X-Files Creator Chris Carter Talks New Episodes, Conspiracy Theories And More!

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(PCM) If you are anything like us than you are positively overjoyed that The X-Files is back on TV! Over the years there has been a ton of murmuring and hope among fans that the series would finally make it’s way back, however this was not concrete until the official announcement was made in March of 2015 that we would be getting at least six new episodes of our beloved sci-fi series.

After viewing the first three episodes, we can truly say it feels as if no time has passed at all despite that fourteen years has gone by since we had a chance to delve into the mysteries and conspiracies that surround The X-Files with duo Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. What was even more thrilling for fans was that both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson had both agreed to reprise their roles.

The new episodes are everything you would imagine and showcase what we adored about the show from the very beginning. They provide the perfect blend of both drama and humor while keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. While the first two episodes provide us with a darker and edgier X-Files, especially showcasing the way the characters have adapted to the world we live in today (a breeding ground for conspiracy), episode three takes us back to The X-Files we all knew and loved, it’s fantastic!

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We recently had a chance to catch up with series creator Chris Carter to chat about the new episodes, revisiting the characters of Mulder and Scully in a new world, conspiracy theories and more.

On Scully’s decision to give William up and it’s effect on these new episodes of the show

CHRIS CARTER: If you remember, they gave up William to protect him. They were afraid that with his whereabouts known, meaning that either one of them would have him, that they would be better to give him up and not know his whereabouts so they couldn’t be tortured into giving him up. So, obviously, William is all important, not to just them, but to others and he will play an important part in not just the episode you saw that aired as Episode 2, but also in Episode 4. But I think he’s always, even though he’s not in the show, per se, he is an absent presence.

On how the up rise of social media will have an effect on the series

CC: Personally, I have an Instagram account that I think I’ve posted two photos to. I’m not a social media person but I appreciate how much social media plays a part in the interaction between fans and the interaction between fans and producers.  When I went to a marketing meeting with Fox before we shot the show, or during the shooting of the show, I was amazed to see that there were 50 people in the room and I’d say a good amount of them were there because they conduct marketing via social media, so the show is marketed very actively on social media platforms. I think that the second screen experience will help the show. I think that the show will, I think, rise, or I should say, its popularity will be enhanced by what I think is the beauty of social media.

On the basis for sort of turning everything on its ear. such as exploring 2016 from a 90’s perspective 

CC: In a way, all six explore it because they are told in a contemporary context. They turn the mythology not necessarily on its head, but the mythology takes a big right hand turn and that plays most actively in the first and last episodes. But I think that technology, and it’s really technology is what you’re talking about, besides what I would call a very strong undercurrent of distrust for government, authority, and for the picture we’re being sold.

But the show is, I think, owes to people like Alex Jones, people like Glenn Beck, and all the conspiracy sites that I look at on the internet, that I digest every day. I get a lot of stuff in my mailbox every day from these sites. I’ve also been—I’ve gone to conventions. I’m actively up on this stuff and I’m actually surprised sometimes how many journalists are unaware of these, as I say, very strong undercurrents.

On writing for Mulder and Scully again

CC: As you see, they’re no longer together. They’re not under the same roof, I should say, so that provided an interesting point of departure dramatically and I think that it made the characters interesting to explore because that’s how they began their lives together. Their lives changed. They were a couple and now they’re apart, so as we’ve lived our lives, they have lived theirs. That’s the way we’re playing it.

On deciding the way the first episode would be put together and completed after being away from these characters for quite some time

CC: Well, it took a lot of consideration because I had to think about the characters and their relationships. I had to think about the character in a contemporary context, so much has changed technologically, geopolitically, so I had to put a contemporary context both personally and professionally. I also had to be mindful that the reason we’re back is because of the hardcore fans but, also, there is another audience out there that I think everyone wants to—doesn’t want to ignore as a possible new audience. With more viewers there’s a chance for more X-Files.

