The moment FOX’s revived X-Files announced that The Flash and Six Feet Under alums Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose would appear as a pair of upstart FBI agents, the TV-minded knew a spinoff might be in the cards. It seems that was in fact the case, at least initially, but has creator Chris Carter abandoned plans for a series without Mulder and Scully?

Per TVLine, it seems the potential for Amell and Ambrose’s Agents Mills and Einstein to headline their own series may have been discarded, despite some confirmed initial consideration. Series creator Chris Carter acknowledged the possibility, though neither actor’s deal actually included any deal for a series beyond the six episodes in question.

People can speculate, but [their pacts] weren’t negotiated that way … Right now I’m focused on doing the show with David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson].

Thus far, FOX’s X-Files return has confirmed the Lone Gunmen, Annabeth Gish, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis to reprise their roles beside David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, while Community star Joel McHale will play a conservative pundit who tasks Mulder and Scully with investigating a woman claiming to have been abducted (The Americans star Annet Mahendru). Additionally, comedian and superfan Kumail Nanjiani will play a small role.

On the creative side, writers and producers Chris Carter, Glen Morgan and Jim Wong will return to write and direct, and composer Mark Snow also aboard. Plenty more details will arise before the official January 24 premiere, but rewatch the X-Files trailers below, and prepare for the truth to return in 2016.

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