EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK (MY REVIEW BELOW)

ABOUT THE X-FILES: EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD

One the most beloved TV shows of all time is now a sweet, silly, sci-fi bedtime story! In The X Files: Earth Children Are Weird, best pals Dana (Scully) and Fox (Mulder) have pitched a tent in the backyard for a sleepover. But the night is full of strange sounds, lights, and shadows. Surely there’s a rational, scientific explanation for everything . . . or is there? With beautiful illustrations of pint-sized Dana and Fox, this humorous and not-scary-at-all story will introduce the cult TV show to an entire new generation of fans.

Hardcover | $18.99
Published by Quirk Books
Aug 15, 2017 | 40 Pages | 9 x 11 | 4-8 years| ISBN 9781594749797Earth Children

EARTH CHILDREN ARE WEIRD – X-FILES PICTURE BOOK – MY REVIEW

Clearly I am five years old because this maybe one of my favorite things from X-Files team in years. Maybe because i can almost see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson acting this out like a sketch in my head. Maybe because in an odd way this short picture book has more mythology material than the 2008 movie and 2015 Season 10.

I question whether kids can appreciate this book as much as me, without my reference of 24 years of X-Files fandom in their past .

I am sure my 9yo niece will love this. Overhearing her mother, my sister, binge watch the show on Netflix the past few years, somehow Reilly knows about Mulder looking for his sister. Clearly she is more than just eaves dropping, right?

I do fear a number of shippers out there are having a field day with Dana hosting Fox for a sleep over – especially as we see them ascend the stairs to sleep inside, after a backyard camping date goes awry.

As kids’ books goes, I feel I have seen this story before. Scully takes on the role of Bud Abbott to Mulder’s Lou Costello.  It’s cute and effective.

If anything my biggest critique is that it’s too short. The book feels like an episode of a comic that, upon reaching the last page, one thinks, wow I spent a lot of money for a few pages and an incomplete story. I want more and would prefer the graffic novel in its entity than episodic pages – only so I can save by buying pages in bulk.

If you are a fan and have some kids, OR like me ARE a big kid, check this picture story out.

And for MSR fans….

Earth Children

Am I the only one hearing George Takei in my head right now?

X-Files Talk: Why 6-episode Season Every Two Years is Perfect!

Talking X-Files and Why I Think 6-episode Season is Perfect!

editorial by Walt Frasier follow via twitter @waltfrasier

I had a very interesting conversation yesterday. I was returning from set for a new HBO show filming on Long Island. Wrapped early, I had a private van ride back to Manhattan with another actor and a few stacks of costumes headed back to wardrobe in Brooklyn after our midtown drop-off.

The driver was a big sci-fi fan with a special place in his heart for X-Files. As a 1990’s teenager he watched The X-Files with his dad. (How many 30 something Philes can relate to that?) He does not watch a lot of TV now, nor has he been to the movies in three years. As a teamster driver for numerous film/TV sets and father of a 2 year old, he catches up via online streaming on his phone as shows hit Netflix, Amazon, HBO go etc – in between rides for actors like me.

While stuck in the Queens parking lot approaching the midtown tunnel, he promised to watch Season 10 the second it hits Netflix.

Excited he asked, “Are we getting more? ” “When?” He has not seen Season 10 and already asking…

My response was “yes, 2018, I think.”

So that started an entirely new discussion, one based more in our mutual knowledge of the industry.

This morning, cleaning out gmail, I stumbled across the article “David Duchovny knows the X-Files revival’s problem: Not enough of it” on AV Club. This convinced me to share the argument I made yesterday…

When you break it down all TV, film, youtube, podcasts, music, etc are “content”. Producing is all about creating content, and that has three major steps – pre-production (writing, fundraising, contracting/casting), production (filming/recording, editing, including post-production here) and distribution (marketing and getting content to you via TV, online, movie screen etc).

Philes all know about fundraising with the 2008 movie. We (most of us) wanted another big Alien Mythology episode.  Big Alien movies cost $100 million. Chris got $30 million.

