The X-Files Sets Return Date; 9-1-1 to Follow on FOX!

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FOX in January is going to be HOT!

9-1-1, the provocative new procedural drama, will premiere following the debut of the next thrilling chapter of The X-Files Wednesday, Jan. 3 on FOX.

The all-new, 10-episode second installment of The X-Files event series once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

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Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner.

Additionally, the all-new episodes will feature guest-star appearances by Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”

What we know so far is Mulder and Scully will be on the hunt for their son, and Scully will find herself in grave danger (after The X-Files Season 10 Episode 6, anything was on the table!).

There will also be two mythology chapters and eight standalone chapters. Of course, nothing ever stands completely alone in The X-Files universe, so take that as you will.

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In 2016, The X-Files drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was the season’s No. 2 broadcast drama, as well as the most talked-about event series on Twitter.

Along with Carter, series veteran Glen Morgan serves as an executive producer. Following The X-Files, provocative new drama 9-1-1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) premieres.

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From creators Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story franchise), Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story) and Tim Minear (American Horror Story), 9-1-1 explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics, and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.

These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.

The series stars Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, What’s Love Got to Do with It), Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Peter Krause (The Catch, Six Feet Under) and Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights).

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Oliver Stark (Into The Badlands), Aisha Hinds (Underground), Kenneth Choi (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Stor”) and Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break) also star.

Brad Buecker directs the premiere episode and serves as an executive producer, along with Alexis Martin Woodall and series star Angela Bassett.

If you thought your January was going to slow down any, you were wrong. Things are only getting started!

Both shows will premiere on Wednesday, January 3, beginning at 8/9c. They will take the place of Empire and Star during their hiatus.

Are you already psyched for the holidays to be over?

Hit the comments with your thoughts and let us know if you'll be tuning in!

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The X-Files Quotes

Mulder: Air's gettin' a little hot in here.
O'Malley: Oh. Those don't roll down. I had the vehicle bulletproofed.
Mulder: Because you never know when a gun-toting liberal might go Hinkley.

Scully: I'm always happy to see you.
Mulder: And I'm always happy to find a reason.