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Millennium (TV series)

Genre Supernatural drama
Created by Chris Carter
Starring Lance Henriksen
Megan Gallagher
Klea Scott
Terry O'Quinn
Brittany Tiplady
Bill Smitrovich
Stephen J. Lang
Composer(s) Mark Snow
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 67 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Chris Carter
Michael Duggan
Chip Johannessen
Glen Morgan
James Wong
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Ten Thirteen Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel Fox
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original release October 25, 1996 (1996-10-25) – May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)
Related shows The X-Files
The Lone Gunmen

Millennium is an American television series created by Millennium Group. There was also a crossover episode of The X-Files titled "Millennium" that featured the Millennium Group and Frank Black.

The series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, though most episodes were ostensibly set in or around Seattle, Washington. The theme music for the show was composed by Mark Snow, who also created the distinctive theme music for The X-Files.

Although the series premiered with impressive ratings, viewership declined throughout its three-season run, and it was canceled by Fox in early 1999.


  • Series overview 1
  • Cast and characters 2
    • Starring 2.1
    • Also starring 2.2
  • Production 3
    • Development 3.1
    • Casting 3.2
  • Broadcast and release 4
    • Syndication and cancellation 4.1
    • Home video release 4.2
    • Future 4.3
  • Impact 5
    • Critical reception 5.1
    • Awards and nominations 5.2
    • Books 5.3
    • Comic books 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Series overview

Millennium featured Frank Black, a freelance forensic profiler and former FBI agent with a unique ability to see the world through the eyes of serial killers and murderers, though he says that he is not psychic. Black worked for the mysterious Millennium Group, whose power and sinister agenda were explored throughout the series.

Black lived in Seattle with his wife Catherine and daughter Jordan. Jordan was revealed to have inherited some measure of her father's "gift", suggesting that Frank's abilities might be at least partly psychic, since Jordan's are clearly natural, not learned.

The first season dealt primarily with Black pursuing various serial killers and other murderers, with only occasional references to the Group's true purpose. The second season introduced more supernatural occurrences into the show's mythology, with Frank often coming into conflict with forces that appeared to be apocalyptic or demonic in nature. The final season showed Frank returning to Washington, D.C., to work with the FBI following the death of his wife at the hands of the Group. He was joined by a new partner, Emma Hollis. Despite Frank's warnings and what she herself observed, Emma ultimately joined the Group. Frank was last seen escaping from Washington, having taken Jordan from school.

After the show's cancellation, the crossover episode, "Millennium", was made for the television series The X-Files, serving as a de facto series finale for Frank Black's story.

Cast and characters


  • Lance Henriksen as Frank Black (seasons 1–3 main character). Frank Black has a unique ability to see within the mind of a killer. A former FBI special agent specializing in serial killers, Black decided to leave and settle in Seattle with his family.
  • Megan Gallagher as Catherine Black (seasons 1–2 main; recurring episode 12 of Season 3) – Catherine was a clinical social worker who counseled crime victims and confronted challenging cases. Willing to sacrifice herself, she was infected with a deadly virus mysteriously associated with the Millennium Group.
  • Klea Scott as Emma Hollis (season 3 main), Emma is a young FBI special agent who becomes Frank's protege in Virginia. She struggles to understand the criminal mind, and has to deal with her father's Alzheimer's-like disease.

Also starring

  • Terry O'Quinn as Peter Watts (Season 1–3)
  • Brittany Tiplady as Jordan Black (Season 1–3): Jordan, daughter of Frank and Catherine, represents the light in the dark world where Frank works. Jordan must learn to deal with her own mysterious gift.
  • Bill Smitrovich as Lt. Robert Bletcher (Season 1): A homicide detective for the Seattle police, and Frank's best friend.
  • Stephen J. Lang as Det. Bob Giebelhouse (Season 1–3): Seattle detective with a cynical view of humanity and a penchant for gallows humor.
  • R.G. Armstrong as the Old Man (Season 2): The reclusive senior member of The Millennium Group.



After Chris Carter's success with The X-Files, the Fox Broadcasting Company asked him if he would produce another series for them. He already had an idea for creating a show based around the coming millennium of the year 2000, and it was this idea that he followed up. The Fox executives gave Carter a budget of nearly $1.5 million per episode, and allowed him to create his own "look" for the show.[1] Carter has said he was influenced by the Bible, Dostoyevsky and Mary Shelley in planning the series.[2] Carter pitched Millennium to Fox as "Se7en in Seattle." The setting of a dark, rain-soaked city and a world-weary detective's hunt for a religiously inspired serial killer have clear parallels with the pilot episode. One of the show's working titles was 2000, though Millennium was chosen.[1]

For the

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See also

In October 2014 it was announced that official series of comic books would be released by IDW Publishing.[42]

Comic books

  1. The Frenchman (1997) by Elizabeth Hand
  2. Gehenna (1997) by Lewis Gannett
  3. Force Majeure (1998) by Lewis Gannett
  4. The Wild and the Innocent (1998) by Elizabeth Massie
  5. Weeds (2000) by Victor Koman

Several books based on the series were released.[41]


