The news true believers have been waiting for has finally arrived: Fox has ordered a new 10-episode installment of “The X-Files”
This 11th season will serve as a “continuation” of the six-episode revival of the cult sci-fi series that aired last year. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will return to their iconic roles as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, joined by “X-Files” creator Chris Carter. Filming is targeted to begin this summer.
The network also released a new one-sheet for the upcoming season.
The “X-Files” revival proved to be a ratings smash for Fox when it premiered, drawing an impressive 16 million viewers and a 4.8 rating in the all-important 18-49 demo. Even more impressive was that the series averaged about 9.5 million viewers over the course of its six-episode run. So it wasn’t entirely surprising that Fox wanted more “X-Files.” Unfortunately, coordinating schedules when your leads are incredibly busy — Anderson, for example, is coming off Starz’s “American Gods” — it tends to make things a bit more difficult for all involved.
The six-episode Season 10 debuted on Jan. 24, 2016, and concluded in February with a final episode that left the door wide open to additional installments. Season 11 will premiere in 2018.
“The X-Files” debuted in 1993 on Fox, and continued for nine seasons before ending its original run in 2002. The series spawned two feature films and a short-lived television spinoff, “The Lone Gunmen,” as well as related comics, novels and tabletop and video games.