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“The X-Files” creator Chris Carter returns to television with new mystery drama

“The X-Files” creator Chris Carter returns to television with new mystery drama (photo)

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Chris Carter took a well-deserved vacation after “The X-Files” wrapped in 2002. The beloved cult television series, which lived on Fox for nine years, helped give sci-fi and conspiracy theories a new life in the 90s and has become an integral part of American pop culture. But Carter hasn’t returned to television since. Other than penning the screenplays for the two “X-Files” films — “The X-Files” and “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” — and working on a video game spin-off, Carter has been largely absent from Hollywood over the past decade. Until now, that is.

Deadline is reporting that Carter is set to write, direct and executive produce a mystery drama with a female lead for MRC. Apparently Carter approached MRC with the idea for the action series earlier this year, and MRC agreed to take on the project.

Carter’s long-anticipated return to television is sure to be met with plenty of interest after “The X-Files” went on to be one of Fox’s biggest hits. Word is that Carter and MRC will start pitching the project to networks in a few weeks. Plot details are slim for the series, but once it gets picked they will probably hit the web.

In addition to his new untitled television project, Carter also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming thriller “Fencewalker,” which he’s also directing. The movie stars Katie Cassidy, Natalie Dormer and Xzibit. It was supposed to hit theaters in 2011, but there’s no update on that. There’s also talk of Carter working on a potential third “The X-Files” movie.

Are you interested in seeing what Carter has created next? Would you want to see another “The X-Files” movie? Let us know in the comments section below, or share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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