1993 was a good year for young, impressionable nerds: it gave us the high-octane hijinks of the Animaniacs, taught us how to judge a person by the content of their character with Bonkers and gave us a solid founding to pursue our dreams of one day getting abducted by actual space aliens with X-Files. The latter taught us some of the most important things about nerddom: how to pursue our dreams even when evidence points to the opposite, how to temper our expectations through scientific reasoning and lastly, how to plot out our very first, ultra-creepy slashfics.
Now, after decades of speculation, gigabytes’ worth of fanfiction, a meh kinda feature length film and the occasional bit of speculation, X-Files finally comes back to Television in a miniseries, starring nerd-favorite Fox Mulder (reprised by David Duchovny) and perpetual cynic Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson). But the good news doesn’t stop there, because Jimmy Kimmel added a little extra touch to the series promo, which aired on his Live Show.
Amongst an already big name, nerd-friendly cast, the gang at NBC’s upcoming midseason drama Hannibal have just secured one of the biggest names in nerd TV ever. Yessir, Gillian Anderson is rejoining the FBI! Well, kind of.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news yesterday that Anderson has been hired for three episodes of Hannibal, the series update of Thomas Harris‘ original Hannibal Lector novel Red Dragon, which follows the banner years of the partnership between serial killer Lector and FBI Agent Will Graham. Anderson, best known for her nine-years playing the skeptical Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, will play Hannibal’s own therapist on the show.
“Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist,” said Hannibal writer and showrunner Bryan Fuller in a statement about the casting coup. Anderson has spent much of the last 10 years since the end of The X-Files working on small films and British television.
“Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture,” added Fuller. “I couldn’t be more excited.”
Hannibal, starring Hugh Dancy as Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Lector and Laurence Fishburne as FBI boss Jack Crawford will premiere sometime in 2013 on NBC.