The X-Files will officially return for another 10 episodes at FOX, set to air during the 2017-2018 season. One of the defining TV dramas of the 1990s, The-X-Files, also stands as one of the most successful sci-fi franchises of all-time, outside of the obvious big kahunas like Star Trek and Star Wars. In addition to an original nine-season, 200+ episode run on FOX, The X-Files has also spawned two theatrical films, multiple video games, comic books, novels, and just about every type of tie-in merchandise one can imagine.
After laying mostly dormant following the 2008 release of The X-Files: I Want to Believe in theaters, Mulder and Scully’s adventures into the paranormal returned to FOX in early 2016, in the form of a six-episode “event series.” While the short revival season featured a mix of both standalone stories and additions to the series’ famous alien conspiracy arc, the final episode ended on quite the cliffhanger, making it pretty clear that creator Chris Carter was banking on FOX not being done with The X-Files. Thankfully for fans that turned out to be the case.
FOX has officially announced The X-Files will return to the network for a 10-episode second installment in the event series story, although many fans will likely just refer to it as season 11, since that’s basically what it is at this point. Whatever one opts to call the new episodes, they’ll begin production this summer, with plans to air them sometime during the 2017-2018 broadcast season. Exactly when during the season has yet to be specified, but an early 2018 premiere seems likely, mirroring the scheduling of the 2016 revival.
While overall opinion among fans concerning the last 6-episode batch was a bit mixed, most agreed that it was a treat to have Mulder and Scully back working cases together, and welcomed another reunion. If FOX had had their way, season 11 may have come even sooner, as the 2016 revival was the second highest rated drama on broadcast TV. Still, stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are always in-demand, and their respective schedules played a big role in keeping The X-Files closed for the currently airing TV season.
Making the renewal news even sweeter for X-Philes is that the episode count has almost doubled, which will likely lead to a much more balanced mixture of standalone monster-of-the-week tales and entries that advance the overall mythology of the series. Duchovny complained publicly following the release of season 10 that he thought the episode count had been too small, so hopefully this larger 10-episode order will please the once and future Mulder. For at least one more season, the truth remains out there.
The X-Files returns to FOX sometime during the 2017-2018 season.