The X-Files

As We Approach Sequel Saturation, What Does It Take to Make a Worthwhile Revival?

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As the summer, season of the blockbuster, winds down, the franchise — and the sequel, and the reboot, and all other forms of the nostalgia manipulation that’s been in turbo drive for the past several years — no longer seems so unstoppable. At the box office, we’ve seen tepid performances from some sequels and the straight-up implosion of Fantastic Fournumbers that have been analyzed at length by this site and others. And now the signs of trouble in paradise have migrated to the small screen, with NBC’s announcements that the new Coach, perhaps the most baffling entrant in the revival onslaught, is (mercifully?) no more.
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Ominous Things Are Happening — Very Quickly — in This 15-Second ‘X-Files’ Teaser

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Fox has released a teaser — with actual new footage — for the X-Files reboot, which will air on January 24, 2016. If you find that all exciting, hopefully you won’t be too dismayed by the fact that it’s a mere 10 seconds of new material (and, bonus!, you get an additional five seconds for the title). But in that 10 seconds, so very much is revealed.
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Darren Aronofsky Almost Made a Batman Movie: Links You Need to See

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Before Christopher Nolan came along and made Batman cool and box-office friendly again, the Dark Knight was at a low point, last seen in the embarrassing Batman & Robin. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed five other projects that vied to be made before Nolan’s Batman Begins. One included a Darren Aronofsky-directed adaptation of Frank Miller’s excellent Year One graphic novel. The script got panned when Warner Bros. realized how violent it was. “I think I heard a shriek of horror,” said Miller of Warner Bros.’ response.
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Why Not Everything Is a Reboot (Except Everything Kind of Is)

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In his 1996 book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations, Al Franken pauses a story to explain why, contrary to the impending observations and celebrations, the first day of the new millennium would not be January 1, 2000, but January 1, 2001. “The first year of the new century was the year one, not the year zero, so the first year of the new millennium will be 2001, not 2000. I’ve been trying to explain this to people for years, but no one will listen.” He imagines himself in Times Square on New Years Eve, 1999, raining on everyone’s parade, “A thankless job, but someone will have to do it.” It’s a relatable passage, not just because Franken was right (though he was), but because it captures the frustration of feeling like you’re the only person talking sense in the face of an erroneous cultural assumption. The way Franken felt in 1996 about the starting date of the 21st century is how I feel now whenever people label things reboots that clearly, clearly, are not.
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12 More ’90s TV Shows That We Absolutely Must Revive Immediately

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If there was any remaining sliver of a doubt whatsoever that, seriously, you can get anything green-lit for at least a limited television run as long as it was previously on television, NBC has announced the revival we’ve all been waiting for: a 13-episode return of Coach. No, that’s not a typo, nor an Onion story, nor an early April Fool’s prank by Entertainment Weekly’s Twitter feed; Coach, the Craig T. Nelson/Jerry Van Dyke sitcom that you’ve somehow forgotten even existed despite the fact that it ran for nine seasons (from 1989 to 1997), a show that no one remembers fondly and no one wanted back on television except for maybe Craig T. Nelson, is coming back to television, 18 years after it disappeared.
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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘The X-Files’ Reboots, ‘Transparent’ Streams for Free

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The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of TV news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: lots of pilot pickups, an X-Files reboot, and a chance to watch Transparent for free.
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