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Fox Confirms X-Files Reboot Talks

Following the success of Fox s 24 limited series, the network is looking to bring back another iconic drama series, The X-Files . Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman today confirmed chatter that the network is in talks fora new installment of Chris Carters cult supernatural drama, which starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Newman went on to say he was hopeful about the outcome.   Read More...

SideReel's Favorite Nerds

With the premiere of the riotously funny Silicon Valley , SideReel's editorial team got to thinking about our favorite TV nerds. Being of that disposition ourselves, we had a lot of very well-informed opinions, backed up by rigorously researched and tested evidence. But in the end, we had to pick just eight—and so we did. Think we missed yours? Sound off in the comments.   Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey  S1E4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Like everyone else in the world, the editorial team members are big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Following in his mentor Carl Sagan's footsteps, he's bringing complex scientific concepts to the masses through storytelling, analogies, and mind-blowing graphics. The show isn't without controversy, but it's fascinating, and when Tyson makes physics personal, we can't help but want to be swept along for the ride.     The Big Bang Theory  S2E13: The Friendship Algorithm The best part of  The Big Bang Theory has always been Jim Parsons' portrayal of Sheldon Cooper: the brilliant, jittery, physicist who's also one of the most off-kilter straight men ever to be seen on TV. Throughout its long run, we've gotten plenty of great Sheldon episodes, but this one from midway through season two is the first time it really all coalesces. As the episode title implies, he creates an scientific process for making friends—with predictably zany results.    @midnight  S2E38: Nikki Glaser/Steve Agee/Kyle Kinane We'd be remiss if we didn't include the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick on this list. He'd already done more for today's nerdkind than almost anyone else, and then Comedy Central went and gave him his own nightly game show. As host, he gets comedians to riff on everything from the day's internet headlines, to emojii, Star Wars fan art, and Craigslist cosplay personals. It's on late (it starts, as Hardwick always announces, at 11:59 and 59 seconds), but it's making waves among TODAY'S YOUTH (and those of us on the cusp of olds-hood), and it's a good way to get in your daily recommended dose of belly laughs.   Breaking Bad  S1E1: Pilot Over the course of  Breaking Bad 's run, Walter White came to stand for many, many things, but rewatching the pilot is a good reminder that before he was The One Who Knocks, Heisenberg, meth kingpin of the American Southwest, and the best anti-hero, um, EVER, he was just a high school chemistry teacher; a nerd, if you will. He made science cool for Jesse Pinkman (for a little while at least), and he definitely lived the motto safety first when it came to cooking. What a role model!   The X-Files  S2E22: F. Emasculata If ever the divide between geek and nerd was on display, it was in the personas of Mulder and Scully. Mulder was the geek, Scully was the nerd. She had a rigorous scientific background (don't forget, she was a medical doctor!) and always came equipped with a gun and a hefty dose of skepticism—or at least she did before the show went off the deep end. In "F. Emasculata", her training is in full display as she tackles an unstoppable plague sweeping through a prison's population.    The Late Show with David Letterman  S21E31: February 27, 2014 We didn't have to pick this particular episode of  Letterman , but the inclusion of  the "Stupid Human Tricks" segment didn't hurt. A pioneer in the world of late night comedy, Letterman will be sorely missed when he steps down at the end of his current contract (Spring 2015). He brought a curiousity not present prior to his reign that's now a staple of late night shows. From "Will it Float?" to "Know Your Current Events" to the aforementioned "Stupid Human Tricks", there was always a burning desire to know something behind those fashionable spectacles. Whoever takes over the  Late Show throne will have to match that.   Firefly  S1E9: Ariel Thousands of gallons of digital ink have been metaphorically spilled discussing the merits and cancelation of this modern classic series, so please don't begrudge us adding a few more words. Simon Tam, like his sister, River, was a prodigy, the Doogie Howser of his time, even. Thankfully, he only used his unmatched scientific skills for good (or at least what passed for good in the ambiguous world of  Firefly ), and in "Ariel" we get to see the demons with which he wrestles, and just how much he'd have been able to accomplish if he'd been willing to play the game rather than going rogue.    Futurama  S5E10: The Farnsworth Parabox Good news! The last fantastic nerd on our list is Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, citizen of Earth circa the year 3000. He's tenured at Mars University, is a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize, and he's definitely unparalleled at using his abilities to create insane things, like, for instance, a box containing another universe—in which his doppelganger has created a box which contains our universe. It hurts our brains, but that's why Farnsworth is in a league of his own.      Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of Her nerd power is the complete recall of plots from 19-year-old episodes of Sliders . You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

The X-Files' Gillian Anderson on Her New Series Crisis

Gillian Anderson has been featured as a recurring guest-star on NBC's Hannibal as Dr. Lecter's damaged but steely therapist Bedelia Du Maurier. She makes her big return to U.S. series television this Sunday, though, in NBC's  Crisis . The show follows the kidnapping of the teen children of several of Washington D.C.'s elite when they are on a field trip. Anderson plays a Meg Finch in the series, a high-powered executive whose child was on the bus that was taken. Her estranged sister is the FBI agent assigned to the case. Read More...

