CTV acquires Canadian rights to The X-Files

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Bell Media announced Tuesday (Dec. 1) that it has acquired the Canadian rights to the upcoming X-Files event series starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as detectives Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

The six-episode revival will premiere on CTV with a special two-night premiere on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Monday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will continues Mondays at 8 p.m. for the next four weeks. Episodes will also be made available on CTV.com, the CTV app and on demand following their linear airings. All episodes will air in simulcast with Fox in the U.S.

The sci-fi series originally aired on Global for its 1993-2002 run in Canada.

“I think of it as a 13-year commercial break,” said series creator Chris Carter, who is returning to helm the event series. “The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories.”

This evening’s episode of eTalk (airing at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) will deliver fans a sneak peek at the new series. The Canadian network will also air the official trailer during their broadcast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In preparation for the big event, Space, Bell Media’s specialty network will broadcast 20 “must-see and most-defining episodes” of the original X-Files series that have been personally curated by Chris Carter over a two-day marathon beginning Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. ET/PT to 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The first episode will see Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. Mitch Pileggi will return as FBA Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner. Guest stars include the returns of Annabeth Gish (as Special Agent Monica Reyes) and William B. Davis as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Joining them are Joel McHale (Community), Robbie Amell (The Flash), Lauren Ambrose (Dig), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Concords) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

If you are looking to refresh your X-Files memory a bit sooner (perfect time over the holidays), Carter did select 10 episodes that every fan should watch with Entertainment Weekly over the summer, check them out here. All 202 episodes are currently streaming on Netflix in Canada. Bell Media has announced that The X-Files will anchor the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Collection on CraveTV in Spring 2016.

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