On the possibility of a third movie 

CC: I like doing the television show because it gives me a chance to tell a lot of interesting X-Files stories. I probably wouldn’t want to do the third movie that I wrote. I think I would have to rethink it. I might use some elements of it. I can tell you that if and when we do a third movie, I wouldn’t do it if it were not the proper budget and the proper release date. I feel we didn’t have either in the last movie, so I’d be looking to do something more like the first movie.

On Mulder and Scully’s evolving relationship in the first three episode and if eventually we will see them where we left them years ago

CC: So, it was my thinking and our thinking, the producers, that Mulder and Scully would have had a very hard time living under the same roof based on their personalities and their passions. I see Mulder now as probably, because he’s got Google and the internet and search engines, he probably spends a lot of time sitting at home in front of his computer in his underwear.

I didn’t imagine that would sit well with Scully who is a serious scientist and doctor, so I think it would spell, I believe it would spell a bump in the road for them, which is why you find them not together. But I think you’ll see, through the course of these six episodes, that they begin to be drawn closer together through not just their investigations but through, I would call it, a deep love for one another.

On seeing a present day William in the new episodes

CC: He does not appear again in the series, but he is important to the arc of the stories going forward.

On how the fandom for the series has evolved

CC:  It’s hard for me to say because I don’t—in term of its systematic sophistication, I guess it has because of social media. I still hear the drumbeat loud and clear. I would say it takes, for me, experiences like Comic-Com 2013 where I got a direct hit from the fans for their desire to see this show, either back on the big screen or back on the small screen. It’s that direct experience that is most impressive to me.

On FOX developing any non-X-Files projects he has worked on or developed such as bringing back Millennium

CC: Right now we’re so focused on this that there are no talks about doing anything else. I can tell you, there is a constant drumbeat to bring back Millennium and I’m just always so taken by that, also that hardcore group of fans out there who would like to see it back. I have ideas how it might come back but, it’s really, once again, it’s a Fox show. They own it. It’s really up to them whether or not they would ever want to go down that road.

But, you know, I also think Harsh Realm would deserve another chance. I’m not sure if The Lone Gunmen would ever see the light of day, but Unique would be a show I would love to see done, if not at Fox, someplace else.

On bringing back writers James Wong, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, for this event series

CC: You know, it’s funny. I don’t remember specifically calling them and asking them. It kind of happened—Glen and I share an agent, so it kind of happened through our agent and then the same agent told me that Jim was interested. Glen told me that Darin was interested. The band kind of folded back together in the most natural way. Everyone had good ideas. Jim and I are tennis players. We played tennis one day, sat down and talked about his episode, but Glen and Darin both had very worked-out ideas when we first met in Glen’s backyard way back in the spring of last year. So the band came back together as if no time had passed at all.

On the role of The Lone Gunman in this six-episode series

CC: I would only spoil it for you if I told you, but I can tell you that they come back in a way that you will absolutely never expect. If I gave you 100 guesses, right now, you’d never get it.

On the differences between working the FOX on the series now versus when it first aired 

CC: You know, when you first get up and running, everyone is very nervous because you’re spending millions of dollars. Everyone is prepared for you to be a big failure. They’re prepared for you to waste all their money so everyone, there’s a tremendous amount of nervousness. This time out, there was a tremendous amount of respect. Fox was very hands-off in almost all respects. That’s not to say they didn’t have notes, they didn’t have ideas, they didn’t have suggestions, they didn’t have good direction…

They have done a fantastic job marketing this show, but it’s funny that we came back to do six episodes which, in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t seem like very many. I can tell you that I’ve worked as hard on these six episodes as I ever worked on this show and my involvement with Fox was as—even though, as I said, it was respectful, it was as collaborative as I’ve ever experienced.

