‘The X-Files’ New Images Tease Return of Cigarette Smoking Man (Photos)

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis return for revival event series

Mulder and Scully are joined by some familiar faces in new images released from Fox’s revival of “The X-Files.”

The series follows FBI special agents Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Mulder (David Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases — dubbed “X-Files” — for which the only answers seem to involve paranormal phenomena.

Two of the most important supporting players during the show’s original run — FBI director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis) — are featured alongside the former agents in the new images.

The new “X-Files” takes place in modern times, and follows Mulder and Scully years after the X-Files program has been shut down, though mysterious and alien events are still occurring.

During its initial nine-season run, “The X Files” became one of the most successful television dramas of all time, hitting a ratings high in 1997 when more than 27 million people tuned in to the Season 5 premiere. The show earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.

“The X-Files” premieres Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on Fox.

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