08/23/01: Chris Carter TV Guide Online Chat Transcript [Back to Mods In The Key of X or Harsh Realm]
TV Guide Online: Tonight we are chatting with X-Files creator Chris Carter about the upcoming season of The X-Files. Thanks for chatting with us tonight.

Carter: Hi. Ready for any and all questions...

Question: Chris, Lucy Lawless is well known for her role on Xena, how do you think fans will react to her playing an Agent on The X-Files?

Carter: Well, I hope they like her. We had a chance to cast someone who I had met at the... I think 1997 or 98 Emmy Awards. She came up to me and introduced herself, and said she was a fan of the show. Late last year, when it was announced that Xena wouldn't be coming back, she and her husband sent me a nice note about what fans they were of the show. I took that as an opportunity to take someone who was a fine actress, who would clearly be looking for a role different from the one she had played for the last number of years, and figure out a way to use her in the show. And it just so happened that how we were plotting out Season Nine that she fit perfectly into The X-Files mythology. It's interesting that Lucy studied acting in Vancouver under Bill Davis, who played the Cigarette Smoking Man for so many years.

Question: Are you really into sci-fi stuff or would you like to expand to another category?

Carter: I never considered myself a science-fiction writer to begin with. I always thought of The X-Files as a mystery show that dealt with the paranormal. Now I've been labeled as a science fiction writer, and it's accurate. But it is a limiting label. So, I am interested in doing something outside of that label, but that doesn't rule out a good mystery or thriller story, which is what The X-Files primarily is.

Question: Were you disappointed that Mulder left or were you excited about the new opportunities that opened up?

Carter: Well, we were all sorry to see David go, but it was an understandable decision. Anything that presents itself as a problem to TV producers or writers seems like a bad thing. But, it can be a constructive thing, if you can figure out a way to solve the problem. So, what we're doing is taking a situation -- a Mulder-less X-Files. We're adding some new characters. While it is still a 2 or 3 lead show, there are many more ensemble situations this year that I think will make the show better in some ways.

Question: With the shady disposal of the Cigarette Smoking Man in Season 7, are we to expect any re-appearances or more satisfying closure for the almighty CSM in Season 9?

Carter: Anything can happen on The X-Files.

Question: Chris, your shows are fantastic! Millennium was truly the best show on television. Any chance that it (or any of your other wonderful shows) will be released of video or DVD?

Carter: They're talking about Millennium on DVD. Beyond that I wouldn't think there is much hope for Harsh Realm, or Lone Gunmen. But, I think there are a lot of people asking for the Millennium DVD, so I think that will happen.

Question: Chris, thank you so much for adding Cary Elwes to the cast! The Princess Bride has long been a favorite movie, and I've always thought he would be great on TXF. What are the biggest changes we'll see early on next season, mythology-wise?

Carter: Well, Cary Elwes plays a pirate with a patch on his eye, so that will be a big change... I think you'll see when you watch the first episode, there will be some obvious changes. I won't go into them, but they are obviously the result of the introduction of new characters, and ones who have had relationships that aren't about sexual restraint.

Question: Thank you for bringing us The Lone Gunmen series, even if it was unfortunately brought to an end. Any chance the guys might be appearing in Season 9?

Carter: Yes. You'll see them in the first and second episode. We're just pulling a trick on Fox. The X-Files the ninth season will just be starring the Lone Gunmen.

Question: Mr. Carter, will there be a resolution to the cliffhanger season finale of The Lone Gunmen on The X-Files?

Carter: Yes. But, you really have to have been a careful watcher of that program to understand what it is.

Question: Will Doggett's son's disappearance become part of the mytharc?

Carter: It certainly is something that has shaped his character. So I would say that it won't be the replacement for the Mulder/Samantha search, but it is something that informs his approach to life and his relationship with Monica Reyes.

Question: Hi there, Mr. Carter. I really like the new characters and I think they bring a lot of very positive energy into the show. I'm more excited about The X-Files than I have been in years. How much will Scully be working with Doggett and Reyes?

Carter: From the first episode we'll see how she works with them, even though she is a mother. She is drawn back into The X-Files by the biggest mystery in her life.

Question: Can you make Cary Elwes say 'As you wish' on The X-Files?

Carter: Yes. :)

Question: What's the best movie you've seen in the last year?

Carter: I haven't seen that many movies, but I've seen some good ones. Last night, I saw the Apocalypse Now re-release. It was nice to see it on the big screen, but I though the original release was superior. We've had screenings of a couple of movies here recently. We saw Planet of the Apes, which none of us liked, but we were all big fans of the original. And the guys at Miramax/Dimension sent us a print of The Others, and we liked that. We thought it was really smart and really scary. And you can't take your eyes off Nicole Kidman. It was scary like my favorite scary movies. They made a movie based on Henry James' Turn of the Screw, called The Innocents. It had two creepy kids in it, and the two kids in this were even creepier. This also had a lot of good moments that weren't effect-driven, which was nice to see.