It would appear the money is not there to do Star Trek or Star Wars every 2-3 years. That would take 100 million views. We delivered about 10 million.

X-FilesI think at this point in time a full X-Files series that includes David and Gillian is never going to happen. Both stars have other projects, kids and live outside LA/Vancouver. Neither is a hungry 20-30 something actor willing to give their lives 150% to a single project for 30 weeks/year.

I bet there have been numerous talks at FOX about how could one do X-Files without David & Gillian. Not that they want to cut out out faves, but how not to be held hostage by stars’ schedules and whims. But I think Seasons 8 & 9 of the original show, as well as the nature of the true fans, X-Files is all about Mulder & Scully, which can only be David & Gillian. No matter how hard Chris tries, his characters are far bigger than his stories. Slipping in some young hot look a likes was a total #FAIL in 2016, even as a joke. We are not CW types, right? So far FOX gets it. For now…

Chris really likes doing monster of the week.

The six episode season every two years makes complete sense.

Think about the intense online chatter throughout 2015 that built the audience for the January 2016 season. In 2002 we all needed a break – cast, crew and fans. 9 seasons of 20+ episodes is very hard to maintain. But by 2008 we were more than ready for more. By 2016 we were starving. By March 2016 we were “WTF?” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!” “WE WANT MORE!”… rioting in the streets… Sorry, I got carried away there…

But am I the only one on February 22, 2016 at 9pm that screamed at the TV “FU MR. CARTER!!!” We are DEMANDING more…

If we could get another dose every two years like Trekkies and Fanboys (Star Wars – we need a new less sexist fan name), we would get our fix. We would be happy with a movie every two years to learn what happens with this conspiracy. But with a six episode arc Chris can have his monster of the week stories. TV is the writers medium. (Film is for directors. Stage for actors.) For TV the writer runs the show, while directors come and go. Chris can shape his baby, reflecting the times – politics, scandals etc.

Meanwhile we flock to see Gillian and David on stage – acting and singing. We flocked to David talking about his novels, most of us actually reading them. We are watching their other projects. They realize the bump all their work gets from the X-Files fandom being satisfied (strung along lol). A summer shooting X-Files every two years delivers a nice paycheck every actor wants without the burnout every actor hates and the platform every artist needs to promote their other work.

WIN-WIN-WIN!!! (Production – Cast – Fans)

Now to make this work, LISTEN UP CHRIS!!!

  • X-FILES is MULDER & SCULLY. They don’t have to be married or lovers (Speaking for myself you crazy shippers lol) but they need to be together. Girl power Scully and young protege red head was weird. After 23 years, when we see two young look a likes, we don’t think “HA HA”, we think “WTF CHRIS?”. Jilted lovers? Yes! That’s a fair analogy. You have our love but need to earn our trust. We’ve been hurt too many times.
  • X-FILES should be PERFECT for 6-episodes. NO EXCUSE for BABYLON. You don’t have to write 20 episodes pulling crap out of ass to get another week out. You have a team. Let that team play. Bring back Frank, Vince, Howard… At least consult Howard next time you take on terrorists. Call Vince regarding drugs. Those two guys could have solved all nonsense regarding s10e5. Take a cue from Lucas. You are the Genius. But let the minions translate your genius to fully flesh out a perfect script.
  • MORE SKINNER. For many – FOR ME – best moment in 2008 was Skinner showing up to save Mulder. It should have been Skinner at CSM’s mansion February 22, 2016. Mitch is all over the map promoting this project. We love Mitch. Skinner is in the opening credits, but I think he appeared less than Season 1 this year. WTF?
  • Take a moment and think of an END GAME. The “WE HAVE BEEN WRONG ALL ALONG” thing has been played out too often already. I know the point is we can never truly now the true nature of a conspiracy, hence the very nature of the conspiracy theory nut. But as I tell my 10 year old comedy students, don’t tell, SHOW! Action much more interesting than discussion for most. Artsy fartsy cerebral shit is a snore to 95% of the population, no matter how much B-Roll you flash over the monologue of crazy conspiracy nuts. Even “NEVER ENDING STORY” had an end. I have met you. And even in that brief moment, I have seen the wink behind the twinkle. I get it. Now its your turn to get it. (Only exception, the conversation between David and Rhys. THAT is how you do “Dinner with Andre” for the masses. Two amazing performers with amazing writing about real issues. Message heard and entertained at same time. I could sat through that grave yard scene if it lasted two hours.)
  • I for one would love to see a sequel to Founders Mutation. I loved Disney’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and that brother/sister team was a fun throw back to that classic – not so much remake with Dwayne. Or the bigger point, there are a lot of unsolved cases out there from 202 episodes. Most did not get the happy ending Were-Lizard enjoyed. Tombs and Pusher got call backs. We barely got to know Kyle and Molly. Why reinvent the wheel?

