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Jan 21, 2002  •  Post A Comment

The end is out there
Chris Carter, the creator of Fox’s long-running “The X-Files,” is bringing the 9-year-old drama to a series finale during the May sweeps as it marks its 201st episode. The longtime Sunday staple on Fox has slipped about 40 percent in adults 18 to 49 ratings this season. Some of that erosion has been attributed to co-star David Duchovny’s leaving the show last season.
Speculation is already centering on 20th Century Fox’s highlyacclaimed but ratings-challenged “24” drama moving from its current 9 p.m. Tuesday berth to take “X-Files”’ vacant slot next season. Other sources speculate that Joss Whedon’s space-based sci-fi project “Firefly” might be a contender for the coveted time slot.
Mr. Carter said the decision was his to end the series on a “high note,” with the “core” of his producing staff and the show’s cast intact for the nine seasons. He also acknowledged that the decision to end the show after this season was also predicated on star Gillian Anderson’s “talking about doing something else” and reportedly leaning toward not renewing her contract for another season. He said he’s hoping to convince Mr. Duchovny to return for the series’ closing bow in May.
`Iyanla’ canceled
Buena Vista Television canceled Iyanla Vanzant’s freshman syndicated talker “Iyanla” last week. The show launched in August and has been ratings-challenged in the wake of Sept. 11, averaging a 0.5 average rating in adults 18 to 49 over the past six months, according to Nielsen Media Research. Ms. Vanzant said she will return to teaching, focusing on lectures and classes related to “personal growth and healing.”