On the possibility of additional episodes

CC: You know, I think everyone had a very good experience. I think everyone’s happy with the way it worked out. I think, now, it’s waiting to see if we build it, will the audience come? I hope they will. It’s seems as if there is a viewership out there but, you know, we live in a different world now where the viewership is fractured. Fox has fewer viewers. They are able to market, do on-air promotions, reaches fewer people. Everyone’s got to get the word out there in order to get the ratings that will promote more episodes.

On why 2016 was the right time to bring this series back to life

CC: The question kind of answers itself. Anyone who’s picked up a newspaper recently, or gone on the internet, knows that we live in an era of tremendous amount of suspicion and distrust of not only our government leaders, but world government. So that’s an interesting time to tell an X-Files story.

When we went off the air in 2002, there could not have been more trust in government and institutions and we allowed a lot of our rights and liberties to be abridged in the name of security. I think that we’ve all witnessed now the abuse of that trust and The X-Files wants to point a very bright light at some of those dark corners that have developed.

On making the new episodes appealing for both long-time fans and those who may be new to the series as well

CC: Yes, it was important to us to actually be mindful that there’s an audience out there that we know, they know the show. They know it better than I do , to be honest, and this series is for them. But if there are to be more of these episodes, we have to be inclusive of a casual viewing audience, people who may have seen it, may have known about it in the past, but we also—I have to tell you that I’ve had a number of times kids say to me that they loved the show and I look at them and I realize that they weren’t even born when the show was on. Maybe some of them were not even born when the show went off the air, so we’ve got another audience out there that we need to make sure that we don’t forsake going forward.

On the placement of Easter Eggs in the new episodes

CC: There are Easter eggs and, you know, when you do a show that has been off the air for 14 years, it’s funny that even with—you do unintended Easter eggs. There are specific ones and then there are the unintentional ones that come just because the show has to be self-referential in order to tell these stories. I would say, yes, intentionally and unintentionally, we do.

On the idea that Mulder is this kind of prophesized savior of mankind

CC: It’s interesting. He’s got a heroic quality. He’s the most unlikely hero, but he does have a kind of heroic quality, in that sense, and the mythology that developed around him gave him a kind of savior-like quality. That said, I would never label him a savior, but I would label him an agent of change.

On if it is scarier for him to believe their are aliens out there or there may not be

CC: It’s scarier to me that there are aliens out there because I think once that would become a reality, and I’m talking about the kind of aliens that we’ve come to either [indiscernible] fascinate us or terrify us, which is a somewhat humanized or humanoid life form. I think that it would throw mankind into a panic both biologically, psychologically, philosophically, spiritually. I think that it would be—it would change the world as we know it immediately and overnight and I think that is a rather harrowing idea.

 

 

Country Superstar Trisha Yearwood Set For Role Of Mary In “The Passion”

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(FOX) Three-time Grammy Award winner and country superstar Trisha Yearwood has been tapped to play Mary, the mother of Jesus, in THE PASSION, a two-hour musical event, airing LIVE from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Also, multi-Platinum recording artist Prince Royce will play the disciple Peter. Yearwood and Royce join Tyler Perry, who was previously announced as the event’s host and narrator.

THE PASSION, written by Peter Barsocchini (“High School Musical”), tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through a variety of popular music, sung by the cast including Yearwood and Royce, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “Rock of Ages”). Set in modern day, the event will follow the dramatic and inspirational story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. As Mary follows her son into Jerusalem, she already has witnessed Jesus struggle with opposition from other religious leaders, but bolsters him with the boundless depth of a mother’s love. Peter, meanwhile, remains one of Jesus’ closest confidantes, but his loyalty will be sternly tested.

The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Trisha Yearwood possesses one of the most powerful voices in music, is the epitome of southern charm, and a C.E.O. as well. She has built an empire by following her inner voice, which has resonated with millions. In November 2014, the Platinum-selling, multiple-Grammy Award, CMA Award and ACM Award-winning artist released her 12th album, “PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit,” while touring as part of the history-making and ongoing Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. Yearwood is also the author of three New York Times best-selling cookbooks and hosts the Emmy Award-winning “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” Additionally, the lifestyle maven has launched her own romantic, but modern, take on cookware and furniture with her healthy home cookware, Precious Metals, and the Trisha Yearwood Home Collection with Klaussner Home Furnishings.

