‘Community’ Star Joel McHale Joins Fox’s ‘The X-Files’ Revival

Joel McHaleJeff Winger, meet Fox Mulder. Community star Joel McHale has landed a guest starring role on Fox’s six episode X-Files revival. He will play Tad O’Malley, the anchor of a popular conservative Internet news network who becomes an unlikely ally for Mulder.

McHale is the first new cast addition for The X-Files revival, which begins production in Vancouver, Canada later this month for an early 2016 premiere. He joins a returning cast that includes David Duchovny as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder, Gillian Anderson as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully and Mitch Pileggi as Assistant Director Walter Skinner.

Further casting for The X-Files is presently underway with a flurry of high-profile names being lined up to guest star. From what I’m told, however, neither Robert Patrick or Annabeth Gish will be returning to reprise the roles they played on the final two seasons of the series proper.

A key part of Fox’s 2016 line-up, The X-Files is envisioned as a follow up to the original nine season series and both feature films. Series creator Chris Carter is shepherding the six episode revival, which he is also writing alongside Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong. The executive producers are Chris Carter and Glen Morgan, while Darin Morgan and James Wong are also attached to direct.