'X-Files' creator brings 'Area 51' drama to AMC

Mulder is busy doing the billionth season of Californication and Scully is occupied trying to hunt down an evasive serial killer in BBC's The Fall. Still, though, the folks who have been pouring through The X-Files on Netflix have something new to look forward to thanks to the series' creator, Chris Carter. (Not that Chris Carter.)

Carter has teamed up with AMC to try to fill the void that will remain forever vacant in wake of the departures of Walter White and Don Draper, respectively. Breaking Bad recently wrapped up and Mad Men's final season (the first part, anyway) is slated to start in a matter of weeks. As AMC moves in a more comedic direction, they're bringing carter on for a thriller about the secrecy surrounding Area 51.

Along with his Amazon show The After, we knew that X-Files mastermind Chris Carter was also working on a project for AMC. It turns out it's going to cover some familiar ground for fans of his earlier work: Area 51. Today the network announced that the series — currently in development — is an adaptation of Annie Jacobson's Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base. A New York Times best-seller, the book is an extensive look at the mysterious military outpost, drawing upon interviews with numerous individuals that have worked at the facility. AMC's not providing much more information beyond that, describing the tentatively-titled Area 51 show as "A contemporary conspiracy thriller revealing the true story behind the infamous Area 51, America's most mysterious military installation."

Carter's thriller—along with the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul and a slew of other comedies from the likes of Seth Rogen and Wyatt Cenac—look to help cure the Mad Men hangover we'll all be suffering from in a few months time. [The Verge]