Since releasing his triple-Platinum self-titled debut album in 2010, New York-born singer and songwriter Prince Royce has become a bona fide Latin music superstar by bringing a mix of Bachata music (a romantic, acoustic guitar-driven style that originated in the Dominican Republic) and contemporary R&B to the Spanish-speaking world. He has scored 11 No. 1 hits collectively on the Latin and Tropical charts, won 20 Latin Billboard Awards and earned eight Latin Grammy nominations. Along the way, Royce has amassed a huge fan base with more than one billion streams online and more than 32.8 million Facebook followers. His debut album eventually reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Tropical and Latin Albums charts and was the best-selling Latin album of 2011 in the U.S., going triple-Platinum (Latin), and spawning four singles. Now signed to RCA Records, Royce is grateful for the opportunity to bring his music to a brand-new audience. In November 2014, he released the electro-pop/R&B banger “Stuck on a Feeling,” featuring Snoop Dogg, followed by the May release of the dancehall-flavored “Back It Up” (featuring Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez) – two tracks from his first English-language album, “Double Vision.” Royce’s current Spanish-language single “Culpa Al Corazón” is #1 on the Billboard Latin Tropical Chart.

Peter Barsocchini is best known as the writer of the hit franchise “High School Musical,” a global blockbuster that generated stage versions, an ice show, concert tour, books, electronic games and more than 200 consumer products, as well as feature film remakes in China and Mexico. It continues to be one of the most performed stage productions at schools in the U.S. and the U.K. A former journalist, novelist and Emmy Award-winning producer (“The Merv Griffin Show”), he also has written screenplays (“Drop Zone”). Current projects include the Laurence Mark-produced animated musical “Vivo”, on which he collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” and “Chica,” a one-hour drama pilot script.

THE PASSION is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programing and Development, dick clark productions), Jacco Doornbos (CEO and Creative Director of Eye2Eye Media), Adam Anders (CEO, Anders Media Inc.) and David Grifhorst (“The Passion: Netherlands”) will serve as executive producers. Robert Deaton (“CMA Awards”) also will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Like THE PASSION on Facebook at facebook.com/FOXTV. Follow the event on Twitter @FOXTV, and join the discussion using #ThePassionLive. See photos and videos on Instagram @FOXTV/.

 

Scream Queens Renewed For A Second Season

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(FOX) FOX has renewed the comedy-horror series SCREAM QUEENS for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group.

From award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”) and Ian Brennan (“Glee”), Season Two of SCREAM QUEENS graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny murder mystery will begin once again. This time, the show will be set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation. Casting to be announced at a later date.

SCREAM QUEENS is this season’s No. 1 new comedy among Adults 18-34, the No. 1 new series on VOD and the No. 1 series in social media. Across platforms, SCREAM QUEENS averages a +167% gain versus its Live + Same Day delivery (7.2 vs. 2.7 million) – the biggest multi-platform percentage gain versus Live + Same Day ever for a FOX program over the comparable period.

SCREAM QUEENS is from Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The series is created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, who also serve as writers and directors on the series. SCREAM QUEENS is executive-produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Alexis Martin Woodall (“American Horror Story: Hotel”). “Like” SCREAM QUEENS on Facebook at facebook.com/ScreamQueensFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @ScreamQueens and join the discussion using #screamqueens. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @ScreamQueensFOX.

FOX Reveals First Trailer For “Houdini & Doyle”

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(FOX) From “House” creator and executive producer David Shore, the new mystery adventure drama series HOUDINI & DOYLE stars Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”), Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) and Rebecca Liddiard (“Man Seeking Woman”).

Inspired by true events, the series follows two great men of the 20th Century – HARRY HOUDINI (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado. They grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes, alongside the first female Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force, ADELAIDE STRATTON (Liddiard).

