Fans were elated when Fox revived "The X-Files" earlier this year, though the six new installments of the classic sci-fi series were a mixed bag in terms of quality. Still, it was fun seeing Mulder and Scully back in action, and the ridiculous season 10 cliffhanger certainly left fans wanting more. But will they get it? Fox played it coy when previously discussing the possibility, but execs revealed this week that negotiations are currently ongoing for season 11.
"We would love to do other seasons," said Fox Entertainment president David Madden at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday, adding that he's been in touch with stars David Duchonvy and Gillian Anderson, as well as series creator Chris Carter. "There are significant talks with all three principals," Madden said. "We are working hard, and would like to get a new season soon."
That hypothetical season 11 would probably be longer than season 10's six-episode run, though Fox TV Group chairman Dana Walden told the TCA crowd that it wouldn't be feasible to order a full 22-episode season for the next go-round. What's more likely is an episode order somewhere between 8 to 10 episodes, according to Walden.
The execs also addressed the revival's middling critical reception, defending the new episodes, but also acknowledging that the devotion to mythology after a 15-year gap perhaps hampered the storytelling. That likely will be less of a problem in the future, they said.
"I actually think the season was strong," Madden said. "The episodes represent Chris and his team's vision, and we will take our cue from them."
Added Walden, "The show was off the air for a very long time. It was introduced to new viewers, and (the writers) had the challenge of filling in the mythology. Going forward, there won't be the same obligation to reset the series."
Duchonvy also fanned the flames about the revival's chances, sending a birthday message to Anderson on Twitter on Tuesday that suggested the pair may be reuniting again soon.
Happy Birthday, Gillian. If you see Dana, tell her Fox says she might wanna polish up the ol' badge soon-ish. Love, D
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) August 9, 2016
"If you see Dana, tell her Fox says she might wanna polish up the ol' badge soon-ish," the actor tweeted to his co-star.
We'll keep our fingers crossed that that scenario pans out soon.