'X-Files,' '9-1-1' put out call for viewers on Fox

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in 'The X-Files'

(CNN)Fox is issuing what amounts to a desperate call for viewers, bringing back "The X-Files" alongside the emergency-themed "9-1-1." The Wednesday tandem yields a split decision, as the former can't recover from the over-the-top cliffhanger that ended its last run, while the latter does a surprisingly effective job of breathing life into a seemingly stodgy concept about cops, paramedics and firefighters.

"X-Files" creator Chris Carter left a sprawling mess behind to close the first season of this long-deferr