When The X-Files returned to television last year after a 15 year break, it was a ratings juggernaut for Fox, pulling in over 16 million viewers (at least initially). With that kind of response, I suppose it was inevitable that they would order another season and now we have confirmation that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be returning one more time as Mulder and Scully (and no, we’re not talking about that new audiobook). This time around, it will be a 10-episode limited series as opposed to just six. David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company had this to say:
“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… 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.”
Chris Carter will executive produce the new episodes, although it is unclear just how extensive his involvement will be and whether or not any other regular writers will return. Hopefully the extra episodes will allow them to do more standalone stories, which at this point seem to be more successful than the continuing mythology episodes. The new season is set to start production this summer. Are you excited for another new season of The X-Files?