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'X-Files' revival plans return of Skinner, Cigarette Smoking Man

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Fox’s X-Files revival will likely have more original cast members than first announced.

Star David Duchovny told CBS Late Show host David Letterman on Tuesday that the sci-fi hit’s Fox reboot will include supportive clench-jawed FBI assistant director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and the villainous Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). 

This cast is not yet official. We’re told the only deals in place right now are for Duchovny, co-star Gillian Anderson and creator Chris Carter. But you have to figure that Duchovny is pretty good source of intel, right?

Here’s a question: Will CSM still actually smoke? The X-Files has been off the air so long (13 years) that you can’t even show smoking anymore — typically — on broadcast TV. That’s the problem NBC’s Constantine ran into, when the show’s producers unsuccessfully tried to get network permission to show John Constantine as a regular smoker like in the comics. 

Duchovny joked to Letterman: “When they developed Spanx, I knew I had a shot at coming back.”  

Not bringing back the supporting cast was one suggestions from my list of seven hopes for The X-Files revival. See that shipper-enraging post here