When the new six-episode limited series of The X-Files was announced last year, some fans were skeptical. It had been 14 years since the show was on and even longer since the series was considered to have been in its prime. Creator Chris Carter struggled to find another successful series since his big hit went off the air, and longtime writer Vince Gilligan -- now one of TV’s top showrunners -- wasn't going to be involved.
But now, with one episode to go, the show has been a clear ratings success. And while nothing is official, it doesn’t appear X-Philes will have to wait nearly as long for their favorite special agents to return.
According to a report from Variety, FOX’s entertainment president is interested in producing more episodes of the series, although official discussions have not yet begun with cast members. Indeed, all promotion for the last of the six episodes has referred to the episode as a season finale, indicating that we haven't yet reached the end of the show just yet:
"We said before it aired that we would love to do more, and we are over the moon with the performance. So far, the response has been really encouraging. We haven’t talked to the talent yet about Season 2 in any more definitive way than we had prior to airing the show, but certainly, it seems like there’s an audience responding to the show that would love to see more episodes."
Variety also quoted "insiders" as stating that the network is interested in moving forward, and that the only challenge is lining up the schedules of creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.
Keeping The X-Files going makes a certain amount of sense. It’s been a huge ratings success, with 50 million viewers worldwide watching the premiere and ratings holding strong for the next few weeks. It’s clear that the show’s core fans from the ‘90s have returned, along with younger viewers who have caught up on the show through Netflix, which streams all nine of the previous seasons. Besides, we've known for awhile that the limited series will end on a cliffhanger, and Duchovny said an interview last year that the limited series was not the end.
Sure, critical reaction to the revived series has been somewhat mixed, even varying wildly from episode to episode. The premiere earned a lukewarm reception from critics, both for clunky dialogue and thin characterizations. But on the other hand, the third episode -- 'Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster' -- was almost universally praised for capturing the quirky energy of the original series, especially the installments that came from that episode’s writer, Darin Morgan.
Is there any reason to doubt The X-Files will be back? Well, the last big FOX series revival was 24, and despite various plans, that was one-and-done in its original form (although a Bauer-less spinoff is on the way).
The X-Files season 10 finale airs Monday @8pm on FOX.