Chris Carter - People's Online Conferences

PEOPLE Online's first conference with "The X-Files" creator Chris Carter

PEOPLE: Hi Chris! Our first question is from New Jersey... Chris? Just type! We can see yr response.

Geoff Gould: The Jersey Devil is a completely different entity (feel free to e-mail me and I can send you its complete legend). Also, regarding the "Newark Fluke" episode: there is *no* "Newark County" or "North Orange." We have Essex County (in which there is the city of Newark) and Orange and the East and West Oranges. Everything but North Orange. Apart from those innaccurate episodes: I =love the show and in the TVZONE I scribe its episodes (I was quite impressed with the accurate definition of Wicca in the Azal episode, btw, re-aired la st Friday night). Any comments on the to-date NJ geographical inaccuracies, and will any future NJ based episode be more accurate?

Carter: Hiyes

Gould: What I meant (with which to begin) was that your two NJ b ased episodes were nightmarish in its geographical inaccuracies (as well as the NJ Devil legend being completely Not Done).

Carter: hello Newjersey. Sorry about he inaccuracies. What were they?

Gould: There is *no* "Newark County" or "North Orange." We have Essex County (in which there is the city of Newark) and Orange and the East and West Oranges. Everything but North Orange. Atlantic City is not within walking distance of a primevil forest (sp?) either. It's on a swamp. (Well, pretty much).

Carter: Sorry about the county stuff. Sometimes we cannot get the rights to use the city or county names.

Gould: How do you need rights to use public names of cities?

PEOPLE: Geoff -- there are a lot of people here to ask questions...

Carter: By the way, we shootVancouver for everywhere, so sometimes the foliage doesn't match.

Gould: (Sorry).

PEOPLE: From Wayne NJ comes the next question

Did you have any role models in mind when you developed the characters of Scully and Mulder (Both individually and as a team?)

Carter: Not really. There pretty much equal parts of me. The doubter and the person who wants to believe. I describe myself as a non-religious person looking for a religious experience.

Question from HYATTSVILLE, MD (CAROL): Will there be an XFILES movie?

Carter: Yes. There are plans afoot for a movie. More on that later.

Question from CHICAGO, IL (Hilary): I read recently you said next season's episodes would get away from relationship and character development. Say it isn't so. They are much of what makes the show so terrific. Thanks for the great work. PEOPLE: The suspense is killing us, Chris!

Carter: It really ain't so. I was misquoted or misinterpreted.

Question from TORONTO, ON (Robert J. Lewis): Chris, your show was recently dismissed by a no-brainer/coworker of mine who said "X-Files goes too far". Too far into what he didn't say. Do you agree with "There are no limits!". Or, are there limits to what the media portrays and explores, especially television? Can a writer/director ever go too far? Cronenberg says no subject is taboo. Do you agree? Could the films go in this direction?

Carter: That's a difficult question to answer. We try to be restrained with the X-files. There are certainly taboo subjects for TV. For the movie, we will definitely try and give you something you can't get on TV.

Question from FAIRFAX, VA (Matt): I saw on the sci-fi channel about an X-files convention? Planning any more, and if so, where? It looked like a pretty neat thing.

Carter: I'm answering the convention question. There are a whole bunch of conventions coming up. Call Creation Entertianment for the schedule.

Matt: Are they fun?

Carter: The conventions are pretty fun. Thery're getting better and better.

Question from DUBLIN, OH (Sunil Karve): Hi Chris. On that terrible day when the series comes to an end, are you planning on having Mulder and Scully finally get to the "truth" (and more importantly, be able to prove it?)

Carter: They'll be too busy jumping each others' bones.

Question from MONROVIA, CA (Rachel H.): Care to clarify a rather garbled rumor about Mulder getting a date or girlfriend next season?

Carter: David D. has expressed great interest in Mulder having a girlfriend next year. I'm holding out for a bribe.

Rachel H.: A regular girlfriend or just a date or two?

Question from COLUMBUS, OH (Mary): Mr. Carter, we spotted you in ANASAZI -- any chance of another cameo?

Carter: It hasn't been decided. You spotted me. How do you even know what i look like?

Mary: Magazine pictures! So... any more?

Carter: No. I'm possibly the worst actor in the world. Luckily, I also edit the episodes.

Question from MORRISTOWN, NJ: (Sidney Gittler): Do you believe that we have either been visited by aliens or are being observed by them?

Carter: I would like to believe we have, but I have no proof. Do you?

Sidney Gittler: No, but you write with such conviction

Carter: Hey, I WANT to believe.

