EW: David Duchovny on how The X-Files: Cold Cases ’embraced the humor’ of the show

Entertainment Weekly talks to David Duchovny about the recent release of the part audio book, part radio show ‘The X-Files: Cold Cases.’

By Kelly Connolly

The FBI’s most unwanted agents are back on the case.

In new audio drama The X-Files: Cold Cases, available today on Audible, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who are pulled back into the field when a data breach at FBI headquarters gives a mysterious group access to their old case files. And the resulting investigation brings them into contact with a number of old friends: In addition to Duchovny and Anderson, original cast members Mitch Pileggi (FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner), William B. Davis (the Cigarette Smoking Man), and Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood (the Lone Gunmen) all return.

“Since we started 24 years ago, there have been so many iterations of the show and so many different kinds of expressions of the show,” Duchovny tells EW. “I remember way back when, I was so pleased that there was a comic book. Like, ‘Oh my god, it’s a comic book for The X-Files! Now I can retire.’”

It’s fitting, then, that Cold Cases is based on a series of graphic novels by Joe Harris, with creative direction from X-Files creator Chris Carter. The stories were adapted for audio by producer Dirk Maggs, who will appear with Duchovny on a July 22 panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

In advance of that panel, EW caught up with Duchovny to get the scoop on what it was like to reimagine Mulder’s dry humor over audio.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How was this project pitched to you?
DAVID DUCHOVNY: As technology progresses, as the way in which people purchase and digest a product has changed, now I’m no longer surprised at whatever form a beloved show, or a show that people want to see, takes. Also, the last few years, I’ve kind of gotten into podcasts myself, and even though this is not quite a podcast, it feels a little like that… So it just made sense to me. When it was pitched to me I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.’ It reminded me of — I also will sometimes listen to old-time radio programming in my car, you know, old-time serials like The Shadow, shows like that. Even though I’m not quite that old that I grew up listening to them. But if for some reason my car is tuned into the station, it’s kind of riveting. It’s in between an audiobook and a radio play.

Read the full interview on EW’s website here.

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