Millennium was nominated for a variety of different awards including two Primetime Emmy Awards,[34] four American Society of Cinematographers Awards, 1 Bram Stoker Awards, three Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards (three wins),[35][36] three Golden Globe Awards,[37] one People's Choice Awards[38] and five Young Artist Awards (one win).[39][40] The most nominated episode is Matryoshka, Robert McLachlan became the most nominated crew member and Brittany Tiplady became the most nominated actor in the show's history. While Lance Henriksen became the only actor from the show to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[37]

Awards and nominations

Keith Uhlich from Slant Magazine was positive to both season one and three of Millennium,[28] giving them both four out of five stars and calling season one: "We are racing toward an apocalypse of our own creation. This is who we are."[29] Mike Drucker from IGN called the second season a combination of the "X-Files and the violent paranoia of Se7en."[30] Variety Magazine reviewer Jeremy Gerard compared the show to Twin Peaks and was overall positive to the series, but said "I just wish it were a little more fun, that I didn't have this nagging feeling that it wants to hurt me the next time I come around."[31] Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly gave the show a B and said it had "great visuals and a commanding performance by Henriksen."[32] Justine Elias from The New York Times was mostly positive to the series and said "If The X-Files, with its offbeat humor and conspiracy theories, wonders about those things that go bump in the night, Millennium explores the darkness – and embraces it."[2] Daily Nebraskan said in their review that the show had "a lot of potential: a good lead actor, a solid premise and a feel that will keep audiences glued to their televisions."[33]

Critical reception


Publishing house Fourth Horseman Press has released Back to Frank Black (2012), a book offering in-depth insight into the production of the series. The book features Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, Lance Henriksen, Brittany Tiplady and John Kenneth Muir among its writers.[26][27]

Creator Chris Carter has joined Henriksen in expressing an interest in a film based on Millennium. While promoting The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Carter commented that he and Henriksen have "talked about that over the years" and that the cast and crew who would need to be involved are interested, adding, "I have ideas about how to do it."[24][25] To date, 20th Century Fox has expressed no interest in such a project, even to the extent of publicly commenting on it.

The release of Millennium on DVD prompted Lance Henriksen to propose a continuation of the series. Henriksen speculated that the numbers behind the box set sales might be the key to reviving Frank Black. "I wonder if the sales of these will tell us how many people loved the show and whether or not the movie ought to be made," Henriksen told the Sci-Fi Wire. "I mean, [Frank Black] still is alive. Maybe it's a good thing there was no closure for Millennium because now, if we did a movie, it would be good closure for me."[22] Henriksen has gone on to support the Back to Frank Black campaign, a movement dedicated to the return of the character, explaining, "I really think it is a possibility."[23]


Millennium season one was released on DVD in the United States (Region 1) on July 20, 2004, season two on January 4, 2005, and season three on September 6, 2005. Millennium: The Complete Series was released on DVD on October 28, 2008.[17] On October 4, 2006 the first, second, and third seasons were released in Region 4.[18][19][20] The Complete Series was released on October 24, 2006 in Region 4.[21]

Home video release

The FX cable network picked up the off-network rights for Millennium after its cancellation for $20–$25 million dollars.[14] NBC Universal's horror channel, Chiller, began airing Millennium weeknights at 7 pm Eastern (and again at 3 am Eastern the following morning) on Monday, February 4, 2008.[15][16]

Frank Black returned in The X-Files season seven episode "Millennium", which featured the final appearances of both Frank Black and his daughter, Jordan.

Fox renewed Millennium for a third season in May 1998.[11] During that season, the series faced problems with a declining viewership and pessimistic forecasts from industry insiders.[12] Fox benched Millennium during its summer run, airing reruns of Mad TV in its time slot, without giving any official word on whether it would be renewed for a fourth season.[13] The series was cancelled, ending on a cliffhanger.

Millennium's pilot episode[8] earned a total of 17.72 million viewers in the United States.[9] The second season premiere, "The Beginning and the End", gathered a total viewership of 7.75 million in the United States.[9] Fox decided to rebuild their primetime schedules in 1997 during the second season, airing Millennium at 9:00 pm EST on Fridays.[10]

Syndication and cancellation

Broadcast and release


I had tried to cast Lance Henriksen on The X-Files several times, he had always been either unavailable or uninterested. Anyway I remained a fan of his, I was in bed working in Vancouver and I realized he was working there too. So I found out where he was staying and wrote a personal note, had a fan slip it under his door, and said that I'd tried to get him on the show and hoped to work with him in the future. Little did he know when I was then writing Millennium I was writing with only him in mind, with no idea whether or not he'd actually do the project. So I wrote the project, approached him, he was very excited about it, we made a deal and the rest is now history.[7]

Not convinced that Lance Henriksen was right for the main role, Fox execs considered William Hurt, until learning that he had no interest in acting for television. Chris Carter sent the screenplay for the "Pilot episode" to Henriksen, who thought it was "great". When his manager told him that it was a television script, he backed out for a while until he talked to Carter directly.[6] Carter said about casting Henriksen:


For [5]

There was too much gore in the first season, and it was for shock's sake. There was no humor. Everybody wanted to know more about the Millennium Group. What was Frank's role with them? We needed to develop Frank. We had a good actress, Megan Gallagher, playing his wife, and what could we do with their relationship? Where can this go?


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