The X-Files premiered its first two revival episodes on back-to-back nights with some resounding audience reaction. “My Struggle,” the season premiere, pulled in more than 16 million viewers after a generous lead-in from the NFL. More impressively, the James Wong penned episode, “Founder’s Mutation,” pulled in 9.7 million total viewers for a ratings share of 3.2.
Nostalgia is proving to be big business in the industry, and Fox appear to again be capitalizing after the surprise success of 24: Live Another Day.
A valid question can be raised about what is next on the radar for Fox. In a phone conference interview with Chris Carter, and numerous reporters, Den of Geek asked if the executives at Fox hinted about developing any non-X-Files projects that Chris Carter has worked on or developed – namely, the cult classic Millennium.
“Right now we’re so focused on [The X-Files] that there are no talks about doing anything else,” Carter said.
With the success of The X-Files revival, the chatter surrounding Millennium may start to get louder. Carter acknowledged the fan interest in Millennium is strong, which was a major force in driving the X-Files back to television.
“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.”
It may be wishful fan speculation for now, but Carter says he does have an outline on how to revive the series that starred Lance Henriksen as criminal profiler Frank Black.
“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.”
In a 2014 Reddit AMA, Carter was asked if he could see Frank Black and Millennium on television today.
“I don't know where I see him today, but I think that it would be great to revive him and that character so many years later,” he said. “If for the 20th Anniversary of Millennium, I think it would be amazing if we brought Lance back as Frank Black as a man still basically on the job.”
On the X-Files conference call ahead of the premiere, Carter named a few other series that could make their way back to television. “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.”
Harsh Realm was the short-lived, but ahead of its time, series about virtual reality, which was also produced for Fox. Unique was developed as a mystery police thriller about a woman seeking revenge for her husband, only to be drawn into a global conspiracy. The Lone Gunmen was an X-Files spinoff that lasted only one season on Fox.
Carter also shot a pilot for Amazon called The After, which was intended as a contemporary retelling of Dante’s Inferno. Sighting creative difference and lack of audience interest, the project did not more forward.
If the ratings for the remaining X-Files remain high, hope may spring eternal for Carter’s other projects.