Sidney Gittler: about their existence and other pheonamana. Do you have a feeling for the validity of the kinds of people you write about, their powers etc.?

Carter: I don't have a strong feeling about anyone unless I've met them.

Sidney Gittler: how do you get your inspiration for you story lines

Carter: The writing staff is seriously sick and twisted.

Sidney Gittler: But wonderful.

Carter: Thanks.

Sidney Gittler: one final question is what minimum age do you think is right for "The X-Files"?

Carter: That's tough. I think younger than eight, you should definitely be watching with mom and dad. Is there anyone else with a question?

Sidney Gittler: thanks my 10 year-old won't w/o me, and preferably not. What do you feel about the comic books?

Carter: Love the comics.

Sidney Gittler: I heard you have another show coming onto Fox?

Carter: As from the producers of the X-Files, but that would be Morgan and Wong.

Sidney Gittler: How many projects did you have in development when x-files was picked up?

Carter: I had one other project.

Sidney Gittler: What happened to it?

Carter: Sidney, you again!!!!!! It was shelved.

Question: Why so much shooting in Canada lately? I notice a lot of shows filmed there now?

Carter: They are film friendly.

Hi Chris! Will we see more UFO / Alien episodes this Season? The ones I saw last season were some of my favorites?

Carter: Yes. We will see more alien episodes. Look for the season openers. I have several faves. First season: Beyond the Sea. Second season: ??? Several.

Question from TORONTO, ON (Dana Scully): Chris- I know that your idea came from watching Kolchak-Night Stalker, but how else were you inspired to create such a "daring" show as "The X-Files"?

Carter: I'm a daring guy!

Dana Scully: Chris! I'm so nervous!

Carter: I can tell.

Dana Scully: Sorry-I've been looking forward to this for weeks! I really love your show!

Carter: Thanks. I love your work,too.

Dana Scully: Golly-you flatter me so!

Carter: Well, you flatter me.

PEOPLE: I'm getting embarrassed watching this... Chris, were you inspired by Night Stalker? I'm always the last one to know!

Carter: Yes. Yes. Yes.

Dana Scully: What's it like working with up and rising stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson?

Carter: David and Gillian are both friends of mine. I love working with them

Question from MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Brian Lee): Is it true that we may see Deep Throat return this coming season? And what ever happened to Section Chief Scott Blevins?

Carter: Deep throat is coming back. Blevins is not. Deep Throat is dead.

PEOPLE: Intriguing!

Question from NORFOLK, VA (william r halvorsen): Thanks for the show, Chris. How is it doing in the ratings?

Carter: Much better, thanks.

william r halvorsen: Is the movie coming soon?

Carter: Not for a while.

Question from GOLETA, CA (chris bonham): When will you next be appearing in person?

Carter: Right now.

PEOPLE: They have to accept that on faith though, Chris. I mean -- are you really YOU??

Carter: Yes. I have aliens here with me who can corroborate.

chris bonham: We at Metro Comics are looking live and in person. Do you have a certain DoWhat do you want to drink Saturday?

Carter: Hey, Metro Comics!!!!!!! I'd like margaritas.


Carter: Jodie Foster and Richard Gere. NOT!

PEOPLE: Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone?

Carter: Yes. Sly and the Stone!

PEOPLE: I'll have their agents call your agents...

Question from TOWSON, MD (Janelle E. Keberle): Hi Chris! What is your policy regarding scripts? Do you accept submissions from new writers? Do we need to submit through an agent or can we make arrangements directly with you? If we must go through an agent, are there any in particular that you suggest?

Carter: I can't comment on agents.

Janelle E. Keberle: Okay...what about the rest of the question?

Question from ATLANTA, GA (Jonathan Somers): Chris, David Duchovny's name appeared on the story lines of several great episodes this season. How much do David and Gillian contribute to the writers, while the teleplay is in the works as well as on the set?

Carter: David and I worked on two stories. Gillian and I haven't collaborated as of yet.

Question from TORONTO, ON (Sergio Cecchin): Hi Chris. Love your show. One of the few that challanges the mind. (Sure beats the OJ saga on CNN). My question is; Is the show based on actual FBI files? If so, just how much creative liberty do you take given, I assume, that that factual details you get are likely vague?

Carter: We try for accuracy always on our science.

Ty Burr: How about on your fiction?

PEOPLE: It's not fiction, Ty... The TRUTH is out there, remember?

Carter: With good science we can biuld a better fictional story line.

