The X-Files continues! Fox announced Thursday that it has ordered 10 new episodes to air “sometime during the 2017-2018 season.” This is four more episodes than 2016’s revival of six episodes. The new episodes will again feature Fox Muldur (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) reprising their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully and will be executive produced by series creator, Chris Carter.
During the announcement, David Madden, president of Fox, said, “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.”
Although scheduling of the talent has always been a challenge in bringing the series back for more episodes, it’s not a surprise that Fox was able to arrange it. The 2016 return drew an average audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was that television season’s number two broadcast drama.
There’s no word yet on the stories, but we were left hanging after the last episode. The last batch of episodes was a mixed bag, the normal mix of mythology and stand-alone stories. Whether you loved it or hated the endeavor as a whole, there was likely some part of it for every fan to enjoy. (We reviewed each episode on our sister site, Boom Howdy.)
After the announcement, Anderson and Duchovny both took to Twitter to acknowledge that The X-Files will indeed be back: