Fox wants more X-Files and plans to deliver another season of the hit series in 2018, TV lines reports.
Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman, Dana Walden, told reporters during the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday that the network is “hopeful” that The X-Files Season 11 would return with eight to 10 new episodes “some time” in 2018.
“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.”
Walden reported that The X-Files should return by the end of 2018, and they hope to have more time to coordinate the demanding schedules of the cast. This time around, the network and Fox studio have a longer window to plan for another season. They aren’t in a rush, and the actors have to dedicate time to pull off a great season.
Dana explained that she doesn’t anticipate the season consisting of 20 plus episodes, but Fox doesn’t see an issue with bringing the fans at least eight to 10 episodes, ET reports.
Walden added that just because The X-files will have a shorter season, it doesn’t mean that it will lack excitement. In fact, the executive added that the drama is expected to be “super-sized” and will more than make up for the shorter season.
“There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard, but we’re working hard to get this done and we would love to get another season out.”
Fox Entertainment President, David Madden, explained that they would love to do another season of The X-Files and are working hard to make it a reality for the fans. He explained that the most difficult part of getting another season filmed was coordinating the schedules between writer, Chris Carter, and the actors, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
Madden felt the need to defend Season 10 by stating that it was a “strong” season even though it met mixed reviews from the audience. The X-Files Season 10 premiered with 16.2 million viewers and the viewership continued to be “relatively high” throughout the six-episode season.
“I actually think that the six episodes were strong. We worked hard with [creator] Chris [Carter] on the previous season. The episodes represent Chris and his team’s vision. Everybody reads what they read, but we have the opportunity to do more episodes and we’ll take our cue from Chris and his team, and I think there was some very strong work on the previous season and I look forward to more.”
Dana Walden revealed that one of the factors leading to the fans’ disappointment in The X-Files Season 10 was the 14-year gap in between Season 9 and 10. Walden believes that since there has been so much time since the past few seasons, it’s given the series time to gain viewers from all different types of platforms. As hard as it is for the producers to admit, The X-Files fans expected more, and it was difficult for them to pack it into a six-episode season.
“I think going forward there won’t be the same obligation to reset the series. But I would tell you that on the social platforms, the chatter is overwhelmingly positive and the fans want more episodes. I did read some negative reviews and I also saw some glowing reviews. Like with most shows, I thought it was very mixed.”
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have agreed to reprise their iconic roles, Scully and Mulder, and are excited to “reboot” the series.
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