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Was The X-Files almost shut down by the FBI ?


Posted on Monday, 25 January, 2016 | Comment icon 23 comments

Mulder's office from the original X-Files television series. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Marcin Wichary
Series creator Chris Carter claims that he once thought the real FBI was going to shut him down.
It was one of the most popular TV shows of the 90s and now thanks to the creation of six all-new episodes the adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully are once again in the limelight.

According to creator Chris Carter however the original series might have never even got off the ground following a series of events that lead him to wonder whether the conspiracy theories being explored in the show might be closer to reality than he had previously believed.

"When I wrote the pilot, I called the FBI to do some research, and they were nice enough, but didn't really give me the time of day," he said during an interview with the Huffington Post.

"Then, as we got close to airing, the FBI called and said, 'Who are you and what are you doing?' And for a second, I thought it was going to be the long arm of the law coming in to shut me down."

Carter also claimed that he had been contacted by someone mysterious during the show's run.

"I had someone come up to me during the original run, who said they worked in some high place in a secret government agency," he said. "[They] said that we were very close to the truth."

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (23)

Tags: X-Files, Chris Carter

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by rashore on 27 January, 2016, 4:51
Avalanche of awards? Welles got raped by the Oscars. While the film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, it won just one, for best original screenplay, shared by Welles and Herman Mankiewicz. Welles, who had fallen out with the Academy, did not attend the ceremony, and each time his name was read out it was greeted with boos and hisses. http://www.theguardi...dec/12/film.usa The FBI helped to successfully bury Citizen Kane for 25 years. Welles had his next film, the Magnificent Ambersons, taken out of his control and he was forced to find work in Europe. Attacking Hearst and all that he repr... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by qxcontinuum on 27 January, 2016, 5:42
so this scientist want us to believe he can tide both carotid arteries in no time so that the brain stays oxygeneted ?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Jungleboogie on 27 January, 2016, 5:43
It's not that I'm doubting PBS as a source of information. I do doubt that alleged investigations or the threat of such meant what your claim is- that of the FBI shutting it down. And yes, I do say alleged because it's not a legal confirmation. And even if there was FBI investigation, that is not the same thing as FBI shut down. Face it, Citizen Kane was not shut down by the FBI. It was blackballed to an extent by Hearst using multiple tactics. The FBI might have already been watching Wells, and Hearst might have liked that, but it was not the FBI that blackballed the movie. So no, Citizen Kan... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by rashore on 27 January, 2016, 6:34
Citizen Kane was suppressed by a coordinated effort of Hearst, the FBI, the American Legion, and certain politicians. It was not the work of a single individual. Blackballed/shutdown/suppressed, really are you splitting hairs that finely? The fact is, the FBI helped suppress what is considered by many to the be the best American film, and by most in the top ten American films ever made. They also put Welles under surveillance for years and actively worked against him in concert with other agencies in order to destroy his reputation and career. The FBI worked hand in hand with Dies, the America... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Jungleboogie on 27 January, 2016, 10:14
This is great information and all... But it does not indicate your original claim. You said the FBI can kill a show, movie, career... With just a few well placed phone calls. Not in conjunction with a bunch of other people, not helped someone, not investigated. You said the FBI with a few phone calls. Citizen Kane is not an example of killed by the FBI with a few phone calls. It was blackballed, which is totally different than killed- if it had been killed, it would no longer exist, period. This was done by a lot of people and agencies utilizing a lot of means, not just the FBI and a few phone... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by highdesert50 on 27 January, 2016, 12:52
Assuming a phone call from the FBI did occur, why such a negative presumption? I attended a fairly recent FBI graduation at Quantico. Albeit Mr Comey, Director of the FBI, was addressing a rather small graduation, his commencement speech was quite straightforward, and I will attempt to paraphrase, ... the agency remain above reproach so that the public feels confident approaching them when the need arises; the charge of the special agent is maintaining that integrity. Again, assuming the phone call did occur, one might also presume the agency was simply trying to ascertain whether its ethical ... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by rashore on 27 January, 2016, 17:13
Sorry the FBI didn't provide the actual phone trans of their surveillance and activities against Orson Welles or Citizen Kane. And if you had them, you would be jailed. This is the closest ya get. No authorized surveillance or disruptive activities in the FBI is done without directives, meetings and yes, phone calls. Even a moron would know that. I don't think you are a moron, I think you are just being bull-headed here. You think the FBI would keep or release the actual trans of the phone calls or minutes of the meetings regarding surveillance and directives? As I said, my security clearance ... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by ROGER on 27 January, 2016, 18:10
I'm just now catching up on this debate and find both sides well done . May I also add this was the times of " McCarthyism " http://www.authentichistory.com/1946-1960/4-cwhomefront/1-mccarthyism/ . A sad time in U.S. history .
Comment icon #22 Posted by rashore on 27 January, 2016, 18:21
I'm just now catching up on this debate and find both sides well done . May I also add this was the times of " McCarthyism " http://www.authentic.../1-mccarthyism/ . A sad time in U.S. history . Actually, McCarthyism shows up a few years after Citizen Kane- CK was 1941, and McCarthyism didn't start till after 1945. However, you are right in that the fears that lead into McCarthyism were already well in play, and that is part of the whole FBI flagging many members of Hollywood and Media, and part of the reason why they flagged both Wells and Hearst. Another interesting aspect of this time perio... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by ROGER on 27 January, 2016, 18:31
Scary times . And I wonder if history will equate what is happening now in the U.S. government as similar . We will see .


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