The X-Files to Return for a New 10-Episode Season This Year

04/20/2017

Mulder and Scully's search for the truth will continue in a new series of Fox's hit sci-fi show The X-Files, the network said Thursday, a year after the show was revived.

 

Fox has ordered an eleventh season of the sci-fi hit The X-Files, promising 10 new episodes to air during the 2017-2018 season. And to put your mind at ease, yes, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are both returning to reprise their roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully, and creator Chris Carter will return as well.

At the Television Critics Association press tour in August, Fox Television Group CEO and chairman Dana Walden told reporters that the network would’ve liked to have more than six episodes in the sci-fi series’ initial revival. “It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris’ schedules… It was just trying to coordinate a time where they all carve out a period to be in Vancouver,” where the drama shoots.

“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,” David Madden, president, Fox Broadcasting Company, said via statement. “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 follows FBI special agents the earnest Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and skeptic Dana Scully (Anderson) as they investigate paranormal phenomena and unsolved mysteries.

"The X-Files," which ran for nine seasons from 1993 through 2001 in its initial run, was revived as a six-episode event series last year. It drew an average of 16 million viewers across multiple platforms. The X-Files earned 16 Emmys, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award.

Production on The X-Files is set to begin during the US summer. Technically the 11th season of The X-Files, this new run will air on Fox’s schedule either later this year or early next.