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The X-Files will return in January

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While the news that Fox was bringing back The X-Files may have seemed like a fan fever dream, it's closer than ever — and now we know exactly when we'll be able to see Fox Mulder and Dana Scully back in action. Fox has announced that the new six-episode "event series" will debut on Sunday, January 24th following the NFC championship football game. The following night, the show will then move to its normal Monday 8PM time slot.

The X-Files ended its original run back in 2002, and other than the 2008 feature X-Files: I Want to Believe, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have largely moved on to an assortment of other projects (most notably Californication for Duchovny, with Anderson showing up in everything from The Fall to Hannibal). X-Files also proved to be a creative incubator for writing and directing talent — in particular, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. The new limited series is coming courtesy of original series mastermind Chris Carter, and while plot details are still under wraps we already know we'll be seeing (former?) FBI Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). And aliens, probably. We're pretty sure about aliens.