After the resounding success of the six-episode X-Files event series, not surprisingly FOX wanted more, but would all parties be up for another run. Apparently, the answer is a resounding ‘yes.’ The network officially announced a second helping of the revival, Season 11 overall. This time though, the powers that be negotiated more episodes, 10 in total.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said Fox president David Madden. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”
The X-Files originally ran from 1993 to 2002 and spawned two feature films. Not only was the series a cult favorite but a critically-acclaimed one as well. It earned 62 Emmy nominations, including four for Outstanding Drama Series and won 16 Emmys including one for Best Actress for Gillian Anderson in 1997.
The thrilling limited series that aired in 2016 was a ratings hit. It drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers, becoming last season’s No. 2 broadcast drama.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will once again reprise their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully respectively, while creator Chris Carter will return as executive producer.
Subsequent revivals for the network haven’t followed in The X-Files’s footsteps. Both 24 and Prison Break, which returned this year, haven’t generated the same buzz nor ratings as their respective predecessors. The former even got a cushy post-Super Bowl timeslot.
Excited for more episodes of the landmark sci-fi series? Anderson certainly is. Check out her tweet after another season was announced. Sound off below.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 21, 2017