesitated to minimize his character’s involvement in so much of the story.

“If I’m going to direct a show,” he explains, “it necessitates that I’m very light in the [previous episode] so I can prep it, and it necessitates that I’m somewhat light in the show afterwards, so that I can do post. So really what I’m asking for, if I’m directing an X-File, is, Okay, you’re doing 10, but I’ve got to be light in three out of those 10. And that’s just not fair, really.”

Seven writers for the new season — including vets like Carter, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong, all of whom wrote for season 10 — were announced in June. Each of season 10’s six episodes was directed by its writer; Fox has not yet confirmed EW’s inquiries as to whether every season 11 writer is also set to direct.

“Chris was very generous in asking me to do it,” Duchovny says. “I hope I didn’t disappoint him by not coming through, but I’ll just be acting.”

As for what he’ll be acting in, Duchovny says (as of his conversation with EW on July 14) he hasn’t seen a script — and that’s not for lack of trying, either.

“I text Chris every day nudging him to send me whatever he’s got,” he says. “I’m supposed to get something very soon. Maybe today. Maybe tomorrow.”

The X-Files season 11 begins production in Vancouver later this summer.

THE X-FILES:  David Duchovny in the "Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster" episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co.  Cr:  Ed Araquel/FOX

THE X-FILES: David Duchovny in the “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-monster” episode of THE X-FILES airing Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ed Araquel/FOX

David Duchovny on how The X-Files: Cold Cases ’embraced the humor’ of the show

The FBI’s most unwanted agents are back on the case.

In new audio drama The X-Files: Cold Cases, available today on Audible, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who are pulled back into the field when a data breach at FBI headquarters gives a mysterious group access to their old case files. And the resulting investigation brings them into contact with a number of old friends: In addition to Duchovny and Anderson, original cast members Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), and Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood (the Lone Gunmen) all return.

“Since we started 24 years ago, there have been so many iterations of the show and so many different kinds of expressions of the show,” Duchovny tells EW. “I remember way back when, I was so pleased that there was a comic book. Like, ‘Oh my god, it’s a comic book for The X-Files! Now I can retire.’”

It’s fitting, then, that Cold Cases is based on a series of graphic novels by Joe Harris, with creative direction from X-Files creator Chris Carter. The stories were adapted for audio by producer Dirk Maggs, who will appear with Duchovny on a July 22 panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

In advance of that panel, EW caught up with Duchovny to get the scoop on what it was like to reimagine Mulder’s dry humor over audio.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How was this project pitched to you?
DAVID DUCHOVNY: As technology progresses, as the way in which people purchase and digest a product has changed, now I’m no longer surprised at whatever form a beloved show, or a show that people want to see, takes. Also, the last few years, I’ve kind of gotten into podcasts myself, and even though this is not quite a podcast, it feels a little like that… So it just made sense to me. When it was pitched to me I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It reminded me of — I also will sometimes listen to old-time radio programming in my car, you know, old-time serials like The Shadow, shows like that. Even though I’m not quite that old that I grew up listening to them. But if for some reason my car is tuned into the station, it’s kind of riveting. It’s in between an audiobook and a radio play.

Were you familiar with the particular comics that this audiobook is based on?
No, I’m happy that there are comics, but I’ve never read them. But I was impressed by the writing and the grasp of the character. The truth of the matter is there really haven’t been that many writers on The X-Files over the 24 years. Even going into this new season, it’s a lot of the same people, which is a testament to Chris’ loyalty and his taste, really. Once you venture out of that, I certainly would be afraid sometimes that people wouldn’t get it. But I think they had a really good grasp of the character and of the kinds of stories, of the humor, which is another challenge to do when it’s just your voice and it’s not your full expressive repertoire.

Did that change your approach to Mulder as a character at all?
A little bit… You tend to, I don’t want to say over-act, but you tend to maybe push a little harder, because your voice is really the only thing that’s going to carry whatever it is that you’re trying to express. The best part of it is that I didn’t have to memorize all that crap [Laughs]. I can just read it right off the page and sound like an intelligent person.

Obviously The X-Files continues to be relevant in 2017. Was there anything about this story that felt especially timely to you?
I think the science is up to date, and that was always one of the interesting things about The X-Files. As science has progressed in the last 24 years, as technology has progressed, obviously, in the last 24 years, a show like The X-Files was able to embrace that and even push it a little further into what may be coming in the next five or 10 years. I think that’s one of the reasons why a show like The X-Files has continued on. The last movie that we did [The X-Files: I Want to Believe] in 2008, that was a head transplant! Or an attempted head transplant. Which sounds ridiculous, and you laugh, and I laugh when I say the term “head transplant,” but at this point, I don’t think it’s very far off. So we go from ridiculous science fiction to science.

You’ve talked in the past about how easy it is for you to slip back into character when you’re acting opposite Gillian Anderson. How was it recording as Mulder when you weren’t opposite Gillian?
It’s very similar. I mean, at this point, [Mulder is] a character that I can just kind of feel physically in and of myself. And if the writing is in character, if the writing makes sense character-wise, then it’s easy. And I think what these guys got was, they embraced the humor that Mulder can bring, so I’m always gung-ho for that. It was a different challenge to be able to do it — I could never have a deadpan humorous side to him. The deadpan is taken away from me on audio. So I guess he may be a little less deadpan to sell whatever jokes are coming his way.

Did you have any recording sessions with other cast members, or was it all solo?
All solo. All three blocks from my house. They couldn’t have made it easier for me. The directors and producers that I worked with were super energetic and into it. It can get a little airless if it’s just you sitting in a room reading stuff, so they were very smart. They know how to keep the energy up.

The X-Files: Cold Cases is available for download now at Audible.com/xfiles. Listen to a clip of Duchovny and Pileggi above, and see a photo of Duchovny in the studio.