PEOPLE: I know the hour is drawing to a close...but we have lots and lots of fans...

Carter: Let's go on!

Question from NEW YORK, NY: Missed you at the con this past weekend. What did the title in Navajo say at the beginning of "Anazasi"?

Carter: The truth is out there. I can't remember the con schedule.

Question from TORONTO, ON (Robert J. Lewis): You must have read the book "A Martian Wouldn't Say That". I've done some screenwriting myself and I can't believe what the suits demand sometimes! Any particularly weird arguments you'd care to share (c'mon, name names!)

Carter: I've already appeared. Unlike Hitchcock, I actually talked! Anasazi. Also unlike Hitchcock, I'm not fat!

Question from HUNTSVILLE, AL (Perry & Sharon): Any danger of loosing the actors?

Carter: Their contracts are renewed.

Question from TORONTO, ON (Penelope): Are you planning to make Scully less of a believer? Please don't - the contrast between the characters is great and some of us devoted fans aren't believers yet either.

Carter: Scully is the skeptic. Count on it.

PEOPLE: Is Scully at all modeled after the Clarice character in Silence of the Lambs?

Carter: No, but I loved the movie.

Question from LOS ANGELES, CA (meredith): Recently you likened M & S's relationship to the one in the movie "Remains of the Day". For those of us who didn't see that movie, what did you mean? Thanks.

Carter: I just meant, I thought it was more powerful that those two characters didn't get together. For the last time, I don't know. But I'll find out before the session is over. The real FBI has never really had a problem with us. I don't think.

Question from NORTH SYRACUSE, NY (Ellis): Will a romantic relationship develop between Maulder and Scully?

Carter: No romance.

PEOPLE: Ah the QUESTION...Why not?

Carter: More alien stuff is coming soon.

PEOPLE: Better than romance, I agree!

Question from MELBOURNE, FL (Louis Pinto): Hi Chris! It's been known for a while that Whoopi Goldberg has been trying to get you to let her do an episode. Any chance of that happening, or any other big name actor/actress?

Carter: It could happen but not soon. Several "marquee" actors have expressed interest.

Question from MONROVIA, CA (Rachel H.): Care to share the reason "Zoo" was renamed with the Blake reference? We have our theories about "Fearful Symmetry," structural and iconic, but these all lack the stamp of authority.

Carter: It was never called Zoo. It was always Fearful Symmetry. I was last time I looked. I'm going to ignore the private messages.

Question from DENVER, CO (Autumn Tysko): I have heard you state in interviews that next seasons shows will be more "plot driven" and less "character driven", but it seems like the best episodes (Beyond the Sea, One Breath, Irresistable) center more on the characters. Why the change if this is true?

Carter: No, it's not altogher true, but I don't want to keep putting the characters. in jeopardy quite as much.

Question from DALLAS, TX (Alan Laska): How does one submit story ideas & scripts for an episode. I have an idea & two for something. The BIG PROBLEM is getting an agent. STAR TREK:TNG has a way of fans sending in ideas by filing out a form. Any plans for "The X-Files"???

Carter: Not currently. Sorry.

Question from TORONTO, ON (Deep Throat): What gave you the idea of creating "The X- Files"? I really enjoy the series and I am looking forward to the new season. Can you tell us about was is going to happen to Moulder?

Carter: About Mulder, you'll have to wait. Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!

Question from MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Stephen): Chris: How many scriptwriters do you employ on the X-files? What are the qualifications you look for? How does someone "break into" the screenwriting of future X-files? Thank You.

Carter: Eight writers on X-files currently. If you want to break in... write write write. This is a hard show to work on.

Question from DENVER, CO (Bobby W. Jones): When is the next paperback due out?

Carter: The next book will be a Hardback, actually. By Kevin Anderson.

Question from PITTSBURGH, PA (David M. Lishego): What is your favorite episode of "The X-Files"?

Carter: My fave is Beyond the Sea.

Question from CONCORD, CA (abby): Mr. Carter, many of my friends wanted to know what effect painting the rocks for "Anasazi" had on the environment... i just wanted to say we missed you at the Las Vegas con...

Carter: it didn't affect the environment. Missed you, too.

Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK (Sarah and Janet): calling from northern ireland..hi Chris - you said once that you wanted writers who "share your vision" - what is your vision??

Carter: Did I say that? I don't think so. I want X-files writers to share the vision.

Question from REDDING, CA (Mary Naber): How many seasons do you plan on the XFs running?

Carter: Only answering official questions. Sorry.