So we will see you in 2018, and daily on twitter till then…

PS – EIGHT Episodes could be cool…

X-FILES 5 things FOX and Chris Carter needs to successfully deliver Season 11

We want Season 11. WE DO! But we need to clear the air. I had a blast the past six weeks. Even Babylon had many entertaining moments – unfortunately mixed with too many WTF moments.

As a fan of the X-Files and as an observer of the frenzy online with the fans and media. X-Files in many ways is the Trump / Bernie Sanders of TV in 2016. The buzz is HUGE, making America Great again, but at the same time no other show is more polarizing.

It’s 2016, NOT 1993. The world has changed. TV has changed.  Media viewing has changed. A few more things need to change if X-Files is going to be successful moving forward…

Listen to our PODCAST about My Struggle II and Season 10 recap.

 

X-FILES 5 things FOX and Chris Carter need to successfully deliver Season 11

by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

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    My Struggle 2

    IT’S 2016 NOT 1993
    Adopt a 2016-friendly 6-episode season arc. Every episode drives to a season finale resolution. You can still have a cliff hanger alluding to future problems. But there is a pay off for tuning in every week. You only have 6 hours to fill. No need to fill it with fluff. Especially following the Season 10 cliff hanger. You now have a possible post apocalyptic X-Files world with 80-90 percent of the population in decimation. X-Files does not need to become The Walking Dead, Falling Skies or even Independence Day. We may lose the Monster of the Week format, but not necessarily. Supernatural successfully delivers the X-Files mold after 11 Seasons. Sam and Dean are not always together but they always come back together. Each season has an overall plot arc. They hunt and part of their hunting is tackling the big Monster of the Season. Like Scully said, “I need to work!” Mulder & Scully can still deal with weekly problems while the season’s focus is in the back ground. Look at all the great short season content on cable and online. Great writing, directing and acting are being short changed old by 1993 tricks.

  2. Muslims

    Are those extras bearded WHITE guys as Muslim terrorists. So 1950s Cowboy and Indian movie-like.

    IT’S 2016 NOT 1993
    Treat ethnic characters, and the racists that hate them for all the wrong reasons, as real people. Terrorists are real people. In 2016, TV is more sophisticated, as is the audience. We expect more. We demand more. The only thing more two-dimensional than the Muslims in Babylon, are the toothless rednecks calling them “brownies.” Babylon wasted a lot of time on Mulder – Scully moments – as well as Miller-Einstein, Miller – Scully, Mulder-Einstein. I guess it makes sense My Struggle 2 was all about Scully – Einstein and a little Mulder-Miller. But there was plenty of time to investigate the greater community of Muslims. Instead of being great television, the episode seemed more like a commercial for Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim and Anti-Immigrant policies. Babylon should have been 2 separate episodes. Or simply remove the gimmick of Mulder & Scully’s younger doppelgangers – which landed SO FLAT – and deal with the problem at hand. Chris Carter truly missed the mark and a great chance at creating amazing TV.

