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November 1 2007

Joss Whedon and The X-Files return

Joss WhedonNo, Joss Whedon is not involved with The X-Files, but there is news about both today.

First up, Joss is returning to TV. For those unfamiliar with him, he was the man behind Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. Now it has been announced that he is teaming up with Eliza Dushku, who played Faith on Buffy, for a new series called Dollhouse.

From a report in the above linked article:

…stars Dushku as Echo, a member of a group of men and women who are imprinted with different personalities for different assignments. In between tasks they are mind-wiped, living like children in Dollhouse, a futuristic dorm/lab. They have no memories of their previous lives, until Echo begins to try to find out who she was.

The general premise leaves me a little bit cold, but then I also thought that Buffy sounded like crap when I first heard about it also.  Whedon hs proven to me countless times that he can turn just about any concept in to a winner with his rich characters and snappy banter style of writing.

All that being said… it’s going to be on Fox… I’ll enjoy the four episodes that will air…

X-Files LogoBut, speaking of Fox… July 25th, 2008 will see the release of a second X-Files movie.  Filming begins December 10th in Vancouver, and, yes, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are back.  Not only are they back, but Chris Carter, creator of the series, has penned the script and will be directing.

The big question has to be how they will handle the fact Mulder and Scully were no longer FBI agents at the end of the series.   A small thing, but, it will need to be dealt with.

Luckily Carter is saying the movie will be a stand-alone story and not be part of the increasingly odd alien invasion storyline that ran through most of the series.

Both projects have me nervous, but to be sure I will be checking both out.



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  • While I have great faith in Whedon’s writing, I don’t necessarily have it in Eliza Dushku’s appeal. She was great as Faith but wasn’t very compelling in Tru Calling (sic). Of course, it could have been that the series just sucked but I wonder if she’s not cut out to play the good girl.

    As for X-Files, I think that ship has sailed and the fact that Duchovny is back in the fold shows that his career is flatlined. Carter spit on the fans in the last season (killing off the Lone Gunmen was one of the worst things) and they’re not likely to come out in force for his movie.