PEOPLE: The question about how many seasons is an official question, Chris!

Carter: Oh. I would like it to go at least five seasons.

Question from AUSTIN, TX (Bill): Do you have an overall arc that runs through the various episodes of X-Files?

Carter: Yes. Roughly. I KNOW basically where I am going with the series. I know what the final eps will entail.

Question from COLUMBUS, OH (Sara Davis): Will we see more development of Scully's abduction also when will the trrds be coming out?

Carter: We will continuee to explore Scully's abduction. Coming soon , Sara.

Question from MONTCLAIR, NJ (Geoff Gould): When you hired DD and GA, were you aware their personal beliefs were "reversed" from those of their characters? (Comment): love Mulder's dry wit! More more!

Carter: No, I didn't know their beliefs.

Question from DENVER, CO (trampy): Chris, has anyone from the FBI given you their opinion of the show? Especially any Special Agents?

Carter: Some agents have become big fans of the show.; They have been very helpful.

PEOPLE: Perhaps an episode where Scully and Mulder run into J. Edgar Hoover's ghost...Altho William Casey is spookier...

Carter: Hey, I just got a call from David Duchovny and he's calling from the set. I have to go, everyone. This was fun, if not confusing sometimes. See you next time.

PEOPLE: Chris, I want to thank you very much for coming here tonight and bearing with the frequent alien abductions of the moderator.

Carter: Thank you very much.


PEOPLE: And thanks to all of you in the audience... You were great. Remember: The Truth Is Out There!


PEOPLE Online's second conference with "The X-Files" creator Chris Carter

PEOPLE: Good evening everyone! I'm Patrizia DiLucchio, your host, and on behalf of People Magazine I'd like to welcome you all here.

Before I introduce our special guest, Chris Carter, I'd like to remind everyone that this is a moderated conference -- if you have a question for our guest, submit it to the question queue either by selecting the question icon or by typing /question. I do pick and choose among the questions so that they aren't repetitious.

"The X-Files", now into its third season has gone from a cult hit for folks in the know to a genuine mainstream phenomenon. Not since Rod Serling has the genuinely macabre drawn such an audience. As the creator, producer and sometimes writer/director of "The X-Files", Chris Carter deserves the lion's share of the credit.

Welcome Chris!

Just type "hi" to reassure me that yr keyboard is working...

Chris Carter: Hi. Nice to be here.


Chris Carter: hi

Question from TORONTO, ON: [102550,3433] Adam: Did you ever watch or read any stuff of Boris Karloff and if so, how did they affect your style of writing?

Chris Carter: All the old horror movies are probably rattling around in my head somewhere. I haven't be inspired directly.

Question from ATLANTA, GA: [75404,2653] Yoda: What inspired you to do the X-Files? Was it a current tv show or book?

Chris Carter: I wanted to scare the shit out of people.


Chris Carter: Stay tuned. Krychek may be coming back sooner than you think.

Question from WINSTON SALEM, NC: [74774,114] Alexander Cooper: Did you ever think that the x files would be such a hgt ?

Chris Carter: No. But you always have to begin something with the great hope that it will work. I got very lucky.

Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK: [71227,646] Chris Williams: Chris, thanks for a great show. There has been much discussion on internet about the parallels in XF with classic literature. Are the similarities of Mulder's quest with epic quests of classic heroes accidental or intended?

Chris Carter: I was originally inspired by M. Shelley's Frankenstein, but did not use it directly. I think Mulder fits the mold of the romantic hero, though. Next.

Question from ATLANTA, GA: [72733,3273] Andrea & Rob: Why has there been so much more gore these past two seasons than there was in the first season? It was scarier, more intense, and more compelling without it.

Chris Carter: I don't think there has been as much gore as people are saying.

Question from GREENSBORO, NC: [75204,2500] Holly: Is production on the show going to be postponed when the filming for the XF movie starts?

Chris Carter: We havd some maggots in The List, some decomposing corpse in Bruckman. And some gooeyt stuff in 2Shy. Stay tuned. next.

Question from EATONTOWN, NJ: [103061,3711] Dave Shrader: If you were forced to choose one of your character's lives to lead, which one would it be?

Chris Carter: I'm going to answer two questions here. First, the movie won't happen until next year. Second, I would just like to live my own life, thank you. next.

PEOPLE: Once again, a reminder-- To submit a question... either select the question icon or type /question.

Question from HANOVER: [100641,1137] Karsten Hormann Will the X-Files movie mean the end of the TV-series?