Question: Will Scully's pregnancy be fully explained in the next season?

Carter: Yes. It'll be explored extensively. Explained? You're asking a lot for The X-Files.

Question: How are you doing on the next X-files movie? Have you even started?

Carter: We're talking about it now, pretty actively in fact. If all the business can be worked out, we could see a new X-Files movie in the next few years. But, there's less interest while the series is ongoing.

Question: Chris, are Gillian and David going to make a 2nd X-Files movie?

Carter: And, yes that's the plan to have David and Gillian in it.

Question: Are Krycek, CSM, WMM, and other people from the Consortium really dead?

Carter: That's a question that you have answer specifically... But, I will say that it looks as though all of them have met real and final ends. But, one of them is possibly still alive.

Question: Is there any chance of us seeing the face-less rebels or even Marita this season??

Carter: Marita has been busy working with Jim Carrey. And, if we make any more budget cuts, we'll have to see more of the faceless rebels, because we won't be able to cast real actors.

Question: Will we be seeing a different side of Scully now that she's a mother... maybe more of a motherly side?

Carter: Yes. We'll be doing the breast-feeding episode. :) I think she's going to have to balance her life between being a mother, and being a person who is still looking for the truth.

Question: Hi! Loved season 8! Keep up the great work! But we have to know FOR SURE, who's the father of little baby William? And how is it gonna work without Mulder to play daddy?!

Carter: We're going to turn The X-Files into a sitcom called Everyone Loves Mulder.

Question: What did you do over the summer, we heard you were on island or something catching up on your surfing?

Carter: I went on an amazing surf trip this year to Indonesia.

Question: Are you influenced by any current TV shows or movies?

Carter: I loved the movie The Insider, and I think any contemporary movie that and L.A. Confidential are movies I watch again and again so I would have to say that I'm influenced by those movies.

Question: I heard a rumor that there's gonna be a new syndicate...is it gonna be headed by Director Kersh (I hate that guy)?

Carter: Kersh is wrapped up in a case that begins The X-Files season, but his involvement in it is, and in any larger conspiracy, may not be what you think.

Question: Will there be any scripts written by cast members? Famous authors? Aliens?

Carter: Yes. We're going to have two of them written by aliens this year.

TV Guide Online: Is that a first?

Carter: That's a first. And if they do well, we're thinking about bringing them on staff.

Question: Are there any plans to "intensify" John Doggett this season? We all love watching him let loose on villains!

Carter: Yes. We love his character because he wears his heart on his sleeve, and he is quick to act and do the right thing. So, I think you can expect to see more of that.

Question: Was Doggett a collaborative character or was he created by one person?

Carter: I think it was something that we all talked about, but I wrote his voice. So, I think he was someone we all came up with together, but his voice came out of my head. But, it was something that was helped in a large degree by casting Robert Patrick.

Question: Will there be some humor oriented episodes in Season 9, or is the Doggett/Scully dichotomy not developed enough yet to play off of it?

Carter: It's tricky because Scully's a mother, and there's great suspicion that Mulder is the father, so you have a relationship that is unresolved and largely unspoken. So, I think it's a little early to see Scully and Doggett get together. But, I think the humor this year will come out of situations. And also because we know Doggett better, and we've established his character, so we'll see him lighten up. So, we should see that with Scully, and with Monica Reyes.

Question: How have the changes in technology affected the filming of the XF over the years and what effects do we expect this new technology to have on the XF in the future?

Carter: The practical technology hasn't changed all that much. The effects have become, I think, cheaper because of the advances in technology. You can do more in less time, so you can do it on a TV schedule. But, technology itself is still used best on the X-Files as a storytelling device, because we are all still so afraid of it.

Question: The movie is airing on TV, are their any changes? Has it been edited?

Carter: There are some real slight, and you may not even notice them, deletions from the movie to fit the time format. Rob Bowman, the director, did them himself, so we're all satisfied. It is going to show on Fox on Friday, September 14th, at 8:00.

TV Guide Online: Thanks so much for chatting with us tonight!

Carter: Thank you!

TV Guide Online: Tune into The X-Files on Fox on Sunday nights. Don't miss your chance to catch the network television premiere of The X-Files movie on Sept. 14th on Fox. And visit www.thexfiles.com for all news and information about the series. Thanks for coming tonight.