Beloved X-Files characters, the Cigarette Smoking Man and Skinner, to join series reboot
It looks like more fan favorites will be part of the new six-episode run of The X-Files. Last week, Fox announced that Chris Carter, the creator of the classic paranormal investigation series, would script an abbreviated new season that will star the original two lead actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
Duchovny hit the Late Show last night and from his account The Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) and Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) will also be back. Fox has not confirmed the additions to the cast, but Mulder wouldn't lie to you, would he?
The Cigarette Smoking Man was a shadowy figure who was deeply involved in a wide-range of conspiracies and became a staple of the series. His presence could mean that the show will try to continue its overarching mythology rather than just producing six stand-alone episodes.
Beyond story and casting questions, one has to wonder if the CSM will continue to puff on his Morley's now that smoking is banned on primetime network TV. While an e-cig might be possible it seems like nicotine gum would also be timely considering our very own commander-in-chief swears by it.