Chris Carter: No. The movie will not mean the end of the series. Next.

Question from TORONTO, ON: [103125,2762] Katie Of Toronto: Mr. Carter, I heard that Mulder is getting a girlfriend this season, is that true? Thanks I also wanted to say that i really admire your devotion to the show!

Chris Carter: Thank you. Mulder may be getting a girl, but not exactly a "girlfriend." Stay tuned. Next.

Question from HARTFORD, CT: [73571,2053] Mr Noname/Red 20: What kind of dimented people create each indiviual X-Files episode? They must be really fun to be around!

Chris Carter: We're all weird and twisted, and one step ahead of the law. Next.

Question from VAN NUYS, CA: [74401,3171] Erin Carter: Considering last week's episode, are you very involved in the internet?

Chris Carter: Yes. I have cybersex two or three times a day. Next.

Question from WINNIPEG, MB: [103201,1461] IRVIN LIM: To what extent is the X-files related to the government's own x-files?

Chris Carter: The FBI says it has nothing like the X-files. I refuse to believe that. Next.

Question from POUGHKEEPSIE, NY: [102434,3231] tony: Have you been dropping clues in any recent episodes on things that may pop up ag ian in the future?

Chris Carter: We're always dropping clues. Watch closely now. Next.

Question from NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA: [103103,2211] Robin: X-Files has shattered a lot of television paradigms. Are you afraid of the show possibly creating--and succumbing to--it's own new set of paradigms?

Chris Carter: Holy shit... I have no idea. We just try to keep it smart and scary. Next.

Question from MANCHESTER, NH: [102256,2123] dmintz: will any stories go into more detail about skinner, the FBI chief?

Chris Carter: Yes. We'll do a "Skinner" episode later this season. Next.

PEOPLE: Everyone--don't be shy! Keep those questions coming please. Select the question icon or type /question.

Question from CZA: [103203,2213] Paul R XXY-FILES: Have you heard of the XXY-FILES parody? If so, what did you think of it?

Chris Carter: I've heard of it. I've also seen someone's cartoon parody. I think it's all pretty cool. Next.

Question from TORONTO, ON: [76122,472] Penelope: Hi. Is it true you are trying to stop the Unofficial X-Files Companion?

Chris Carter: Hi, Penelope. No, I'm not personally. Anyway, it's coming out. Next.

Question from WINSTON SALEM, NC: [74774,114] Alexander Cooper: Have you ever been contacted by the goverment about the show , and if so how do they feel about it ?

Chris Carter: I've talked to the FBI directly. They seem to really like it. Unofficially. Next.

Question from VANCOUVER, BC: [72137,1267] Mike Topf: What prompted you to film in Vancouver, and does the rain ever get to you?

Chris Carter: Vancouver isgreat. It has the right light and the right look. Those were the primary reasons. Also, there's a financial incentive. You get more for your money, so more goes on screen. Next.

Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK: [101330,2476] The Emperor: Hi Chris. Is there any chance that Mulder and Scully will investigate an X-File in Britain?

Chris Carter: I'd love to travel the show. I'd love to find a reason to shoot in London. Next.

Question from AURORA, IL: [102151,2576] Genie: I've often heard you should write about what you know, do you know much about the FBI or paranomal happenings?

Chris Carter: I've read a fair bit, as you might imagine. Most of our stories come from sources other than those writings you mentioned, however. next.

Question from TORONTO, ON: [102247,1721] Cindy Khoo: My Chinese grandmother oft told me ghostly tales of my ancestors and once swore to me that she saw a dragon's tail descend from the sky. Would you consider doing an Asian folklore episode or any other foreign ethnic storyline?

Chris Carter: It's in the works! Next.

Question from REDDING, CA: [73572,2141] Me.. Naber: With the departure of Sara Charno, do you have any plans to add a female writer to your staff?

Chris Carter: We have a female writer on staff. Her name is Kim Newton. she has written episode number 11 this season. Next.

Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK: [71227,646] Chris Williams: You said last time here that you knew what would be in the last few episodes. Without revealing what you have in mind for the series ending, can you tell us if you've ever considered a purely tragic ending?

Chris Carter: Yes. I've considered it. Hopefully, I won't have to consider it seriously for a few more years. Next.

Question from PITTSBURGH, PA: [73633,2352] Rick Wilson: will fluke man return? on xf tv show

Chris Carter: Flukie may return, but with a new haircut and wardrobe. Next.

Question from NEW YORK, NY: [103130,1001] Elias Li: How did you get your start in TV? How do you select the directors of your shows?

