Gillian Anderson is not happy with The X-Files season 11 writer’s room and rightfully so — there are no women involved in the writing process for the new season. When the popular science fiction/drama series made its big return in 2016 on FOX (the series first aired from 1993 to 2002), it was later renewed for a 10-episode season 11 which will be airing in the 2017-2018 television season.
The show revolves around FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal entities with most episodes following a monster of the week format. Duchovny’s Mulder is a believer in aliens and the supernatural, while Anderson’s Scully is a skeptic assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder’s discoveries to debunk his work and lead him back to mainstream cases. By the end of the 1993-2002 run, the two develop a romantic relationship and are reunited in the tenth season which takes place 14 years later.
For the upcoming season, it was announced earlier in the week that The X-Files creator Chris Carter assembled a writer’s room including producers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong, season 9 writers’ assistant Gabe Rotter, season 10 writers’ assistant Benjamin Van Allen and Brad Follmer. While many of these writers have past ties with The X-Files, Anderson herself is not happy with the writer’s room assembled since there are no women on the team according as she expressed via a tweet earlier today responding to an article from The Washington Post.
Looking into Anderson’s tweet, the only two episodes of The X-Files that were directed by women was the season 7 episode ‘all things’, which was directed by Anderson herself, and season 9 episode ‘John Doe’ directed by Michelle MacLaren. The series also has an assorted past when it comes to equal pay, Anderson revealed last year that it took her three seasons to receive an equal salary with her co-star. Surprisingly, Anderson found herself in a similar situation during the revival of the series last year when her initial salary offer was half of Duchovny’s, but she was able to secure equal pay this time around.
Considering The X-Files is now in an era where equal pay and opportunities for women in the entertainment industry is expected and applauded, we hope that the series listens to its main actress and adds more women to the writers’ room.
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Source: Gillian Anderson
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