  3. Mitch Pileggi

    Mitch and Me

    MORE MITCH PILEGGI.
    You have Walter Skinner in the opening credits. WHY? Skinner should have been the one to save Mulder from CSM. The only moment we (many of us) liked about 2008 movie was the Skinner-saving-Mulder moment. The way you used him in season 10, more like your bitch. Many of us Duchovniacs are also Mitch’s Bitches. Pileggi is nobody’s bitch!

  4. David Duchovny

    David and Me

    LEAVE MULDER & SCULLY ALONE!!!
    I don’t care if the are a couple or not. They clearly care for each other, and the reason they are not together as a couple this very moment is the only believable plot device of Season 10. I don’t even mind when you split them up in an episode because one is dying and the other has go find the cure. But if you lose David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the series focus, you will once again lose all of us that flaked off in Season 8 & 9. MULDER & SCULLY – as portrayed by David & Gillian are the heart and soul of this series. NO DUKES OF HAZARD moves Miller and Einstein.

  5. Chris Carter

    Chris and Me

    CHRIS CARTER NEEDS TO NEVER DIRECT OR WRITE ALONE AGAIN.
    I am sorry. I love Chris Carter. I met Chris(t) Carter in LA. I get Chris Carter. Chris Carter is the reason X-Files exists, and Chris Carter the greatest reason when X-Files fails. He is the George Lucas of our fandom- a genius visionary that should NEVER be allowed to direct his own scripts, or let any director see his scripts.
    FOX needs to pull a Disney, the way Disney bought out Lucas Films and Delivered a powerhouse in Force Awakens – not perfect but fewer flaws. Don’t replace Mulder and Scully. Replace Chris Carter with the other X-files writers that contributed to some of the best episodes – Darin Morgan, Vince Gilligan, Frank Spotnitz, Howard Gordon, James Wong, Glen Morgan…David Duchovny. Let Chris Executive Produce. Chris can even story board. But then let someone else deliver the actual words and direct. Time for the Master to learn from his apprentices that now are the masters of the shorter season.

I do not post above photos to brag. I post to show how personal this experience is. Not just for me but for millions of fans who – in one way or another – define themselves as X-Files Fans. It is more than entertainment. It is more than a distraction from work and life’s hardships. We love these characters. We love what X-Files can and should be. We are still here. There were some great moments the past six weeks. The past year has been a surreal roller coaster. But in many ways Season 10 was Chris Carter’s Phantom Menace. He knows the world he created but perhaps is not the best voice to translate his vision to us, the die-hard, paying public that demands more.

Here is a video we made last April when we first learned the news of the revival

And.. let’s not forget this parody of Chris Carter writing the actual revival

 

SUPERBOWL HALFTIME TEASER from #thexfiles #sb50 MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!

SUPERBOWL HALFTIME X-FILES TEASER

MY STRUGGLE 2 has long been touted as Dana Scully’s struggle. This monologue is Scully’s response to Mulder’s opening monologue from My Struggle. But did X-Files / FOX just show us the CLIFFHANGER we have heard so much about already? If so YOU BETTER GIVE US SEASON 11!!!

I am only writing this now because the Superbowl Game is almost as bad as its commercials this year AND this video was so HOLY CRAP!!!

 

“My name is Dana Catherine Scully…” Scully reminds us she is Catholic by adding her middle name.

Dr. Scully looks more determined than ever!

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Dr. Scully looks more determined than ever!

OMG! WTF? “CRYLAUGHING” another fan said…

IS SCULLY AN ALIEN???
OR
Is the BOUNTY HUNTER impersonating her???
OR
Is Chris Carter totally screwing with us again???
AND
Was Mulder married to an alien? Horrible tragic twist!

AS USUAL we have more questions than answers… we better not have to wait 13 more years for some of those answers.

IS SCULLY AN ALIEN or is the BOUNTY HUNTER impersonating her?

IS SCULLY AN ALIEN or is the BOUNTY HUNTER impersonating her?

Did you miss the video before X-Files Twitter took it down?