Chris Carter: I got started as a writer. And yes, I help to select the directors. Next.

Question from DEERFIELD BEACH, FL: [103053,3040] Kim: Are we ever going to meet Mulder's sister, or is this the eternal search??

Chris Carter: Opps... sorry. That last question was how do I select directors. I select them based on their previous work. As for Mulder's sister, he'll keep searching, but I'm sure there will be evolution and eventually resolution. Next.

Question from EATONTOWN, NJ: [103061,3711] Dave Shrader: What is your impression of Space: Above and Beyond & what @ Fox's pushing the connection with the X-Files?

Chris Carter: Sorry, I haven't had time to watch Space. Fox, of course, is going to use anything. It's going to use anything it can to launch a new show, so the X-files connection was a natural, I guess. Next.

PEOPLE: Here's the question we've all been waiting for...

Question from ANAHEIM, CA: [102617,266] Mike Kirchhoff: Are you disappointed that David Duchovny lost celebrity Jeopardy to Stephen King last night?

Chris Carter: I'm only sorry for the kids who benefit from that charity he was giving to. Next.

Question from BILLERICA, MA: [70541,3220] Bob Edison: Is there going to be a conclusion to the season opener. I mean can we hope that cancerman gets his due?

Chris Carter: We have several "arc" shows coming. There will be developments. next.

Question from ATLANTA, GA: [72733,3273] Andrea & Rob: Will the movie affect the story line in television episodes that follow it?

Chris Carter: It's too early to tell. I hope not. I hope the movie makes the series better. Next.

Question from CHICAGO, IL: [75321,1746] Hilary: Chris, your work is terrific! What are your ambitions/hopes for X-Files over the next couple seasons?

Chris Carter: Thank you. I hope we can continue to keep the quality high, both in storytelling and produection value. We work like dogs! next.

Question from EDMONTON, AB: [102631,2203] Annette Kirby: Will Darrin Mcgavin make an appearance on the show?

Chris Carter: I've tried to get him twice, but he wasn't available. We'll keep trying. Next.

Question from HYATTSVILLE, MD: [102412,2235] C: Does anyone from the show look at the X-Files forum on CompuServe?

Chris Carter: Yes. We pay close attention to all the on-line stuff. Next.

Question from VANCOUVER, BC: [102665,207] JMac X-Files: How does a writer get a script to you? Do you take open submissions?

Chris Carter: Submissions through agents only. Sorry. Next.

Question from BLAINE, WA: [76361,3452] Scully wanabe: I have really been enjoying the humor and how loose Scully and Mulder have been lately, Do you plan to continue with that?

Chris Carter: Yes. We try and mix it up, keeping a good balance. Thanks for noticing. Next.

Question from WAYNE, NJ: [76232,717] BRI/NJ: I have noticed that the writers arent afraid to kill off a blind girls mother, or skullys sister or mulders father. Does this type of bold writing style cause any problems within the x file writer circle

Chris Carter: Actually, we've killed all the writers' families, too. So, no. It's not a problem anymore. Next.

PEOPLE: They write better that way anyway...

Question from DUBLIN, OH: [102577,2720] Bob: Are you aware of any cast members logging onto internet X-File chats under false names?

Chris Carter: No. They're all too busy! Next.

Question from EDISON, NJ: [76223,1370] Brenda: Have you ever seen a U.F.O. or known anyone who has? If so what impact ,if any, has it had on your stories?

Chris Carter: I've never seen one, though a bug flew in my salad the other day. I've talked to ALOT of people who've seen them, though. Next.

Question from HAILEY, ID: [102600,1534] Megen: What are your plans for the future? How long do you plan to stick with the x-Files?

Chris Carter: I'll stick with X-files until the end. My future plans: going surfing. Next.

Question from DENVER, CO: [73072,2505] Autumn Tysko: It's been a year now since Scully's abduction and we still know very little. How much longer are you going to terrorize us by dragging this out? We need to know! ;-)

Chris Carter: Stay tuned for episodes nine and ten . Next.

Question from BOUNDBROOK, NJ: [76130,1464] Kim Thompson: Do you say "Beep", or "Meep"? :-)

Chris Carter: Cheep. next.

Question from TORONTO, ON: [76122,472] Penelope: Who wrote Deep Throat's Speech in the Blessing Way? It took me hours to trace the literary references, but it's nice to have a show on the air that has so much meaning behind it. Keep it up :)

Chris Carter: I wrote it. Thank you! Next.

