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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 20, 2015 at 10:59 AM

TV news: ‘X-Files’ reboot; new ‘Downton Abbey’ season

Lots of TV news swirling this morning — though first, as a diehard Julie Andrews fan, let me report that if any of you are in the Los Angeles area on March 26, you could potentially attend a 50th anniversary gala screening of “The Sound of Music,” as part of the TCM Classic Films Festival — with Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and host Robert Osborne on hand. How much fun would that be? Anyway, over to TV . . .

  • A Fox TV rep this weekend confirmed that the network has plans to bring back “The X-Files,” with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as a now middle-aged Mulder and Scully. Creator Chris Carter “hinted” that it might happen as early as this summer.  Let a thousand fan fictions begin now . . .
  • Meanwhile, it’s looking quite possible that Season 6 of “Downton Abbey” (confirmed to film later this year and air on PBS starting January 2016) just might be its last. Creator Julian Fellowes has put his long-awaited NBC series “The Gilded Age” on the front burner, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and it’s unlikely he could work on two shows at once — he’s the hands-on writer of every “Downton Abbey” episode I’m thinking it might be time to wrap things up for the Granthams with one more season; certainly this season, though enjoyable, seems to be rehashing the same stories over and over. As for Sunday’s episode: will we EVER hear the end of the Horrible Rapist Valet story? Will Edith, who’s becoming increasingly pathetic this season, EVER catch a break? Why has NOBODY at Downton done the math and thought, hmm, Edith disappeared for about eight months a year or so ago, and now is obsessed with an appropriately aged baby who LOOKS JUST LIKE HER? Has somebody warned Lord Gillingham that EVERY man who shares a bed with Mary meets an untimely death? Why would anyone EVER invite Miss Sarah Bunting over, considering how very rude she is, even to sad Russian immigrants? Does the Dowager Countess have a SECRET ROMANCE in her past? Sorry for all the capital letters; “Downton” has gotten very unsubtle lately, and so must I. Still love the show though, in the way that you love a good friend who keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

 

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