Robbie Amell will be featured in the upcoming six-episode return of the X-Files playing Agent Miller, who happens to be paired (a la Mulder and Scully) with Lauren Ambrose, aka Agent Einstein.
Now it's being speculated a possible X-Files spinoff may be happening, or at least it was.
TV Line reports the X-Files spinoff was potentially in the works seeing Amell and Ambrose as new alien-hunting FBI agents, with it even suggested the return of the X-Files series doubled as a backdoor pilot for the new Amell/Ambrose series.
However, the report notes the spinoff may have "gone the way of the Smoking Man" meaning it could be dead (or could potentially still happen). It's noted series creator Chris Carter didn't deny the notion of a potential spinoff being developed as part of the new six episode run while at the recent New York Comic-Con.
Possible clues as to the potential future of the X-Files spinoff may lie with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Robbie Amell starred as Firestorm in The Flash, but when the CW announced DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, Amell's name was noticeably absent from playing the other half of Dr. Stein. Most recently also saw Robbie Amell's character killed off in The Flash, with a new Firestorm taking over, which would seem to indicate that Robbie Amell had left The Flash because of X-Files.
However, Amell recently teased he will be back as Firestorm, which may now indicate the X-Files spinoff is not happening.
It's possible FOX may have decided against moving forward with an X-Files spinoff, but instead, may be doing more episodes with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (assuming Amell and Ambrose were going to take over the franchise).
Of course, the other possibility is that Fox simply has decided to stick with one X-Files series starring Mulder and Scully.
"X-Files" premiers with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24 following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8/7c).