Question from NORRISTOWN, PA: [102501,3036] sybaris: I really like the Lone Gunmen. Will we be seeing much more of them this season?

Chris Carter: They're comng back... with a vengeance. You're not a friend of Frohike's are you?! Next.

Question from CHICAGO, IL: [102022,3576] Stacey Earley: I am really pleased with the way Scully's character has been developed this season. Will we see any personal crises (like, crises of faith, not "girl in jeopardy" stuff) materialize forDana this season?

Chris Carter: You're psychic. Watch for episode eleven. Next.

Question from HALIFAX, NS: [73514,2073] Mark Williams: Who lights your show?. I find the use of lighting particularily effective: it really added to the overall atmosphere.

Chris Carter: The fabulously talented John Bartley (not Baxter!) and his amazing crew. Next.

Question from MIAMI, FL: [76171,2355] JEFFREY J. HOWARTH: What about Kolchak and Thomas Harris novels? (as influences)

Chris Carter: Both have been influential. Yes. Next.

Question from MANCHESTER, NH: [102256,2123] dmintz: Killing off Mulder's father was quite an irrevocable step. Is he really, really dead?

Chris Carter: Yes. He's dead, buried... but not forgotten. Stay tuned. next.

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Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK: [102775,2164] Diane: Whose wit is behind Mulder's sense of humor?

Chris Carter: All the writers, and David Duchovny. Next.

Question from BLOOMINGTON, IL: [102153,1232] melissa: The chemistry between Mulder and Scully is great. Will their relationship ever develop into more than just being partners and friends?

Chris Carter: They'll find out they're actually third cousins, four times removed. Next.

Question from NEW YORK, NY: [103047,3175] john: Who will be joining you at the x-files convention in nyc/nj? Will you be incorporating the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in any future episodes?'

Chris Carter: Ha!!!!! I have tentative plans for NY. Yes, Scully may ask Mulder if he's ever read Breakfast... Next.

Question from ORLEANS, ON: [73362,1035] Howard Ball: Hi, Chris. Love the show! Just one thing, though: it often seems that Scully is put into the position of being a "victim", but this never seems to happen to Mulder to the same degree, and I confess it bothers me. Scully is strong! She shouldn't be put in this position so often!

Chris Carter: They both get beat up rather equally in my mind. Even if Scully is victimized, she never behaves like a victim, whicfh I believe is the great thing about her. Next.

Question from HANOVER: [100641,1137] Karsten Hormann: There's rumors that people like Whoopi Goldberg want to guest-star on the show. Do you think that guest *stars* will draw the attention away from the story?

Chris Carter: That's a fear of mine. I don't want to put a star on if it's going to take us out of the story. Next.

Question from NORRISTOWN, PA: [74602,2343] Susan M.: With Scully's sister and Mulder's father gone, do you plan to introduce any new recurring characters?

Chris Carter: There are a few ideas in the works. Stay tuned. Next.

Question from MADISON, WI: [103103,2702] jeffD: Hi. Will John Neville be returning in any of the upcoming episodes?

Chris Carter: I thought John Neville was great. And the crew loved him. I'm sure he'll be back. next.

Question from ORLANDO, FL: [103062,61] LittleGreenGal: Hi!! I heard that when Scully was abducted in the show and had that micro-chip implanted in the back of her neck, Gillian Anderson was acually pregnant and that you used special effects to cover it up. Is that a fact? P.S. I congratulate you on the sucess of you awesome show!! Keep it up!!!!

Chris Carter: Thank you. Yes, Gillian was preggy for first half of year two. We just shot around it, no special effects. next.

Question from CHARLOTTE, NC: [74363,2566] cool-one: With the growing popularity of the show, are you planning more involved FX (slime/gore) or do you prefer to leave these to the imagination?

Chris Carter: We do what we can afford and have time to do. It's about as simple as that. Next.

Question from REDDING, CA: [73572,2141] Me.. Naber: With Mulder getting a girl, will we be seeing Scully having more of a personal life or a date?

Chris Carter: Scully will join a nunnery when she learns that Mulder has strayed. next.

Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK: [75403,3302] (Andy): I really loved the last season premier. My mom saw that and she really liked it. But after that came all of the gory stuff. As a result my mom says that now I am not allowed to watch The-x Files. If you could, please make another epasode or sieries like the last season primeir.

Chris Carter: Watch the next episodes. They're not as "gorey" though they are scarey. Eps nine and ten are much more like one and two. next.

PEOPLE: Tell Mom that Chris gave you permission....

