Start cranking the Ramones: The Lone Gunmen are set to return for season 10 of The X-Files. Yes, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood will reprise their roles as Melvin Frohike, Richard “Ringo” Langly, and John Fitzgerald Byers, respectively.
Haglund confirmed the news himself today via Twitter:
This is a big deal for a couple of reasons: For one, the notorious Lone Gunmen were thought to have perished in a season nine episode, “Jump the Shark”, which tied up some loose ends from their short-lived titular FOX series. What’s more, this news hints that, perhaps, the series may pay credence to the recent Chris Carter-produced comic series by IDW, in which the quirky trio resurface having faked their deaths.
The revival has also added a few familiar faces for a handful of roles, among them are Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), Robbie Amell (The Flash), Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), and The X-Files Files host himself Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). Nanjiani posted the news last week on Twitter, too, with this cool photo:
The new season, the first in the series in 13 years, will premiere January 26th, 2016 on FOX. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are on board to return as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for the six-episode mini-season, which will be a mixture of serialized storytelling and one-off monster episodes.
Other returning characters include Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis, who’ll be playing Walter Skinner and The Smoking Man, respectively. New additions to the cast include Joel McHale as Tad O’Malley, “the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Mulder,” and Annet Mahendru (The Americans) as Sveta, “who believes she’s regularly abducted by aliens.”
Check out more behind the scenes production photos and plot details here.