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‘The X Files’ Returns to Channel 5 in the U.K.

Viacom-owned U.K. net seals deal with Fox

Channel 5 has acquired the upcoming season “The X Files” from Fox and will bring it to U.K. viewers in 2018.

The Viacom-owned free-to-air network has acquired the new season from Fox having fared well with the previous six-episode outing of the show. The launch episode of the previous series was Channel 5’s most popular ever show and 10.1 million tuned in over its full run.

The series is being filmed in Canada and Fox said this week it will bow on January 3. Channel 5 is expected to broadcast the show close the U.S. broadcast on Fox.

Katie Keenan, VP, Acquisitions, Channel 5 and VIMN UK said: “The last series was a huge success with a legion of new fans enjoying this iconic and contemporized series.”

 “We’re thrilled to be back in partnership with Channel 5 on this next event series of one of the biggest brands in TV that made such an impact in 2016,” added Fox’s U.K. and EMEA distribution chief David Smyth.

The new series sees David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner and there will be guest-star appearances by Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as Cigarette Smoking Man.

The new series is executive produced by show creator Chris Carter. 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions make “The X Files.”

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