SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

FIRST OF ALL I’m a bit emotional this morning after hosting such an amazing event last night. Thank you to all that came out and joined us as we hosted Mitch Pileggi and raised over $1000 for NO KID HUNGRY. Mitch is amazing on screen and in person in every thing he does and did more than anyone would expect to make every single guest feel warm and welcome. I will have an entire post for that. I had intended to write that this morning but I’m having a moment…

SHOOK AF after watching NYCC 2018 X-Files Trailer

SO I perhaps play coy with MSR but judging the happy tears as I hear “Kissing Close” I suppose I am officially a shipper.

Or perhaps I’m just back in that place I always go when my favorites projects of my youth come back to tease us and reward us for our loyalty over the years.

I have similar feelings for Star Wars and Justice League movies coming out in the next few months, but at some point The X-Files, the go-to show of my 20s, surpassed the childhood loves, winning  first place in my heart.

I am sure this has something to do with getting to know David and now Mitch, and freaking out Gillian in Chicago. It also perhaps something to do that so many of the shows I watch these days exist at the creative hands of X-Files Alumni, Homeland, 24, Supernatural, Breaking Bad & Saul, Man in the High Castle and Medici… and now I find out LORE is a Glen Morgan Project.  The scope of the project extends far passed its core presence.

So waking up this morning I finally saw the trailer everyone was talking about last night. With a passionate hate for NYCC (bless all of you that dealt with that line yesterday, but my fat ass is done with that) I missed the panel. As I type this blog I am listening to the panel via youtube and every few seconds that welping tears of joy emotional response is stirs. HANUKKAH GELT – Good one David…. (He just said that in this moment as I type – can this be anymore stream of consciousness. And this is why I love David’s books. YADA YADA YADA ah the 1990s…)

I’M SHOOK AF

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I am blown away by this trailer. There are so many little gems that tug at the X-Files FanDome heart strings. Even the graphic of FOX becoming X got me. I’m an emotional wreck.

Is Scully going to die?

Is Skinner going to the dark side?

Are the Lone Gun Men alive or did they just upload their consciousness to the dark web?

Is Mad Men era CSM offering alien dinner before lighting up a cigarette?

SO MANY QUESTIONS… I think we need Special Agent CLIFF HANGER for this one (Another good one David. He cracks me up. See you in Vancouver in  about 135 hours)

And thank you Chris Carter for heading my cries for MORE SKINNER. That looks promising.

My only fear, except another gem from Darin Morgan, is that this is all just Eps 1 and 10 and in between anything goes. I don’t think I can handle another Babylon.

But clearly that one hiccup did not change my resolve and dedication to the cause.

See you in 2018!

And coming soon my evening with Mitch Pileggi…

Mitch Pilggie

Mitch Pileggi Confirmed for #NYCC After Party October 8

Mitch Pileggi Confirmed for NYCC After Party October 8, 7:30 to benefit No Kid Hungry @nokidhungry

Join us for a New York Comic Con Off-Site X-Files Fan Event including Improv Comedy, Q&A with Mitch Pileggi (And possibly other special guests) and Trivia at the Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019. Just a 5-minute cab ride form Javits center or (10-15 minute walk). $20 from every ticket will be donated to NO KID HUNGRY (100% of GA tickets). VIP tickets will include front row seats, 1st round form the bar and snacks. GA tickets will require a 1 drink minimum ($5-15 includes non alcoholic options).

 

Confirmed Special Guests: Mitch Pileggi (Walter Skinner)

Mitch is best known for his nine years as Assistant Director Walter Skinner in the FOX series THE X-FILES and for his role as Horace Pinker in Wes Craven’s SHOCKER. as well as his DALLAS, SONS OF ANARCHY, GREY’S ANATOMY, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, SUPERNATURAL, MEDIUM, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, and the films RECOUNT, FLASH OF GENIUS, and THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE & THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE.

Hosted by Walt Frasier (Letterman, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods)

In addition to contributing to the Duchovniacs website and activities, Walt Frasier is a professional actor/comic with a career including TV, Theater and over 5000 professional comedy shows in Times Square and touring Nationwide. 

