The X-Files is one of the best shows Fox has ever had, and maybe the best science-fiction show period, so it’s no wonder the series is returning for an eleventh season next year. Nor is it any wonder the network has just ordered a new comedy series that is basically a parody of the show.
Ghosted, a new single camera sitcom starring Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) and Craig Robinson (The Office), has just been ordered to series by Fox, likely to begin airing as part of their new fall lineup. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series “centers on a cynical skeptic (Robinson) and a genius ‘true believer’ in the paranormal (Scott) who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant ‘unexplained’ activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.” So yeah… that sounds exactly like The X-Files, but it’s a comedy. Intrigued yet?
I’ve always felt that a comedic version of The X-Files would be amazing, and I’m honestly surprised it’s taken this long to happen. The skeptic vs. true believer is a classic odd couple pairing, and there are loads of supernatural situations out there that are rife for parody. Even The X-Files itself was funny when it wanted to be (this most recent season’s “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” being a prime example), so just think how funny a similarly-plotted dedicated comedy could be. Plus, Scott and Robinson are both hilarious, so it’s hard for me to see how this series could possibly fail.
Now the only question is, which are you more excited for: The return of The X-Files, or the premiere of Ghosted?