The band is back together … “The X-Files” band, that is.
Stars David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi reunite with creator/executive producer Chris Carter for a special, much-anticipated six-episode series 12 years after the last episode aired and nearly eight years after the last feature film.
It kicks off at 9 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 24) following the NFC Championship game on Fox, with episode two airing in what will be its regular timeslot of 7 p.m. Monday.
For hard-core fans, the limited series jumps right into what propelled the original for nine seasons -- FBI special agent Fox Mulder’s obsession with aliens and/or the conspiracy surrounding them.
Mulder (Duchovny), who’s been living off the grid, and Scully (Anderson), now a surgeon, are asked by the FBI director (Pileggi) to follow up on the alien theories of a TV conspiracist (Joel McHale).
Other than a few missteps here and there -- Why would someone who claims to have been abducted by aliens several times live in the middle of nowhere away from people and protection? -- the reboot feels like Linus’ blanket, warm and comforting.
Duchovny and Anderson slip easily back into the give-and-take which helped make the original series so darn entertaining. Plus, we have all the character cameos to look forward to, with the first coming in the first episode’s final scene. This is one heck of a welcome return. Grade: B
Also beginning this week:
“Lucifer,” 8 p.m. Monday, Fox. This is another comic book/graphic novel adaptation with Tom Ellis playing the title character who has left hell to hang out and relax in Los Angeles, of all places. Here he meets a detective (Chloe Decker) who is immune to his charms. Together they do good, which, is, well, not good because it throws off the balance between good and evil. Ellils is charming, but this nothing more than another buddy cop procedural. Grade: C.
“The Magicians,” 8 p.m. Monday, Syfy. This is one of those shows where reading the source material may have been helpful. Based on Lev Grossman’s novels, the series stars Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater whose unique talent lands him in the secretive Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy. Apparently, the magic world that Coldwater and his friends read about as kids is real and with real danger. Fans of the books probably will like it because they know what the heck is happening. I was lost. Grade: C-
“Recovery Road,” 8 p.m. Monday, Freeform (formerly ABC Family). This, too, is based on a book, Blake Nelson’s young adult story about a teenage addict living in a rehab home with other addicts. Jessica Sula plays Maddie who becomes addicted to alcohol after her father died in a car accident. This one’s preachy, overly dramatic and everything you would expect from a show like this. It kind of reminded me of those after-school specials I watched as a kid. Grade: C.
Here are two other premieres this week that I didn’t see:
“Outsiders,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, WGN America. No, this isn’t another adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel. Instead, this is a drama starring David Morse and Ryan Hurst about a tight-knit, renegade (and long-haired) family living in the rugged hills of Appalachia. Expect this one to be violent.
“You, Me and the Apocalypse,” 7 p.m. Thursday, NBC. The ensemble comedy tells the story of how a diverse group of characters come together when a comet is discovered to be on a collision course with earth. Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer head up the cast. Expect this one to be over the top.