With Mini Interactive Improv show – LMAO by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH

Similar to WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY, the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers original scenes and songs based on audience suggestions and participation. So with this crowd you can assume some X-files Themes Songs and Sketches…

Mitch Pileggi Confirmed for NYCC After Party October 8, 7:30 to benefit No Kid Hungry @nokidhungry

Proceeds from the tickets sales will go to NO KID HUNGRY. At the time of this posting we have already raised over $500, so help us help the kids!!!

NYCC X-FILES OFF SITE FAN EVENT with special guests and more

We will be co-hosting a very special off site event Sunday October 8, 2017 at 7:15pm, celebrating 24 years of X-Files and in anticipation of Season 11.

We have confirmed at least 1 VERY SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE (TBA ASAP) and perhaps more.

So if you are in town for New York Comic Con or in NYC and could not get tickets, come on over.

Don’t miss another event or this could happen…

Or this could happen without you…

 

Every time Duchovniacs get together, magic, or at least insanity, happens…

7pm doors

7:30 mini Improv show by LMAO hosted by Walt Frasier

8pm Q&A with special VIP guests and trivia

8:30 stay for stand up comedy at 9pm or join us for after party and nearby bar.

 

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 Ballad of David and Mitch original fan song lyrics

I am beyond flattered
My brain is so scattered
And its barely after dawn
There’s an intense tug of war
What’s all this fighting for
But am I just a pawn

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Driving south from Jersey to Alexandria concert I dictated the song to my wife. Lacking paper and pen, she just texted me back what I said.

Tired of the battle
Hearded like cattle
Just to get in the front row
But you know I came
When you called my name
Am I just a fan or a braugh

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Outside the Birchmere I finished the lyrics and worked out the melody/chords. There were 3-4 musical versions before settling on the final chords and notes.

Duchovny or Pileggi
Where does my allegiance lie
Pileggi or Duchovny
Weren’t they both in the FBI

Mitch took a selfie with me Mr wearing a cape and tights
Dressed as superman I must have looked such a fright
David must have realized that it wasn’t my fault
When he said at wizard world, shut up walt

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TEAM EFFORT. Laurice took care of hair and make up as I worked out the music. Maja was cue card/ human teleprompter. Charnette filmed. Dita and Karen (Blonde Girl) were my back up singers.

So it’s time for a choice
I’m giving it voice
Duchovniacs or Mitch’s Bitches
The choice is hard
I need help from the bard
I’ve not yet put on britches

But Mitch makes me complete
When he answers my tweet
My allegiance is so torn

I love both of you
Capable of loving two
Making me choose is really not fair
It’s the end of my song
I’m not wearing a thong
The truth is out there

 

 

MORE MUSIC FROM WALT FRASIER

Starting February 1, 2017, I will be releasing a new song every day for the next year with me singing and playing piano, guitar, or uke. Rock,  folk, oldies, contemporary, Broadway, jazz, and even Opera. This is mostly for me to stop being lazy and learn some new music, but I hope you enjoy as well. Follow me hear or on twitter @waltfrasier for the latest additions. Playlist here may show unlisted videos before completely made public on their release date.

 

 

 

 

 

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 PREMIERE Red Carpet & After Party More Sights and Sounds…

X-FILES PREMIERE

X-FILES PREMIERE PARTY WAS AWESOME!!! We already posted most of our photos from the amazing night Tuesday January 12, 2016 at the California Science Center. Finally back from LA and almost rested up from over night travels w/o sleep yesterday, I can scour Twitter, Instagram and beyond for top social media shares by the stars, FOX, press and fans… (Also a few from Kimmel and Seacrest appearances)

X-Files Premiere
Here is my fave of the evening…

More pillow biting. #thexfilespremiere @GillianA @BryanFuller @kumailn #wife @davidduchovny

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Joel is gunning for David?

LOVE THOSE WIGS!!!

A beautiful Endeavor indeed. With my ❤️ #xfiles2016

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Under alien auspices… #xfiles2016

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Now that’s a red carpet @thexfilesfox

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#TheXFiles @thexfiles @davidduchovny @GillianA #ChrisCarter and my partial forehead. Perfect day.

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