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January 2002

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Added Sunday, January 27, 2002
Spotnitz Talks
From tv.zap2it.com and passed along by Lucy, who is sadly "retiring" from The X-Files.
Duchovny Likely to Return for 'X-Files' Finale
LOS ANGELES - "I don't really think we'll be sad until it's the last day," says "X-Files" executive producer Frank Spotnitz, "and we realize that we're not going to see these people we've seen for so long. That doesn't happen often in television, where you work with the same group of people for so many years."

"But, it's scary, slash, exciting, disappointing and the right thing to do all at the same time."

In a two-part episode, set to shoot in early April and air on May 12 and 19 on FOX, "The X-Files" bows out after nine seasons. Some may argue that it was one season too long, but Spotnitz isn't sure what caused the decline.

He is sure, though, that it wasn't competition from ABC's "Alias," starring Jennifer Garner as a secret agent, in the Sunday, 9 p.m. ET time slot.

"That's silly," says Spotnitz. "I've heard many, many theories about the show this year, but I don't think there's anything to that. If you look at the numbers for 'The X-Files' this year, in the very first episode, there was a significant portion of our audience that just didn't come. They just weren't there."

"I could give you six different theories, and I don't know which one it is. Is it because we started in November, and these other shows had weeks on the air to build an audience? Is it because we were up against 'Saving Private Ryan'? Is it because Sept. 11 changed the zeitgeist of the country? Is it because people didn't know we were on because there was so little promotion? Is it because David Duchovny left?"

"At the end of the day, from where we're sitting, we just don't know the answer."

Spotnitz also doesn't see a connection between FOX's pickup of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon's science-fiction series "Firefly," and "X" creator Chris Carter's subsequent announcement that his show was over.

"No, it's just a coincidence, because the decision really was Chris', and the timing of it was Chris'. He came to them. He had thought about it over the Christmas vacation. We delivered two really strong episodes at the beginning of January, and the audience wasn't any bigger. He said, 'Let's get out while we're ahead. We don't want to limp out.'"

"I'm sure they have high hopes for 'Firefly.' Joss Whedon's very talented, and I'm sure their hopes are high, as they should be. But 'X-Files' has been such a strong performer for so long, it's got to be a little scary for them too, even with our ratings this year being lower than before."

As for the rest of the season, Spotnitz promises a resolution to the cliffhanger finale of the short-lived "X" spin-off "The Lone Gunmen." "We are going to clean up their finale, have Michael McKean in a great episode. Burt Reynolds is going to be in an episode written and directed by Chris. That's episode 14, airing in April."

And as for Duchovny returning to play Mulder in the finale, Spotnitz says, "I think it's pretty likely. The irony is, he was going to come back to write and direct an episode before the season got announced."

Asked if questions will be answered, Spotnitz says, "I just want to say right away, we're not going to answer all the questions. Anybody thinking we're going to ... you couldn't possibly answer all the questions, you just couldn't. We'll do as much as we can."

Of course, there is still the question of the second "X-Files" feature film, to which Spotnitz says, "Whatever the movie is, it'll be a new beginning. What we're most concerned about is finishing the series properly. We're not really worried about whether there's something left over for the movie. In all likelihood, the movie's going to be a stand alone Mulder and Scully investigation anyway."

Asked what's next for him, Spotnitz laughs. "Frank doesn't know. I know I'm going to do the next movie with Chris, but I don't know if I'm going to go onto another show, create my own show, write another movie. It's a very exciting, scary, weird time."

Friday, January 25, 2002 07:08 PM PDT, by Kate O'Hare
Also, last Saturday's Courier Mail had a small story on The X-Files ending.

Added Saturday, January 26, 2002
Happy Australia Day
To all my fellow Aussies, have a great Australia Day. Enjoy!

Bad Boys
Tea Leoni can be seen in the often repeated Bad Boys movie on channel 10 on Sunday night at 8:30pm.

bill roeThis Is Not Happening
The X-Files director of photography Bill Roe [pictured left] has been nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers Award for his work on This Is Not Happening.

