Though some called it 'wildly uneven', the 6-episode X-Files event series that launched this past January on Fox was a critical and ratings hit. Called Season X by some, these latest episodes were a fine mix of mythology building and monster of the week. They also happened to end on a pretty substantial cliffhanger that indicated this decades long story was far from over. As the TCAs continue in Hollywood, it has been confirmed by Fox that 'significant talks' are happening for the return of the show.
Fox wants all of its main X-Files players back, including Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for what would be the 11th Season. Fox entertainment president David Madden appeared at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday with nothing but positive words to say about the future of The X-Files. And it sounds like we'll be seeing more Fox Mulder and Dana Scully sooner than later.
"We would obviously love to do another season [but] schedules are hard. We're working hard to get this done."
Just last month, star Gillian Anderson insisted that she had not been approached yet about taking on the weight of more episodes. At the time, she sounded enthusiastic about returning, but she also didn't sound too enthusiastic about it actually happening. She stated the following, as reported by TVLine.
"I'm open to the conversation, though they haven't come to us yet. I have no clue when they're going to. I'm getting on with the rest of my life and I'm booking other jobs, so if it is indeed something that they would like to continue, then that conversation will need to be had. And I have no idea when that will be able to take place at this juncture."
Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden also spoke about the show's possible return. While she wouldn't offer a true update, she did respond to some of the negative criticism aimed at the 6 new episodes that arrived just earlier this year. She says this.
"The show was off the air for a very long time, and was introduced to a variety of new viewers [via online platforms]... They had a challenge of filling in the mythology and explaining where the characters were and how they got to where they are now. I think going forward there won't be the same obligation to reset the series."
Later at the TCAs it was confirmed that Fox is actually eyeing a bigger episode count for Season 11, which may explain some of the hold-up. While the initial X-Files revival was called an 'event series', which spanned 6 episodes, Fox wants to expand to anywhere between 8 more episodes and a full 10 episode Season 11. Dana Walden continued, saying this.
"We would have liked to have done more [episodes] in the first place. It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris' schedules. Gillian lives in the UK, David lives in New York and California, and we do the show in Vancouver. Chris lives up north. So it was just trying to coordinate a time where they all carve out a period to be in Vancouver."
One of the reasons we haven't heard a confirmation on The X-Files Season 11 is because Fox and the show's creative team are taking longer to plan. But don't expect a full 22 episode season. That probably won't happen. Says Walden.
"We're in conversations that intentionally we could do more. I don't imagine it being a full season of The X-Files, but I would be really happy if we were able to get eight to 10 episodes."
As of this time, there is no official confirmation that The X-Files Season 11 will actually happen. But it looks inevitable at this point. How soon we'll see new episodes is anyone's guess. But if another season is announced, we can expect that shooting won't start until at least mid-2017, which would have the show returning sometime in 2018. As fans had to wait quite a substantial amount of time for the show's return in the first place, its likely that most audience members won't be affected by a two year wait to find out what happens to Mulder and Scully next.