The X-Files and Related Gillian Anderson Trivia

New episodes of The X-Files are back after the holiday break. How are things going in the world of Gillian Anderson and the show she’s been on forever that isn’t nearly as good as The Fall? Continue reading “The X-Files and Related Gillian Anderson Trivia”

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Wow, 21 Minutes of The X-Files Re-Opened

The X-Files Re-Opened is a 21 minute preview of the upcoming new episodes of The X-Files. The video includes interviews, previews, remarks from the excited actors and the director Chris Carter. It’s a combined behind-the-scenes and preview. Continue reading “Wow, 21 Minutes of The X-Files Re-Opened”

Watch This: Trailer for The X-Files

With a mere six-episode story to tell, The X-Files comes to Fox, debuting with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. It’s been 13 years since David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson told the far-out stories of Mulder and Scully. Their personalities remain unchanged.

Not only are some of the original actors returning, some of the original writers and directors are back. If you loved The X-Files before, you’re probably going to love it again. It looks like it will be true to the original in every way.

Some of the guest stars for the series are Joel McHale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Annabeth Gish, Annet Mahendru, Rhys Darby, Kumail Nanjiani, and William B. Davis.

In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee.

Were you a faithful fan of the original series? Will you be watching this small gift from The X-Files?

Images © 2015 Fox Broadcasting Co.

3 Reasons Archie Panjabi’s Unforgettable Kalinda Sharma Deserves a Great Send Off

Archie Panjabi sounds ready to hang it up in this tweet.

If I were Archie Panjabi, I’d have mixed emotions about leaving The Good Wife. Archie’s had a landmark role on a great show. Her character Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife was a cultural pioneer in many ways. Yet Archie Panjabi is making news because she’s leaving The Good Wife before its run is finished.

Lately Kalinda has been stuck away in a minor plot line where she plays a terrified baby sitter for Lamond Bishop (Mike Colter). If she’s left in this powerless spot, she will just fade away. Kalinda can’t just fade away.

Here are my 3 top reasons why she deserves a great send off when she leaves the show at the end of season 6.

1. Kalinda brings the diversity

Kalinda in her leather jacket

Before everyone was trying to score diversity points by having a woman of color in their cast, Archie Panjabi was bringing diversity to The Good Wife. This award winning actress wasn’t stereotyped as some ridiculous ethnic character, she was the investigator for a law firm, a multi-layered, complex woman.

Before Shonda Rhimes had 3 shows, before Orange is the New Black brought a rainbow of characters into stardom, Kalinda was there.

2. Kalinda is bisexual

Kalinda looks at the camera

Kalinda was one of very few bisexual characters on TV for a time, and it was no big deal. It was simply Kalinda. She broke ground for other bi characters to follow.

3. Kalinda is THE MOST BADASS

Kalinda and Alicia have a drink

In a cast full of amazing women including her bosses, one of whom was Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Kalinda takes the badass prize every time.

Diane and Kalinda in an office

Kalinda can out-badass her other badass boss, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski).

Kalinda can find any answer, solve any problem, crack any case in the service of her lawyer bosses. She is brilliant at badass.

And then there’s her badass wardrobe. The leather, the boots. Kalinda Sharma in leather is the iconic badass look. Before Bo (Anna Silk) took leather to sexy heights in Lost Girl, there was Kalinda looking professionally dangerous in leather. Kalinda could stand beside Alicia or Diane in their couture suits and dresses and look like she belonged in an office. She belonged in the office, but she was different: sexier, more dangerous, mysterious. Archie Panjabi owned that leather with her posture, her attitude, her dark-eyed stare.

The Send Off

Creators Michelle King and Robert King have written brilliantly on The Good Wife with an array of complicated characters and pointed plots. I’m hoping they’ve figured out a fantastic way for us to say goodbye to Kalinda – a way that makes us happy she’s leaving and lets the cast give her a lot of love along the way. I hope she has a show or two to take the lead, drive the plot, and finally take her leave for a logical reason.

Lately the names Mulder and Scully have been in the news. Nobody has to explain those names. Everyone knows them. We know who Buffy Summers is. We know who Bette Porter is. We know who Thelma and Louise are. Through some magic of writing and casting, some characters become icons. Archie Panjabi created Kalinda Sharma with such power that she’s reached iconic. Kalinda Sharma is loved by many, and valued by many as a symbol. Kalinda Sharma will not be forgotten.

Many thanks to Michelle and Robert King for writing her to be the badass we love, and many millions of thanks to Archie Panjabi for bringing her to life as an unforgettable character.

She will be missed.

The X Files is Coming Back!

I don’t know if Mulder is ready, but the audience out here (me!) is ready. Yep, ready for all 6 new episodes of The X Files promised to us by FOX.

David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully
David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully

Yippee! We’re gonna get more stories with David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. A 13 year hiatus is plenty long. Too long. The X Files creator Chris Carter told TV Line, “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

Sure, Forbes cynically states that the only reason this is happening is for Netflix’s streaming rights. It ain’t for the fans, says Forbes. I guess the folks at Forbes think everything else that happens on TV or in the movies isn’t done for money.

There’s no word on whether the story will take up where it left off 13 years ago to tie up loose ends or will be a stand alone mini-series. It wouldn’t hurt to binge watch all 9 years worth of past episodes, just to be ready. You can never be too ready for a new conspiracy, right?

I’m actually happy the revival is only going to be 6 episodes. Wonderful as this nostalgic return of an old favorite may be, I don’t want anything to distract Gillian Anderson from the time needed to fulfill her true purpose in life: playing Stella Gibson on The Fall.

The mini-series starts filming this summer. An air date has not been announced.