"New" Official Magazine
An all-new X-Files magazine will go on sale on February 5 in the US. Expect it in local comic stores shortly afterwards.

Since it's an "all-new" magazine, it will be numbered Issue 1 and will contain an interview with Robert Patrick, a report on Lucy Lawless, an exclusive from the "John Doe" set, the Season 8 episode guide and Frank Spotnitz's take on Season 9.

More Moore
Moore Action Collectibles has announced that the second series for The X-Files will contain the action figures for Reyes, Krycek and the Alien Bounty Hunter. A release date has not been set.

Added Friday, January 25, 2002
News Update
There is a House of Mirth review in this week's NW magazine plus a large photo of Tea Leoni. There is a photo of Lucy Lawless and a brief article about her in the March issue of the magazine TV Jackpot, available at limited newsagents. In overseas magazines the December issue of the UK Glamour magazine has just arrived at some newsagents and it contains a 2 page David Duchovny article.
ThanX as always to Lucy.

Added Monday, January 21, 2002
The End
Been too busy over the last week and a bit for an update .... but the big news out of the US, that you've no doubt read on the various news services (including the E Online story below which broke the news), is that The X-Files will end at the conclusion of season 9.

"X-Files" Gets X-ed Out
by Mark Armstrong Jan 17, 2002, 10:00 AM PT

The truth is out there, and the truth hurts: After nine seasons of sniffing out conspiracies, Fox's The X-Files is packing it in at the end of this season.

Creator Chris Carter told reporters Wednesday that it was time for the long-running series to end, and the finale will air in May.

"It's the ninth inning. We wanted to go out on top," he told Daily Variety. "We wanted to go out as a strong show."

Strong, of course, is all relative: The series has tumbled in the ratings this season, with fans grousing that recent episodes aren't living up to the days of David Duchovny. The X-Files has averaged 8.7 million viewers in its Sunday timeslot, and with costs reaching $4 million per episode, there had already been talk that 20th Century Fox Television was going to end the show's run this year.

Both Carter and star Gillian Anderson have previously voiced their exhaustion with the series, with the actress saying last summer that this would be her last season as Dana Scully so she can focus on being a mom and pursue other projects (she's already adapting the novel Speed of Light for her directorial debut).

Carter, meanwhile, said he wants to end the series with a proper farewell, including a clip show and--for the love of all things holy--some answers.

"I want to be able to wrap things up for the fans who have been there from the beginning and throughout," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "My determination was to go out with a series of very, very strong episodes that are going to pull a lot of threads together from the last nine years."

One thread not yet tied together is whether Duchovny will return for any of the final episodes. Carter said he wanted to enlist Duchovny, but the subject has not yet been discussed.

Since its September 1993 debut, The X-Files went from quirky cult fave to pop-culture phenomenon, turning Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) into sci-fi icons. The series also earned an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series in 1996 and scored Anderson a Best Actress trophy in 1997.

In 2000, Duchovny gradually bowed out of the series to work on a film career, and Carter brought aboard several new cast members to join Anderson, including Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish and Cary Elwes.

Despite Wednesday's announcement, this probably won't be the last we see of Scully and company. Carter has previously indicated plans to make a sequel to the 1998 big-screen version of The X-Files, starring Anderson and Duchovny.
Here is some other news passed along by the wonderful Lucy:

Added Saturday, January 12, 2002
No Joy for House of Mirth fans

Added Friday, January 4, 2002
News Update
There is an Evolution competition in the February issue of TV Hits, out now.

The January Blockbuster video magazine has a full page review of Jurassic Park 3 (starring Tea Leoni) while the January Video Ezy magazine has another Evolution review, about the extras on the DVD, plus a competition; and a small photo of the Return To Me DVD cover, available for purchase this month.

There is a photo of Lucy Lawless in the current NW magazine.

ThanX Lucy.

Added Tuesday, January 1, 2002
LGM Update
I've added the final two episodes, The Cap'n Toby Show and All About Yves to my Lone Gunmen episode guide.

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