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Fox Mulder 'Ready To Get Back To Work'
By Lynn Elber
AP Television Writer
posted: 10:19 am ET
18 May 2000

LYNN ELBER


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fox Mulder will continue his quest for the truth and alien invaders next season on The X-Files.

Series star David Duchovny, who was wrangling over his contract and a lawsuit he filed in connection with the show, has agreed to return for an eighth year [or at least part of one -- 11 episodes].

"I am pleased we were able to come to an agreement that enables me to remain part of The X-Files," Duchovny said in a statement Wednesday. "Now that all the business issues have been settled, I'm looking forward to going back to work."

Gillian Anderson, his co-star in the Fox series about FBI agents on the trail of supernatural forces and space aliens, already was under contract.

Chris Carter, the series' creator and executive producer, struck a deal for another year earlier this week.
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The deal will bring Duchovny more than $20 million, which includes a lawsuit settlement and $350,000 to $400,000 per episode, according to sources cited by Daily Variety.

The actor's decision, which came the day before Fox Broadcasting Co. was to announce its fall schedule in New York, was greeted with enthusiasm by Carter. He had said previously he could produce the show.

"I'm very pleased and I think with the season finale cliffhanger it creates great possibilities to take the show in new directions," Carter said Wednesday.

Duchovny, who had been seeking a less grueling work schedule as well as more money, will not be in every episode for the 2000-01 season, Carter said.

He said it would be "jumping the gun" to speculate whether the show will be back for a ninth year.

The negotiations with Duchovny had been complicated by his lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Film Corp. The suit claimed Fox gave its own stations sweetheart deals on The X-Files reruns when the program should have been sold to the highest bidder.

The result, the suit alleged, was that Duchovny was underpaid on the series' profits. The actor had said he wouldn't return to the show unless the suit was settled.


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