But will the star be coming back for an eighth year anyway?

By Liane Bonin
Updated March 21, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
David Duchovny
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”The X-Files” may still be ratings gold for Fox TV, but Fox Mulder himself is giving the series a thumbs down these days. ”Have you seen the show the last two weeks? Man, we should stop,” David Duchovny said last weekend while promoting his new film, ”Return to Me” (opening April 7). ”They’re getting pretty bad sometimes. It’s getting a little thin.”

Duchovny says that seven years may already be one season too many for the hour-long drama. ”It’s not like ‘L.A. Law’ where they’ve got new cases coming in all the time. We’ve got to have a good plot, and with 170 plots, that’s not easy,” he explains. Still, the actor insists that at least one upcoming story line is fresh: The April 30 episode, ”Hollywood A.D.,” which features cameos from his wife, Téa Leoni, and friend Garry Shandling, was written and directed by Duchovny. The plot follows Mulder and Scully after their characters become the basis for a Hollywood movie. ”Mine happens to be really good,” Duchovny jokes. ”But those other guys’ [episodes], they’re tired.”

Still, no one’s joking about Duchovny’s ongoing negotiations to return for an eighth season. ”I’m not under contract [now],” he says, ”but something could happen. I honestly can’t tell you whether there will be an eighth year, or whether I’ll be in it. There’s a very good chance there will be an eighth year and I won’t be in it.” (Fox declined to comment on Duchovny’s or the show’s future.)

But even if Duchovny does leave the show to concentrate on a film career, he says he’s not worried about pulling a David Caruso: ”I would hope if people were fans of my work they would be interested in what I was doing and not what they wanted me to do. I would never try to tell the Beatles, ‘You’re going to have to make more songs like ”Hey Jude” and not that crazy stuff you did on the White Album.’ I think of that song, ‘Garden Party,’ which is kind of a silly song, but it’s true. You can’t please anyone if you don’t please yourself.”

Return to Me

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