PASADENA, Calif. -- Maybe the truth isn't as far out there as we thought.
"X-Files" creator Chris Carter is promising deep revelations in the alien conspiracy that Agents Mulder and Scully have investigated for six seasons now, and they're coming (could this possibly be a coincidence?) during February sweeps.
"You're going to understand the conspiracy after the end of the two-parter," Carter said Saturday at the winter meeting of the Television Critics Association, where he also indicated that next season would very likely be the series' final one, at least on television.
Instead, Carter would like to extend the show as a movie franchise, with the second "X-Files" movie likely to show up in 2001 or 2002, depending on his schedule, and those of stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
And he's not absolutely ruling out an eighth season.
"Things have a way of changing," he said. "It has to do with enthusiasm, it has to do with contracts."
While it's not impossible, he conceded, that the series could continue with actors other than Duchovny and Anderson, "because I don't have to consider it, I don't."
For now, at least, he's working on a new pilot, "Harsh Realm," based on a comic book of the same name, and tailoring his plans for "The X-Files" to fit one more season. "As a storyteller I want to know where I'm heading," he said. "I don't want to have the rug pulled out from under me."
In next month's two-parter, which will air Feb. 7 and 14, "a lot is going to be explained," Carter said, including the relationship of Mulder's father to the X-Files.
"I can tell you that the Cigarette Smoking Man is all but stripped of mystery," he said.
But just as he offered some answers in last summer's movie, only to raise still more questions, Carter's not giving away the store, not even for sweeps.
"You will get answers here, but there will be questions, too," he said. "That's the nature of this show."
Six seasons of conspiracy theories haven't tamed Carter's inner paranoid any. In fact, his paranoia has increased, he said, citing the Internet, erosion of privacy and "ridiculous laws."
"The politics of this country are sort of alarming to me," he said.
Pub Date: 1/19/99