Joel McHale Joins ‘The X-Files’ Revival as a Conservative News Anchor

by Zach Seemayer 11:45 PM PDT, June 03, 2015
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Joel McHale is gearing up to enter the weird world of aliens, monsters and super-complicated government conspiracies.

The Community star has been cast in Fox's upcoming revival of The X-Files, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The comedian, who also hosts E!'s The Soup, will reportedly play a conservative news anchor who forms an unlikely friendship with Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny).

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The upcoming six-episode limited run of The X-Files comes 13 years after the show first went off the air, and almost seven years after the franchise's second feature film The X-Files: I Want to Believe was released in theaters.

McHale's role is the first real bit of casting news to come out of the revival, aside from the return of the show's original stars, Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

The new series is set to premiere Jan. 14.

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