We already knew FBI agents Mulder and Scully were returning to FOX in an events series, and now we have a premiere date. FOX on Monday announced the famous sci-fi thriller will make its triumphant return on Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. EST, right after the NFC Championship Game that Sunday. The timing is no accident; The X-Files already has its own fervent fanbase, and airing the show right after a major sporting event will surely grab a few outliers.
Back in March when the show’s return was announced, series creator Chris Carter said to look at the long X-Files absence as a 13-year commercial break. For a lot of people, the X-Files will be completely new, which means it’ll have to build a lot of hype on reputation and word of mouth before it airs. It certainly helps that a lot of the original members and show runners are on board. But nostalgia sometimes isn’t enough.
With the premiere date set for early next year, you have plenty of time to see what all the fuss is about by catching up on the show’s previous nine seasons.