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THE X-FILES creator reflects on his nine-year tenure with genre TV's most ambitious mythology-driven series

By Melissa J. Perenson     April 10, 2002


THE X-FILES' Chris Carter looks happy to be at the A.I. premiere gathering.
© 2001 Sue Schneider

The studio may officially have the day off, but not Chris Carter. With his creation THE X-FILES coming down the home stretch of a successful nine-year run, the executive producer finds himself toiling away at the office during the Presidents' Day holiday. The past few weeks have been above and beyond the normal level of hectic, seeing how Carter handled both the writing and directing chores for the forthcoming episode "Improbable." Fresh off the episode's second-unit filming, Carter shifts his attention to the teleplay for episode 17 a story he's co-writing with Frank Spotnitz and X-FILES alumnus David Duchovny, who will also be directing as part of his deal to return for the series' two-hour finale.



Understandably, Carter's focus is on the immediate here and now, and the workload that lies ahead. The reality that this is the last season of his brainchild a series no one, including the creator, anticipated would run for nine seasons still seems far off. On the contrary, that foreknowledge is a small comfort considering the mammoth-sized task that still lies ahead.

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