Question from EXTERNAL NETWORK: [71227,646] Chris Williams: Chris, TEN THIRTEEN is a perfect anagram (i.e., letters scrambled) for THE INTERNET. We know that's your birthday, but was the anagram intended or is this an X-File :-)?

Chris Carter: Purely coincidence! I love it. next.

PEOPLE: Chris, your fingers... how are they holding up? How many more answers can you type?

Chris Carter: I'm good to go, babe. next.

Question from EATONTOWN, NJ: [103061,3711] Dave Shrader: With the near-death experiences of Mulder & Scully over the past year, did you feel forced to kill off Scully's sister to maintain credibility?

Chris Carter: I just thought it worked dramatically. Also, Melinda was going away She got her own sitcom, so it was our last chance. next.

Question from LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY: [103111,102] OVman: How was Gillian Anderson chosen to play Scully and does she have a sister who is also an actress.

Chris Carter: Gillian Anderson IS Dana Scully. She has a sister, but she's younger, not as actress as far as I know. Next.

Question from AUSTIN, TX: [74467,2140] Ruth Sumuel: Is there a particular episode that stands out as your favorite?

Chris Carter: Several. Beyondthe Sea, Ice, E-Flask, D. Barry, this season I like. Next.

Question from COLUMBUS, OH: [76330,362] Mary Paster: Rumors about a girlfriend for Agent Mulder have a lot of fans worried that this will ruin the "sexual tension" between him and Agent Scully -- can you tell us anything about it to calm our fears?

Chris Carter: Is that Mary Paster, Donnie's sister? About Mulder's girlfriend... don't worry, I won't let anything "ruin" Mulder and Scully.

Question from ATLANTA, GA: [74353,3714] Kathy Summers: I enjoyed the episode around the "face" on Mars. Do things in the NASA press releases, astronomical events such as the eagle nebula photo or upcoming Gallileo encounter with Jupiter ever trigger episode ideas?

Chris Carter: Ummm... that is actually one of our most unloved episodes. Astro stuff figures into an upcoming episode. next.

Question from DAYTON, OH: [71554,2746] cm: How did M & S get out of the cave on the season openner. It seemed like a fortress going in but more like leaving a movie theater going out.

Chris Carter: They snuck out the back door! The secret "alien" entrance. next.

Question from BLAINE, WA: [76361,3452] Scully wanabe: DO you know what the Storyline is for the movie yet? And is everybody on the s how going to be in it. I hopee it has something to do with Samantha

Chris Carter: It's all hush hunsh. David and Gillian will be in it. next.

Question from ORLANDO, FL: [72620,3447] Eowyn: /question Do you have a story arc about Samantha or are you making it up as a good idea comes along. Is Scully going to turn out to be his sister?

question Are you going to do a Twin Peaks cross over?

Chris Carter: The Samantha thing is vague in my mind. Scully is NOT Mulder's sister. What kind of Twin Peaks Crossover? next.

Question from DAYTONA BEACH, FL: [74237,2337] Fox Mulder: Is it possible to obtain a script of one of the shows???

Chris Carter: They're all over the black market. Next.

Question from HARTFORD, CT: [102220,714] Dawn M. Swingle: There was talk last year about a crossover story with Picket Fences, that eventually fell through. I think it's a neat idea--any chance of a crossover with another show?

Chris Carter: Not in the near future. Sorry. Next.

Question from HYATTSVILLE, MD: [102412,2235] C: How has David Duchovny been handling all the attention he's getting from the ladies? Does he have inflated ego syndrome?

Chris Carter: No. David is David. He's a very smart, very hard working person who guards his privacy. next.

Question from MINNEAPOLIS, MN: [71726,2175] Carl Villasenor: What is your favorite surfing spot? What kind of board do you have?

Chris Carter: favorite spots are in Santa Barbara. next.

PEOPLE: This is the last question...

Question from WINNIPEG, MB: [103044,1631] Mulder: Do you really believe that there are such elaborate conspiracies in the US government as you have portrayed in X-Files?

Chris Carter: I think there are things going on out there that we'll never know and might not believe. I wake up every morning and read the paper. I'm never disappointed. next.

PEOPLE: At this point, Chris and everyone... I think I'm going to open the conference up. There are about 150 of you here right now! So don't all type at once. The transcript of this conference will be available in the PEOPLE Forum early next week. GO PEOFOR Thanks Chris. I think you set the record for the number of questions answered in a single hour! Seventy-four...

Chris Carter: Thank you, Thanks.

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