Walter Skinner and Cigarette Smoking Man Confirmed to Return to X-Files

By on April 5, 2015

20150324_120940_The-X-FilesDuring a recent interview on “Letterman,” David Duchovny revealed several details regarding the upcoming “X-Files” revival.

Duchovny played Agent Mulder alongside Gillian Anderson as Agent Scully in popular series in the 90’s. The revival has confirmed the return in a limited six episode run feature both actors returning in their roles. It was also revealed that we will also see the return on Mitch Pileggi as FBI assistant director Mike Skinner as well as an appearance by the arch nemesis and ex-member of the Syndicate, the Cigarette Smoking Man (played by William B. Davis).

In the original series Skinner typically acted as the voice of reason behind Mulder and Scully, often following orders from higher powers to dissolve unsolvable cases of paranormal phenomenon. Toward the end of the show, he came around to see things more clearly and often partnered with Mulder and Scully to get certain cases solved. Meanwhile, the CSM was behind the cover-up to every major case, especially those involving extraterrestrial activity.

How large of a role both of these characters will play in the revival has not been announced though and Duchovny did not say more than that they would appear.

The six episode run will premiere sometime next year on Fox and is expected to begin filming later this year. The show will return to its original shooting location in Vancouver where the program first began production before later moving to Los Angeles.

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