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X-Files’ spins off ‘Lone Gunmen’ for computer geeks

January 7, 2001

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— There are still some people in this world who, when they speak, are guaranteed an audience.

Fans of "Star Trek" come to mind.

As do aficionados of Chris Carter and his Fox paranormal drama, "The X-Files."

So if you happen to be one of those people, listen up.

With "The X-Files" in its eighth season and a ninth year in doubt, and after a long, distracting legal tussle between Fox and star David Duchovny, Carter is not only in the midst of determining the future of his series, he's also hard at work on a spinoff, "The Lone Gunmen."

Due in March in "The X-Files" Sunday night time slot, the hourlong comedy/drama will give those computer-savvy conspiracy geeks Byers (Bruce Harwood), Frohike (Tom Braidwood) and Langly (Dean Haglund) also known as the Lone Gunmen a Fox show of their own.

Carter, the creator/executive producer here again, said his latest series wasn't part of some long, drawn-out plan.

It happened, really, by chance.

"We did episodes that were dedicated to the Lone Gunmen ... really as a result of the unavailability of Gillian (Anderson) and David when we were making the movie (1998's 'The X-Files: Fight the Future')."

The "Gunmen" episodes, said Carter, were very successful. "We thought the guys were very funny."

Funny? Yes. But cool? Never.

Described as a "misguided 'Mission: Impossible' team" with "stagnant" social skills, the trio will get some help from the distracting presence of Yves Adele Harlow, played by newcomer Zuleikha Robinson.

"She's just stunningly beautiful," said Carter. "She's very young and she's very green, but she's terrific."

From his perspective, Robinson is cut from the "Bond Girl" mold. But the British-born actress, who was raised in Thailand and Malaysia, is also a woman of the world one with a British accent Carter will use in the series.

Look for a fourth gunmen, another unknown named Stephen Snedden, to join the show, as well.




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