After Season 10’s revival ended on a huge cliffhanger, us hardcore “The X-Files” fans have been wanting to believe there will be an eleventh season.
Huge news this Thursday afternoon as Fox just announced the return of “The X-Files” with a 10 episode order, which is four more than the Season 10 revival.
Series creator Chris Carter will executive-produce Season 11, and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have signed on to return as Mulder and Scully, as well.
TVLine explained that, 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” will return during the 2017-18 season with plans to begin filming this summer. Are there any clues hiding in this piece of art released with the statement?
Last January’s return of “The X-Files” came thirteen years after the original series run and delivered us six brand new episodes from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, mixing stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s mythology. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabited their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returned as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.
Three of the episodes were written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.
In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully took on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes featured appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”
The season was hugely inspired by real-life conspiracy theories, all of which intertwined into one massive world-ending scenario. It will be interesting to see if the plan is to tie up all loose ends in Season 11 or if there are further stories to be told. Personally, I hope they stray away from capsule stories and focus more on the larger conspiracy at hand. But who am I kidding, I’ll be happy with anything they put on the screen.