We had it here until 9:30pm but took it down out of respect for fans etc. clearly FOX / X-FILES don’t want it out there…

OR DO THEY?

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X-Files Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster Is My New Jam

X-Files Mulder and Scully meet the Were-Monster is my New Jam

X-Files Season 10 comedy episode is full of eggs and laughs

Recap and Review by Walt Frasier @waltfrasier

X-Files has been my favorite show for all of my adulthood. So when Darin Morgan inserted this many Easter Eggs – and amazingly funny moments – into one episode, I just have to say, thanks. The episode is equally a tribute to many X-Files moments of yore and wonderfully creatively written.

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The episode starts with Stoner #1 (Tyler Labineand Stoner #2 (Nicole Parkersniffing paint from a brown bag. I spent the next hour cackling at the gags and jokes. Stoners 1 & 2 of course have previously appeared in Quagmire and War of the Coprophages (both 1996). It is interesting to note, both episodes were directed by Kim Manners, who we will talk more about later.

Our paint bag stoners hear a noise and discover a giant lizard man wrestling with animal control agent, Pasha (Kumail Nanjiani, X-Files fan and podcaster). The lizard hisses and runs away, through our stoner couple. DUDE! A lot of dudes have been attacked and killed, with teeth marks to the throat, and one missing their clothes.

When we first see Mulder, he is using the I WANT TO BELIEVE SIGN as a pencil dart board. No more room on the ceiling?

“Mulder, what are you doing to MY poster?” Scully enters to Mulder oozing self doubt in his past beliefs.  Mulder admits he is middle aged and his new wisdom is causing second guessing.

“Mulder, have you been taking your meds?” Scully.

To be truthful, the comedy is a little forced. But I was immensely entertained, so who cares?

CUT TO Mulder and Scully in the woods looking for monsters. Mulder for once is trying to find reasoning without paranormal explanations.

“Aw Scully, I gave up profiling before I gave up monsters. You’ve seen one serial killer you’ve seen them all!” Mulder.

The were-monster is next seen attacking a truck stop transvestite hooker. As they hear a scary roar, Mulder and Scully run to the action while the animal control officer runs the other way.

The ongoing theme in this episode is Mulder’s “SMART PHONE” camera app acting up.

They chase the were-lizard into a port-o-potty where they only find what seems to be a traveling salesman (Rhys Darby). Perhaps a nod to Darin’s own time in a camp side john as the Flukeman, Host Season 2.

Darin Morgan

Mulder is very impressed with smart phone camera techniques, including video of himself scream hysterically.

“The internet is not good for you” Scully says of Mulder’s explanations.

Back at the motel, Mulder suddenly wakes by screaming manager, drunk on rubbing alcohol. “Please go away or I’ll kill ya.”

I was cracking up at the bear rug on the wall. Mulder finds the former guest room torn apart, leading to a hidden passageway, with Fox peering at Scully though a huge dead wall-mounted fox’s eyes.

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Of course this is when we see the Motel Manager checking out Mulder sleeping in his red briefs, before witnessing the were-monster’s transformation.

This is a cheeky nod to the famous Mulder speedo scene from Season 2 episode, Duane Barry.

Mulder is beside himself as he tries to convince Scully of the truth, with a few theories, and the need to check out of the motel immediately.

David Duchovny’s arguing with himself was perfectly performed with impeccable delivery of both Mulder’s reasonings and Scully’s rebuttals.

“Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder” Scully. “Your bat crap crazy”

Mulder tracks down the witch doctor / psychologist via Guy Mann’s prescriptions.

“Werewolf was my patient on Monday” Doc.

The doctor tries to give anti-psychotic drug prescription to Mulder for believing the were-lizard’s story.

After meeting Scully at the SMART PHONES IS US store, Mulder finds Guy Mann at the cemetery, where we also see a head stone tribute to late Kim Manners. This brought an emotional response from the entire fandom.

