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David Duchovny talks 'The X-Files': Who’s coming back

Actor David Duchovny takes part in a panel discussion for the show "Californication" at the CBS and Showtime portion of the 2011 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California, January 14, 2011.

Actor David Duchovny takes part in a panel discussion for the show "Californication" at the CBS and Showtime portion of the 2011 Winter Press Tour for the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, California, January 14, 2011.  (Reuters)

David Duchovny was on "Late Show With David Letterman" last night to plug his new alt-rock album — yes, "Hell Or Highwater" is available now at your local record store or illegal download site. But, as you might have heard, he also has a couple of TV projects in the works.With his seven-year run on Showtime’s "Californication" in the rearview mirror, Duchovny is set to star in "Aquarius," NBC’s gritty drama about a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson. But the crowd wanted to hear details about Fox’s resuscitation of "The X-Files,"  which was announced last week.

Creator Chris Carter and co-star Gillian Anderson are back for Round 2 of the 1990s drama about the FBI agents probing cases with a paranormal bent. But Duchovny also confirmed the return of a couple other castmates. “Mitch Pelligi will come back,” he said, referring to the actor who recurred as Walter Skinner, “and the Cigarette-Smoking Man — if this means anything to anyone — will be coming back.” It meant plenty to many members of the studio audience who fondly recall William B. Davis’ character, the archnemesis of Duchovny’s Fox Mulder.

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Letterman noted that "The X-Files" has the hard-core fan base from its original 1993-2002 run on Fox and the two movies, but it also has developed new fans in the decade-plus since it left the air.“It’s a strange phenomenon that people still want to see those characters,” Duchovny noted, “but I’m grateful.”

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