Joel McHale Joins 'X-Files' Revival, John Noble Enrolls in 'Elementary'

Joel McHale Joins 'X-Files' Revival, John Noble Enrolls in 'Elementary'

The 'Community' actor will guest star as Mulder's Dubious ally, while the 'Fringe' alum is tapped to portray Sherlock Holmes' estranged father.
Joel McHale will help solve mysterious cases on "The X-Files" revival. The Jeff Winger of comedy series "Community" has joined the upcoming limited series on FOX as Tad O'Malley, a conservative Internet news anchor who becomes an unlikely ally to Fox Mulder (David Duchovny).

McHale is the first guest star announced for the revival project. The limited series reunites Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who will reprise her role as Dana Scully. Other original stars returning for the six-episode series are Mitch Pileggi and William B. Davis as Walter Skinner and William B. Davis respectively. It is set to premiere Sunday, January 24, 2016.

In other casting news, "Elementary" has added John Noble as a new series regular for its upcoming season 4. The "Fringe" and "Sleepy Hollow" star is cast as Sherlock Holmes' (Jonny Lee Miller) wealthy and estranged father.

The character was mentioned on the show before, but has never been featured on-screen. He's responsible for pairing his son with Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) as his sober companion-turned-investigative partner and friend. Noble will make his first appearance on the CBS series in the season 4 premiere.

"We could not be more delighted to have John Noble taking on such an important role," executive producer Robert Doherty says. "We've enjoyed his work for many years now - especially his tremendous run on 'Fringe' - and cannot wait to see him opposite Jonny and Lucy. It's going to be an exciting season."

"Elementary" will return with the new season this fall.

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