The following monologue and interchange was absolutely brilliant. Scully SexFrom Guy Man trying to get Mulder to kill him, to his origin story (a human bite turning him from a reptilian creature into a were-lizard), to lying about having sex with Scully (fell out of chair here), to being driven by the desires/fears of a middle aged man (job, burgers, morning coffee, depression, revenge, lying about sex life, etc).

Guy Mann got a dog. “…the only way to be happy as a human, was to spend all your time in the company of non humans” Guy Mann loses dog.

Guy explains his confrontation with the trans-gendered professional.

“She hit like a man” Guy

“Because she used to be a…” Mulder

“I’ll do the surgery” Guy

“They cut off your genitals” Mulder

“That’s a but too far…” Guy

“I’m just looking for some internal logic” Mulder grasps for understanding.

“Why, there is no external logic” Guy

By the end Guy is running off calling Mulder the monster.

Mulder drinks away the moment.

“Let’s Kick It In The Ass”

Kim Manner tribute

Mulder wakes to his X-Files ringtone sleeping at the base of Kim Manner’s headstone. It’s Scully at the animal control center. Scully gets attacked. Mulder runs to save her, but Scully already apprehended the killer. Mulder runs off to see Guy. Scully steals the dog.

Will the puppy survive the season?

The puppy’s name, Daggoo, is also a character from Moby Dick. “He reminds me of Queequeg” (The Pomeranian Scully adopted in “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and lost in “Quagmire” to Big Blue).

“I did not know reptile hibernated” Mulder

“That’s racist. I’m not a reptile” Guy

Mulder seems content seeing the actual transformation.

“I’m glad to have met you” Guy

“Likewise” Mulder.

Thank you to Darin Morgan and the gang for delivering what might be my new favorite episode. Brilliantly written and wonderfully performed by David, Gillian and Rhys.

In fact, going one step further, I would like to start the Award Season Buzz here. I nominate Rhys Darby (https://twitter.com/rhysiedarby) for special guest Emmy. Do I have a second?

 

 

 

 

X-Files My Struggle up to date with the science? Ununpentium Element 115

X-Files 2016 up to date with the science Ununpentium Element 115

X-Files is back and like past episodes and movies, creator Chris Carter always roots his science fiction in real science and popular conspiracy theories. After watching The X-Files “My Struggle” for a fifth time tonight, my geeky side got curious.

X-Files ARV

ARV from The X-Files: My Struggle

In a recent phone conference call, Chris Carter admitted he attended conventions and conferences filled with conspiracy theorists and that we would be amazed and surprised at the numerous Americans and the theories they hold dear.

Sounds like to many, X-Files is a documentary, not fiction.

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But some of the science is real. Well at least based in real theories at least.

Zero-point energy, also called quantum vacuum zero-point energy, is the lowest possible energy that a quantum mechanical physical system may have; it is the energy of its ground stateSource Wiki

GARNER: It runs on .. so called zero point energy.

MULDER: Free energy?

O’MALLEY (Joel McHale): Available since the 1940s

The Zero Point Energy (ZPE) is an intrinsic and unavoidable part of quantum physics. The ZPE has been studied, both theoretically and experimentally, since the discovery of quantum mechanics in the 1920s and there can be no doubt that the ZPE is a real physical effect. SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Conspiracy Theories that Tesla discovered FREE self sustaining energy over 100 years ago have floated for years. The big oil companies have buried this in favor of trillions in oil sales, as pointed out by Mulder. CLICK HERE for one fear mongering report.

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Ununpentium

SOURCE WIKI https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ununpentium

MULDER: Gravity Warp Drive, but how?

GARNER: Element 115. Ununpentium. 

MULDER: Where did you get it?

Not that there really are ARVs out there, but Ununpentium Element 115 is real. In fact, just this past December 2015, it was recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). So if you go back to college and take Chemistry, your periodic tables will soon need to be updated.

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UUP, you know me!!

The element was named back in 1979 by the IUPAC.

The element was first synthetically created in 2003 by American and Russian teams. 4 atoms – I know its amazing – were created and gone in 100 milliseconds.

