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Lone Gunmen spin-off

The X-Files creator Chris Carter develops a new series, that will focus on the Lone Gunmen. You can learn more about the series (possibly titled LGM), by reading through the following collection of articles.

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X-Files Spin-Off Coming

The X-Files creator Chris Carter is developing a spin-off show that will center on the recurring characters of The Lone Gunmen. Twentieth Century Fox Television, which produces The X-Files for the studio's Fox Broadcasting network, is working with Carter on the new series, Sandy Grushow, chairman of Fox Television Entertainment Group, said at the winter Television Critics Association press tour, according to the Hollywood trade papers.

Carter will develop the new show with X-Files producers Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan and John Shiban. The Lone Gunmen are conspiracy geeks who help FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, and are portrayed by Dean Haglund, Tom Braidwood and Bruce Harwood.

From The Vancouver Sun
(Updated version)

The man who created The X-Files is coming back to Vancouver.

Chris Carter, creator and executive producer of the long-running series about paranormal investigations, confirmed Tuesday that a spinoff series based on X-Files' recurring characters the Lone Gunmen -- a trio of conspiracy theorists played by Vancouver actors Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund and Bruce Harwood -- will be based here.

The pilot episode of the series, tentatively titled Lone Gunmen, will be produced by Carter and will be filmed in Vancouver in March.  If the series wins a time slot on the Fox network's fall schedule, shooting of series episodes will start in late July.

The X-Files was based in Vancouver for five years, from 1993 to 1998. Carter also produced his series Millennium in Vancouver from 1997 to 1998, as well as the short-lived Harsh Realm, which was cancelled last November.

In a phone interview from his Los Angeles office, Carter said he is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with many of The X-Files' original Vancouver crew.  Braidwood, who plays the Lone Gunman character Frohike, was an X-Files first assistant director for five seasons.

"We've had seven years of these guys," Carter said of the Lone Gunmen, "so it isn't like you have to invent a lot.  They have been very successful characters.  We've liked writing for them.  So this is a natural progression."

Carter added that The X-Files is in a "holding pattern" pending a decision about its future.  It has been widely rumoured the show may be its final year.  Fox Entertainment Group chair Sandy Grushow has said the final decision rests with Carter.

"I don't really have a plan A, B or C," Carter said.  "I'm just flying by the seat of my pants here.  But I would say a decision is imminent."

From The Vancouver Sun

Trio on The X-Files to get own spinoff show

Light drama with laughs to star Vancouver actors who play Lone Gunmen.

This might be the final season for The X-Files, but the show's "Lone Gunmen," a trio of paranoid conspiracy theorists played by three Vancouver actors, will live to ride another day.

Twentieth Century Fox Television has approved a pilot for a spinoff series on the cult characters, confirms Steven Melnick, the L.A.-based director of communications for the company.

Chris Carter, the creator and executive producer of The X-Files, will produce the pilot from a script he is writing with Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban and Vince Gilligan, Melnick says. Contracts are still being negotiated with the principal actors and writers.

The Lone Gunmen -- played by Vancouver actors Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund and Bruce Harwood -- originally appeared in the episode that aired on Feb. 18, 1994. The episode, about a truck that breaks down in Tennessee while carrying a mysterious cargo, introduced the Gunmen as an extreme government watchdog group.

Carter subsequently made the trio recurring characters and they have become a favourite of The X-Files' small but noisy group of online fans.

The future of The X-Files itself remains cloudy. Lead actor David Duchovny is in the final year of his contract and has expressed his desire to pursue other projects. As well, Duchovny has filed suit against the studio over syndication revenue he believes is owed him.

While Emmy Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson is contractually obligated to an eighth season of the popular series, she has also expressed a desire to pursue other roles. But both performers have said they would be willing to reprise their X-Files roles in feature films.

At last month's semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., Fox Television chair Sandy Grushow said a decision whether to continue the series, with or without Duchovny, will be left to Carter. Grushow predicted the show's future as being no better than "50-50."

Carter has been preoccupied with writing scripts and supervising production for The X-Files' seventh season and has not made any longterm commitments about the show's future. Pilots for the fall television season are usually produced in April and network schedules announced in May.

Beginning with the episode "The Unusual Suspects," which aired Nov. 16, 1997, the Lone Gunmen have carried the entire episodes of The X-Files when Duchovny and Anderson were unavailable for duty.

The new series, which does not yet have a name, is intended to be light drama with elements of comedy, according to Fox's X-Files Web site. The series will also reportedly feature a young woman who is a competing conspiracy theorist and potential romantic interest.

It's possible the pilot and subsequent series will be based in Vancouver. In addition to the fact that the three actors who play its central characters are based here, Carter has stated on several occasions his desire to return a series to Vancouver. Carter was travelling Monday and unavailable for comment.

By spinning off The X-Files into a second series and resurrecting the central cast in the occasional feature film, Fox is hoping to repeat the precedent established by Paramount Pictures in 1993 when that studio spun its successful Star Trek: The Next Generation series into a trio of successful feature films and the series Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.

From NeAl Schwarz, ElWOOD Blues

LGM, a spin-off series from The X-Files creator Chris Carter will be filmed soon in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) where Carter produced nine episodes of "Harsh Realm", three years of "Millennium" and five years of "The X-Files", LGM stars Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund and Bruce Harwood.

Episodes: 3LGM79 ("Pilot"), 3LGM01 ("Bad Karma"), 3LGM02 ("Untitled")
Writers: Vince Gilligan/John Shiban/Chris Carter/Frank Spotnitz
Concept: Lone Gunmen spin-off series
Composer: Mark Snow

With a three-part story arc the X-Files writers will spin off the Lone Gunmen into their own series. Episode 1 "Bad Karma" (translates to 'bad deed') is partially set in Egypt.  Morgan & Wong may perform a good deed by joining the writing staff. 


The Lone Gunmen - Pilot fact sheet

Episode 1LGM79 "Pilot"
Directed by: ROB BOWMAN

Filming Locations: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Shooting from: March 20 - April 7 2000

Production Management: KATHY GIROY-SEREDA
Special Effects: MAT BECK
Production Co-ordinator: CLARK CANDY
Camera operator: MARK HRYMA
Director of Photography: ROBERT MCLACHLAN
Director of Photography [aerial unit]: DAVID INSLEY


The Lone Gunmen - The cast

Zuleikha Robinson, Dean Haglund, Tom Braidwood and Bruce Harwood