X-Files actress Gillian Anderson is writing a series of scifi novels

Gillian Anderson delighted us for years as the skeptical Agent Scully on The X-Files, and now she wants to return to the genre that made her famous, this time as an author. However, the main character in her upcoming book series sounds tailor-made for Anderson as an actress. Read More...

'The X-Files' 20th anniversary: The truth was out there

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall celebrates the 20th anniversary of "The X-Files" by looking back at the legacy and influence of the classic FOX sci-fi drama.  Read More...

THE X-FILES at Comic-Con 2013: Live-Blog

THE X-FILES may have been off our television screens for 11 years (and it’s been five years since the last movie), but in honor of the 20th anniversary of THE X-FILES pilot debuting on Fox (its official debut was on September 10, 1993), TV Guide Magazine is hosting a panel that will reunite many of [...]

'The X-Files' 20th Anniversary: Where Are They Now?

It's been 20 years since The X-Files claimed "The Truth is Out There." Agents Mulder and Scully will be reunited at this year's San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 18 (3:30-4:30pm, Ballroom 20), along with Chris Carter, David Amann, Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, Jim Wong and more to-be-announced guests. Panel participants will try to answer any lingering questions or conspiracy theories diehard fans (Are there any other kind?) might still have for one of TV's most popular Sci-Fi shows ever. Read More...

Mulder & Scully! Marshmallows! A Red Wedding Present! 14 Things We're Psyched for at Comic-Con

Whether you're an alien with two hearts, a clone with identity issues or a part-faerie waitress, Comic-Con is the place for you. The annual convention will hit San Diego Thursday-Sunday to allow fans from all genres to let their geek flag fly. will wade through this sea of cosplay and free hugs to get the scoop on the latest entertainment news. Here are 14 things we're looking forward to the most at Comic-Con:'s complete Comic-Con coverage 1. The truth is still out there

The 'X-Files' Moment That Cracks Gillian Anderson Up

"The X-Files" veteran has been making the comic book convention rounds in celebration of the show's 20th anniversary and is gearing up for Comic-Con International in San Diego . In an interview with The Huffington Post in May, Anderson said the convention experience has been "extraordinary." "I've never done them before and I'm doing them for a year -- it's the 20th anniversary of when the series started -- and I thought, 'Just for a year, if it fits into my schedule, I'll show up and meet the fans,'" she said. "It's been great. I'm really glad that I chose to do that. What I'm finding is parents are coming with their teenagers having introduced them -- they're getting to watch it together. [It's] their parents' old favorite show [so] there's a whole new generation that's starting. Just the thought of that, the thought of a parent that used to watch the show on Friday nights live, religiously, date night in the '90s, gets to say, 'OK, son, you're old enough. I'm going to watch it and revisit it with you' -- it just makes me so happy." During its nine-season run from 1993-2002, "The X-Files" produced more than 200 episodes. Despite that large number, Anderson was quick to name a favorite. Read More...

Comic-Con 2013: David Duchovny confirmed for 'X-Files' 20th anniversary

Both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have been confirmed for the "X-Files" 20th anniversary panel at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. The panel will take place on Thursday, July 18 at 3:30pm in Ballroom 20.Although Gillian Anderson's attendance was confirmed by the Official Gillian Anderson website on Wednesday (June 26), this is the first full confirmation that Duchovny would in fact be joining her. The Unofficial SDCC blog first reported the news on Wednesday, July 3. Michael Schneider, the moderator of the panel, confirmed the news to the blog.If last year's "Firefly" 10th anniversary is anything to go by, fans of "The X-Files" should plan to line up for Ballroom 20 early. SDCC hasn't announced when it will open lines on Wednesday (attendees can't even pick up passes before then), but it's likely that the line for "The X-Files" will begin shortly after that.In addition to the "X Files" panel, Anderson at least will...