Fox announced today that the second chapter of The X-Files Event Series, created and executive produced by Chris Carter, will debut Wednesday, January 3 on Fox. The series, which features the return of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in their iconic roles, will be followed by the procedural drama 9-1-1, created and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, starring Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Connie Britton. Empire (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and Star (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) have their fall finales in December 2017 and return in March 2018
The all-new, 10-episode second installment of The X-Files (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) event series once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner. Additionally, the all-new episodes will feature guest-star appearances by Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as "Cigarette Smoking Man." In 2016, The X-Files drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was the season's No. 2 broadcast drama, as well as the most talked-about event series on Twitter. Along with Carter, series veteran Glen Morgan serves as an executive producer.
Following The X-Files, provocative new drama 9-1-1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) premieres on Fox. From creators Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story franchise), Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story franchise) and Tim Minear (American Horror Story franchise), 9-1-1 explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives. The series stars Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, What's Love Got to Do with It), Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Peter Krause (The Catch, Six Feet Under) and Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton (Nashville, Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story). Oliver Stark (Into The Badlands), Aisha Hinds (Shots Fired, Underground), Kenneth Choi (The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story) and Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break, The Path) also star. Brad Buecker directs the premiere episode and serves as an executive producer, along with Alexis Martin Woodall and series star Angela Bassett.
The X-Files originally premiered on September, 10 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Mulder and Scully, as they investigate unexplained cases - "X-Files" - for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. Fox released a brief X-Files Season 11 trailer during the network's coverage of the World Series, which teases a new alien threat is emerging.
Unfortunately, this might be the last season of The X-Files, with Gillian Anderson revealing she's done with X-Files after Season 11. The actress added that she only came back for this season because it, "felt like it wasn't over" and that they hadn't delivered everything they had promised the fans. We'll find out if this seasons delivers on that promise when the new episodes debut Wednesday, January 3 at 8 PM ET on Fox.