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Empire Renewed For A Third Season! New Episodes Will Air In March!

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(FOX) FOX has renewed the blockbuster drama EMPIRE for a third season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group.

With 35 nominations, EMPIRE is the most-nominated television series this season, and recently was named a Top 10 Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute. It was the only broadcast series to earn a Golden Globe Award nomination this year in the category of Best Television Series – Drama. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. The series also earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Having taken TV audiences by storm in its record-setting first season, EMPIRE returned this season as the No. 1 series on broadcast television among Adults 18-49, averaging 7.3/23 in Live+7 ratings, and 21.2 million viewers across multiple platforms. The series also is the most tweeted-about scripted program on broadcast television on Twitter.

Cookie, Lucious and the entire Lyon family return with a vengeance when the series airs its Season Two spring premiere Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

EMPIRE stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones and Serayah McNeill. In addition to the regular cast, the series has featured guest appearances by a wide range of talented performers, including Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Vivica A. Fox, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, the series was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken and Francie Calfo. “Like” EMPIRE on Facebook at facebook.com/EmpireFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @EmpireFOX and join the discussion using #Empire. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @EmpireFOX.

The Legendary Tim Curry Will Return To Iconic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” As The Criminologist Narrator

rhps_11-curry-singleA_0364-3-Recovered_hires1(FOX) Tim Curry, the Emmy Award-winning actor, Tony Award nominee and creator of the original “Dr. Frank-N-Furter,” will return to the iconic, pop culture phenomenon as the Criminologist Narrator of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, the two-hour television event airing this fall on FOX. Curry, an accomplished stage, television and film actor, originated the breakout “Dr. Frank-N-Furter” role in the 1973 London stage production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” returning to play the character in the Lou Adler-executive-produced film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which premiered September 26, 1975, and has been in theatrical distribution longer than any other film in history.

“I am very happy and excited to be a part of this new event,” said Curry.

Curry joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Orange is the New Black”), Victoria Justice (Janet, “Victorious”), Ryan McCartan (Brad, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers: the Musical”), Adam Lambert (Eddie, “Glee”), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, “Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”) and Staz Nair (Rocky, “Game of Thrones”).

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist – with the help of his faithful servants Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta – is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair) – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.

Executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer) and Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise, “This Is It,” “Descendants,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Newsies”), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world.

Tim Curry is an English actor and singer known for his diverse work in Hollywood. In addition to his role on “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Curry acted in a handful of English productions, such as “Threepenny Opera,” “Love For Love” and “Rivals.” Curry later starred in “Pirates of Penzance,” earning him enthusiastic reviews and paving his way to Broadway. There, he starred in “Travesties,” gaining huge popularity with the American audience. Curry was then nominated for his first Tony Award for his role as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in “Amadeus.” In the Broadway production of “My Favorite Year,” he earned his second Tony Award nomination for playing “Alan Swann.” Following that, Curry acted in both “Me and My Girl” and “The Wall: Live in Berlin.”

He began his momentous role of “King Arthur” in “Spamalot” in Chicago in 2004. This show eventually made its way to Broadway, which earned Curry his third Tony Award nomination, specifically for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. He also received the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for this role.

Curry also has had a major presence in television, guest-starring in popular shows such as “Hot in Cleveland,” “Criminal Minds,” “Psych,” “Will & Grace,” “Roseanne” and “Monk.” In addition to theater and television, Curry has dominated the big screen as well. On film, Curry appeared in “Annie,” “Clue,” “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Scary Movie 2.”

In 2015, Curry was honored by  The Actors Fund with an Artistic Achievement Award and later that year, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” film, was named West Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Adler and Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Kenny Ortega will also direct and choreograph. “Like” THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on Facebook at facebook.com/RockyHorrorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @RockyHorrorFOX  and join the discussion using #RockyHorror. See photos and videos on Instagram by following: @RockyHorrorFOX/.

 

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