Write a letter!
A letter is the best way you can give weight to your desire to see Frank Black return to our screens. Online petitions are all well and good but the effort that goes into writing, printing, addressing, adding postage and sending a letter is a much more personal and meaningful statement. Letters have helped campaigns gain success; they are the potential spearhead of a successful revival.
Where do I send my letter?
20th Century Fox Television is the studio that hold the rights to Millennium. After much research and conversation, it is logical that the campaign must therefore focus on the rights holders rather than the broadcasting or film arms of the Fox Entertainment Group. If Frank Black is to grace our screens once again, the project would have to be routed through 20th Century Fox Television. The buck stops with the studio, and it’s the studio executives that Chris Carter would need to influence in order to secure backing for a Millennium event series or television movie.
How do I help?
Below is a direct address to which you can send your letters. Please ensure all correspondence is respectful. If you are feeling articulate, perhaps explain in your own words why you think Frank Black should return. This is, after all, your personal plea to these individuals to invest a considerable sum of money in this creative endeavour, so tell that what makes Millennium so special and unique to you.
Gary Newman – Co-Chairman at Twentieth Century Fox Television
Dana Walden – Co-Chairman at Twentieth Century Fox Television
The above names can be reached at the following address:
20th Century Fox Television
Twentieth Century Fox Television
10201 West Pico Blvd
Building 103, Room 5286
Los Angeles, CA 90035
What should I write?
Here is a suggested template letter that you can use as-is, or edit as you see fit. Download a PDF, edit a Word document, or simply copy the text below into the program of your choice.
Dear Ms. Walden / Mr. Newman,
I am writing to you in order to add my voice to those calling for the return of criminal profiler Frank Black from the Fox television series Millennium in a television event.
I believe that the time is now for the return of this celebrated character and a return to the themes and concepts that drove the original series. Millennium remains one of the most innovative programs in recent television history, with its influence to be seen in any number of popular franchises to this day: True Detective, CSI, and Criminal Minds, to name but a few. As a Ten-Thirteen production, the series also boasts considerable crossover appeal with creator Chris Carter’s other franchise, The X-Files—which has, of course, just enjoyed a wildly successful revival of its own, both on Fox in the US and worldwide.
Not only does Millennium retain strong fan appeal, it remains highly regarded in the entertainment industry, not least for the superb, Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of its unique protagonist, Frank Black, by star Lance Henriksen. Through Frank Black’s work as a consultant with the FBI and the mysterious Millennium Group, the series offers a thoughtful exploration of the nature and manifestations of evil in the modern world.
In the book spearheaded by Back to Frank Black—a well-established fan campaign conceived to support the aspirations of the creative forces behind Millennium, and which enjoys global support—Chris Carter wrote in his introduction, “Millennium captured the anxiety of an age that didn’t know how anxious it was about to become.” Earlier this year, during an interview at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, he was asked about Millennium several times and described it as “a show that has still some freshness to the concept,” and during press for The X-Files revival launch he referred to “the constant drumbeat” to see Frank Black return and reiterated his desire to revisit the series.
Frank Spotnitz, one time co-executive producer for the series and now executive producer of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, summed up its enduring appeal in the book by saying, “Millennium was about the darkness in the world, the darkness that Frank Black was trying to protect his family from, but that was inside of him as well. And the world now… has become so much more overtly dark and evil and frightening. The mood and ideas that were in Millennium have become more real and vivid to everyone, sadly. So, I do think it’s even more in keeping with the times in which we live.” Lance Henriksen, eager to resume the role of Frank Black, highlighted the unique appeal of Millennium, explaining, “I just think there is a place for us that is so poignant… It’s much more poignant now than ever.”
Indeed, 2016 is a particularly poignant year to fans of Millennium as it also marks the twentieth anniversary of the series’ debut, and, far from having an expiration date built into its concept with the turn of the millennium, its key themes, including those of millennial prophecies that underpin religious extremism, are even more resonant then ever. The combination of its considerable crossover appeal with The X-Files—one of Carter’s ideas is for a “cross-pollination” between the two series—and its integrity in its own right is irresistible.
Once again, then, I thank you for your attention in reading this letter and would urge you to consider revisiting Chris Carter’s Millennium as either a television miniseries or movie event. In the words of the series’ publicity, “Evil has many faces. Hope has just one.” A forensic profiler, devoted father, and visionary hero—one that the world needs now more than ever. The time is now to go back to Frank Black.