Many date the audience’s growing obsession with explicating, dissecting, and parsing every shirt color, every line of dialogue, and every series of numbers popular on shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men back to J.J. Abrams’ Lost. It’s true, too, that it really took off on the INTERNET with Lost, but truthfully, I think The X-Files is where the seeds of those obsession began, and personally, I think the show has been nearly as important to the television revolution discussed in Brett Martin’s Difficult Men as The Sopranos. The series was broken up into splendid monster-of-the-week episodes and mytharc episodes, and I think it was the mytharc episodes of The X-Files that made it one of the first truly addictive dramas on television. The X-Files, of course, is also where Vince Gilligan learned to become the best showrunner on television under his mentor, Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files.
Carter has been mostly MIA since The X-Files, save for the underwhelming X-Files movie, I Want to Believe, but according to Carter, per an interview with Vulture, he’s currently developing a series for AMC.
It’s actually the second of two series he’s currently developing, in addition to The After, the pilot of which has ben picked up by Amazon (which does not yet have a good track record). The AMC series, however, sounds more compelling. What’s it about? Carter’s only offering hints.
When asked if this book might be something we’d recognize, Carter answered in a vein familiar to any X-Files fan: “I’m not going to spoil it.” But he did elaborate a bit further on the AMC project, hinting, “I think that I am treading on some of this interesting ground that Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange have uncovered for us.” Another resource he’s drawing from is his cable-news addiction, which currently keeps him up at night. “I’ve become very interested in the spectrum of political discourse as seen on the cable news channels that are conveniently right in a row on my cable provider’s dial,” he said. “I can flip from Fox to CNN to HLN to MSNBC, and I find myself at night flipping it back and forth through them, and it’s something of an addiction. Not necessarily for the content but for the context. And I’m writing about it.” As for when this Unidentified Scripted Object may eventually be landing, Carter would only say, “It’s up to the Fates. I will be done with a draft shortly so I will know more shortly.”
Oh, please, please, please, let it be a series that suggests that cable news networks are run by aliens. PLEASE. It’s the only explanation.