Why Fox is Reviving The X-Files: To Strike a Lucrative Streaming Deal on Old Episodes

Norman Weiss

Why Fox is reviving The X-Files: To strike a lucrative streaming deal on old episodes
The six-episode event series could make The X-Files a hot property again, potentially resulting in a lucrative streaming deal for all previous episodes, as Merrill Barr points out. Just last year, Fox sold streaming rights to the entire 24 canon just as 24: Live Another Day brought back interest in Jack Bauer. "A revival of ­The X-Files means all of the show's previous work is valuable again," says Barr. "Old fans are going to start re-watching it, and newcomers are going to start seeking it out in order to get caught up before the premiere."

Mindy Kaling on The Mindy Project season finale: "The last five minutes are incredible"
"We had a day of shooting where it was just Chris (Messina) by himself -- if that gives you any indication," says Kaling, previewing tonight's cliffhanger. PLUS: Expect a lot of Empire references, and Kaling wanted "a good, recappy feel" to the finale.

Robert Durst was "tricked" by The Jinx filmmakers, says his lawyer
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Showtime orders Billions starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti
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Supernatural bringing back Jim Beaver
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Fictional presidents like Frank Underwood haven't done anything in the real world that would affect you, so of course they'd be popular. "These characters are fictional, and even the morally ambiguous or Machiavellian ones are written to be sympathetic or alluring for the sake of compelling TV," says Asawin Suebsaeng.

The Office's influence can be seen in everything from Modern Family to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Paula Deen announces a new show on an obscure cable channel
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College student booted from airplane for wearing a "Broad F*cking City" T-shirt
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Jimmy Kimmel gained 9 Lbs. in Austin
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Nightline launched 35 years ago today
The Ted Koppel-hosted nightly news program on the Iran hostage crisis was officially named "Nightline" on March 24, 1980.

Letterman explains why TMZ caught him jogging in his socks in St. Barts
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Was Martin Short's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt character based on Madonna's dermatologist?
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