A number of scientific teams tried to recreate the experiments from 2003. In 2015 a team from Berkeley published they had successfully produced the element.

But with a half-life of only 220 milliseconds, Alien Replica Vehicles would need a lot of UUP and some very impressive alien technology to stabilize the highly radioactive element.

WATCH THE X-FILES: MY STRUGGLE ONLINE or ON DEMAND

http://www.fox.com/watch/607308867569/7756658688

NEW EPISODES MONDAYS 8pm on FOX

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The X-Files “My Struggle” shatters all Ratings Expectations. Season 11 guaranteed!!!?

The X-Files “My Struggle” shatters all Ratings Expectations

Editorial by WALT FRASIER @waltfrasier on twitter

The X-Files buzz online has been a great indication that last night’s revival would be well watched. But I do not think anyone expected “My Struggle” to surpass the 1993 pilot in viewership, but it did.

The X-Files "My Struggle"

The X-Files “My Struggle” Mulder greets Scully

Back in 1993, the still relatively baby FOX network was ecstatic over The X-Files pilot being viewed by 12 million. (NUMBERS via WIKI here). Reviewing stats over at WIKI all of the 1 season was watched by 8-11 million viewers. Only the last 3-4 episodes of season one hit 13-14 million viewers.

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Back in 1993, there 4 major networks and a small handful of independents (precursors of CW etc) producing original content like Star Trek spin offs, Hercules and Xena. At the time we did not have hundreds of networks producing original programming. This was long before The Sopranos inspired era of cable produced dramas and horrible reality shows dominating the ratings war.

X-Files My Struggle

Lately a cable series with 1 million viewers can be considered a success. Hannibal barely got a third season. If not for critical acclaim and recognition of after market potential, the NBC summer show – and numerous similar examples – would have been tanked long ago.

The X-Files "My Struggle"

So how did we do last night?

The X-Files “My Struggle” beat everyone except for the Football game and post show.

According to numbers posted by TV BY THE NUMBERS The X-Files My Struggle posted a 13.47 million viewership. Consider all those that could not watch live last night, I predict as many as 20 million for the 7-day total, a much more important movie in the age of On-Demand and DVR viewing.

NCIS could not hit 6 million at same time. Agent Carter under 2. NFL posted 20 million for post game and 40 million for the championship game. While fans cursed their DVR issues cause by the latter we can celebrate the bumped by following the sports event.

But it is not time to sit back and celebrate.

Rather it is time for all fans to rally the troupe to keep these numbers going the next 5 Mondays.

If we continue to do our job as fans, we can demand the producers do their job and give us MORE MORE MORE – (Insert evil laugh – VAL?)

I will be doing my job – pulling my weight, DVRing Supergirl as I live tweet X-Files. FOUNDER’s MUTATION TONIGHT

These ratings will give producers leverage with ad sales, which will provide the budgets for bigger an better X-Files in the future.

Who needs #XF3 when we can have X-Files Seasons 11, 12, 13…. Chris Carter can plan a 4-5 season arc (2016 included) with a finish we can all be happy with, Breaking Bad Style.

I expect to see lots more of our iconic Mulder and Scully, and the rest of the gang.

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TABLE FROM TV by the Numbers

TV Ratings Sunday: ‘X-Files’ gets a strong start following NFC Championship

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating/Share Viewers (millions)
7 p.m. NFC Championship (FOX) (7-10 p.m.) 14.3/37 40.69
60 Minutes (CBS) 2.0/5 10.13
America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC) – R 0.8/3 4.44
Dateline (NBC) 0.6/2 3.60
8 p.m. 60 Minutes (CBS) 1.2/3 8.37
Movie – Bridesmaids (NBC) (8-11 p.m.) 0.9/3 2.74
Galavant (ABC) 0.5/2 2.10
9 p.m. Madam Secretary (CBS) – R 0.7/2 5.22
Agent Carter (ABC) (9-11 p.m.) – R 0.4/1 1.43
10 p.m. NFL Postgame (FOX) 7.7/22 20.64
NCIS (CBS) – R 0.8/2 5.86
10:30 p.m. The X-Files (FOX) (10:30-11 p.m. only) – P 5.1/17 13.47
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X-FILES: BELIEVE Have you seen the new trailer? I LOVE IT!!!

