News Briefs: The X-Files’ Chris Carter Is Returning to TV

Carter, far right, checks out some chicks.


… [Tim whistles The X-Files theme] Chris Carter, creator of the Fox smash The X-Files, is returning to television after a long absence. He’s working with MRC (the production company that infamously rented a night’s worth of TV space from The CW a few seasons back) on a project of his own; the show is a mystery with a central female character. Carter’s The X-Files helped pave the way for sci-fi on network TV and popularized serial/case-of-the-week hybrids. Carter also mentored Vince Gilligan, who created the best show on television, Breaking Bad. Welcome back, Chris! [Deadline Hollywood]

… There was only one series premiere last night: ABC’s comedy Suburgatory. With positive reviews backing it up, it drew 9.81 million people and a 3.3 rating, improving on its established lead-in The Middle. Good start for a good new show. [TV By the Numbers]

… I know you’re eager to get the kids out of the house and live out your senior years by playing Bridge, tanning, and RVing, but Parenthood is lasting a little bit longer. NBC has ordered two more episodes of the family drama, bringing its current season total to 24. [Deadline Hollywood]

… It’s just a guess, but Stetsons and spurs might be quite trendy next fashion season. Fox has joined every other TV network in putting a Western into development, this one about the legendary Wyatt Earp. Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (Transformers, Fringe) are producing. Fox also bought a comedy called The Good Life, about a guy who dates things. I mean people. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Oh my dog. Disney Channel has ordered a pilot called Dog With a Blog, about a talking dog who has his own blog. I know you probably picked up on that from the show title, but it’s so incredibly awesome I had to say it FOR REAL. It’s about a dog who blogs! On his computer! Did you hear me? It’s a DOG WHO BLOGS! And there’s gonna be a television show about it! How long before the dog starts posting sexy pics of himself on Twitter like Miley Cyrus does? [Deadline Hollywood]

… NBC is working on an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard short story from the same collection as the short story that inspired Justified. This series will follow a Colombian mail-order bride who become a killer. And it’ll probably be only a fraction as good as it could be if it were on FX. [Deadline Hollywood]


… Debi Mazar will guest-star on ABC Family’s “sitcom” Melissa & Joey. Mazar just finished up her role on Entourage, so I guess she’s moving up. (Take that, Entourage.) [TV Line]

… Dillon Casey has been promoted to series regular on Nikita. He plays Sean Pierce on the action drama. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Some girl named Jacqueline Laurita is quitting some show called The Real Housewives of New York City. [People]

… If you were worried that John Francis Daley might not appear on Bones spin-off The Finder, you can stop worrying. [TV Line]

… Fred Armisen has invited a bunch of his friends to guest-star on his IFC comedy Portlandia. Among them are Tim Robbins, Jack McBrayer, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Penny Marshall, and Amber Tamblyn. That’s an all-star cast of people putting birds on things! [IFC via press release]


… Holly Madison, who found fame by getting naked and being one of The Girls Next Door, has insured her gazoombahs for one million dollars. [EW]

… A mysterious envelope of white powder that was sent to Dancing With the Stars is a hoax, officials say. What does that have to do with breasts? Uh, well, Nancy Grace is still denying her alleged “wardrobe malfunction” from Monday’s episode, so there’s that. [ABC Local]

Follow writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

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