08/27/2013 05:04 pm ET

Chris Carter On 'The X-Files,' His 'Sopranos' Jealousy, And Rewriting Vince Gilligan

On September 10, 1993, a strange series called "The X-Files" infiltrated Friday nights on Fox, with brooding story lines involving government conspiracies, sewer-dwelling man-monsters, and little green men. No one knew quite what to make of it at first — including the Fox executives who took a gamble on the project.

But series creator and first-time showrunner Chris Carter, a former editor of Surfing magazine, continued to carry out his obsessive vision of recapturing the hair-raising urgency and weirdness of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" and other quirky programs he'd watched growing up.

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