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X-Files animated series could tackle cases too weird for Mulder and Scully

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Gillian Andersen as Scully and David Duchovny as Mulder in The X-Files. Image: 20th Century Fox Television

Fox Entertainment is developing another spinoff of must-see-’90s-TV series The X-Files — and this time it’s an animated comedy. X-Files: Albuquerque will center on an office of misfits who try to deal with the cases too goofy for Mulder and Scully.

Which is funny, because that’s what I thought Mulder and Scully’s relationship was to the rest of the FBI. Show creator Chris Carter will executive produce, with Rocky Russo and Jeremy Sosenko (Paradise PD) to write the pilot, and Bento Box Entertainment, home of Bob’s Burgers, to animate.

“The X-Files: Albuquerque is an animated series about an office full of misfit agents who investigate the X-Files cases too wacky, ridiculous or downright dopey for Mulder & Scully to bother with” a Fox representative told Polygon. “They’re basically the X-Files’ B-team.”

It won’t be the first time The X-Files has tried to go funny in a spinoff. 2001’s The Lone Gunmen kicked off before the original show even ended, starring the main series’ most beloved recurring characters, and was cancelled after a single season. But if Star Trek can have its Lower Decks, why not The X-Files?

The X-Files: Albuquerque has been optioned for a script and presentation, but not yet greenlit as a full series.