 

CLICK HERE to see our wrap up of the January 12 X-Files Premiere Party

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X-FILES: BELIEVE

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X-FILES: BELIEVE

 

Two-Night Season Premiere of THE X-FILES:

Sunday, Jan. 24 (approx. 10:00-11:00 PM ET/approx. 7:00-8:00 PM PT),

immediately following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME;

Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)

 

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Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of THE X-FILES is a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents FOX MULDER and DANA SCULLY. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI ASST. DIR. WALTER SKINNER, Mulder and Scully’s boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history. THE X-FILES debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The upcoming event series will encompass a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

THE X-FILES WATCH/SHARE THIS BEHIND-THE-SCENES, FIRST-LOOK AT THE UPCOMING, ALL-NEW EPISODES

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Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny talk about the fans, Mythology and Monster of the week episode for the new and old episodes.

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THE SPOOKY EXPERIENCE

Two-Night Season Premiere of THE X-FILES:

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, 10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT,

following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME;

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, 8:009:00 PM ET/PT

 

 

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The X-Files

The section of America in Primetime – the crusader focused on the X-Files featuring Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson

 

X-Files trumps all other news for 2016 TV / FILM offerings

X-Files trumps all other news for 2016 TV / FILM offerings

by WALT FRASIER December 10, 2016

Every time I go online I see an article about X-Files or a generic 2016 TV preview guide with X-Files as the lead feature.

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X-Files 6-episode Season 10 starts January 24 & 25.

 

2016 is going to be a big year for both TV and FILM.

There is a lot of hype about Batman V Superman going head to head with Captain America: Civil War, and more comic book movies including Suicide Squad, Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, Gambit, Dr. Strange…. am I missing any? Of course there are another half dozen major remakes and sequels for traditional block buster fare – Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda, Fast & Furious 57… This past month has been all about STAR WARS FORCE AWAKENS.

DC is adding yet another comic book TV Show, Legends of Tomorrow, to add to Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, Gotham…. am I missing any? (Teen Titans Blackbirds on TNT seems to be in limbo)

MARVEL of course is killing it on NETFLIX with Luke Cage and Iron Fist joining Dare Devil and Jessica Jones in 2016 with their own show.

But every article I can find talking about what to expect on TV in 2016 seems to be focused first on X-Files. Even those stories that mention a dozen or more projects – almost in passing – realize the importance of OUR SHOW, using the those photos and previews as the lead teaser art for their blog posts.

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The online buzz around these six episodes coming January and February 2016 is fierce among fans and twitter, tumble, vine, Instagram and other social media platforms – is Facebook the new MySpace yet?

Writers and publishers see this and capitalize to get readers to their sites. Much the same way online discussions by fans are the entire reason the demand for Season Ten exists.

Even though their is an X-Files comic, this show it not like DC/Marvel properties with fans looking for a new and better version of Superman, Dead Pool or Dare Devil. These fans are here for THE Mulder and Scully – OUR Mulder and Scully. And our Skinner…

The online fandom has taken ownership of the property in many ways. The fans are the driving force, more so than the dollar signs that drive so many other sequels and reboots. X-FILES Season Ten does not exist because producers are out of ideas to make easy money from sequels and merchandising. 2016 is happening because of Economic 101 Supply/Demand.

Perhaps the $$$ is what allowed the final green light by FOX and investors, but we demanded more from Chris Carter. We have obligated the X-FILES family to deliver. So they are delivering. Six hours on TV is better than two at the theater.

And as a result, the whole media and advertising world wants their share. X-Files is everywhere and you / us – THE FANS – have brought about a future worth fighting for!

Of course the next summer’s rewatch will take a week longer to complete. #thexfiles207days ?

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