More ‘X-Files’? Fox Exec Says No Plans Yet, But Would ‘Love to Do More’

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The X-Files” reboot has been a major success for Fox, but will there be more episodes after the event series wraps this upcoming Monday?

While there are no firm plans at this time for a second round of episodes, with the ratings proof, Fox execs are undoubtedly discussing the possibility of ordering more episodes. Plus, the network has been promoting Monday’s finale as the “season finale” — not the “series finale.”

“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,” Fox entertainment president David Madden tells Variety, speaking in an interview conducted earlier in “The X-Files” season.

He adds, “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.”

The performance certainly has been impressive. More than 50 million international viewers watched the two-night premiere in the first three days following its debut on Fox channels in 80 countries, and “X-Files” has held strong since its season opener. Though it fell off this week opposite the Grammy Awards, the show has been strong in its return, averaging a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.9 million total viewers in same-day averages through five episodes. The series has been a nice gainer in delayed viewing, too, with its Feb. 8 episode ranking No. 2 in 18-49 among all dramas for the week, ahead of ABC’s TGIT drama premieres and behind only AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” in “live plus-3” estimates from Nielsen. And, Fox has got to be pleased with its big online numbers via Fox Now and Hulu.

Insiders tell Variety there are no official conversations under way regarding the future of the franchise, but Fox would love to make more “X-Files” happen, if they can — the main hurdle would be getting the schedules of Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny to align, given their other commitments.

When asked about the possibility of a second rebooted season last month at the Television Critics Association press tour, Fox bosses Dana Walden and Gary Newman also touched on the talent subject, saying, “The biggest impediment to going forward with ‘The X-Files’ is the schedule of David and Gillian and, to an extent, Chris…but even the other night at the premiere, we were all laughing and joking that we would love to do this again. So we would be on board if schedules can be worked out.”

Long before the six revival episodes aired, Duchovny talked to Variety about the possibility of returning for more episodes.

“I would never have gone and done another 22 episodes of ‘X-Files,’” Duchovny said, “but we’re going to do six — well, that’s like doing a movie. That’s like continuing the show in a way that we all can do at this point in our lives so that’s how it all came about … Six to me sounds very doable at any walk of my life. It’s not a great hardship in terms of time. I would hope it will be successful, I would hope we could continue, but right now, I’m just looking at it as these six, and then we’ll see what happens.”

Probably not to Duchovny’s surprise, the series has indeed been successful, and the potential for a follow-up is clearly there, especially with Fox’s track record of bringing back hits like “24,” which was revived in 2014 for a 12-episode limited series, and will likely come back yet again with a reimagined pilot greenlit.

And while the return of “X-Files” has been underwhelming to some critics, the fans aren’t complaining — and the numbers don’t lie.

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  1. JOHN DEEGAN says:


    For 20 years i believed in alien life on other planets,i witnessed a UFO myself hovering over a chemical plant in 1999 and went to a talk by Col. Holt about his UFO experience in Suffolk.I am also a christian believer for the same period & have had plenty experience of the Holy Spirit in my life and believe in the appiritions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Medjorgorje etc “The Father has placed me on this mission of being a Mediatrix between God & man”.
    She appeared to the visionary Veronica at Bayside USA between 1970-1994 and among subjects covered were UFO’s. A couple of quotes “UFO’s as you call them are used by SATAN & other demons from hell as transports to confuse & confound mankind into thinking there is alien life in the universe the only creation of the Father has been given in the book of love & life” (bible).
    We are now living through the Book Of Revelations, these are the end times, “in this final battle because of the sins of mankind there are many agents of hell now loose on the earth”. There is our natural world and the supernatural Heaven, Hell & Purgatory.
    The Devil knows his time is now short and so when the christian church is RAPTURED, news medias will report to those left behind that a mass UFO abduction has occured to explain the disapearance of these people,covering up the Divine Act from you.And as in surveys at least half those surveyed believe in alien life, abductions etc thanks to the UFO phenomenon most will probably accept this explanation.
    This and other subjects covering the end times can be found under directives on the shrine website. As ever in this spiritual battle prayer is key, please don’t let the evil one fool mankind.
    Regards John

  2. Kristine Howard says:

    BRING BACK THE X FILES PLEASE..relaxing is fun again!!

  3. Carol Zola says:

    Listen to your Fans. Please Bring back MORE NEW EPISODES of the X-Files. It’s what the fans X-Actly want! 6 more New Episodes!

  4. Ted hood says:

    I just spent money to get to watch the new season. Why would they lead us on only to scew us the viewers with only giving us six episodes? Leaving us fealing like Mulder left in the dark after showing us less than half the information shown. This is something the cancer man would do! Im not happy at all! T.A.Hood

  5. Scott Brodzinski says:

    I tried watching the original X-Files all 9 seasons again from start to finish. I could barely watch up to season 4 episode 19 Max. I do not know why I watch the X-Files right now with such disdain. Maybe because they make both Mulder and Scully look like ” IDIOTS “. Every time Mulder or Scully try to take someone into custody some thing always comes up. When Mulder was on a Jet at 30,000 feet in the air he apprehends a bad guy. Good Right !!! Well, he has no where to put the bad guy so he stuffs him into the bathroom. Here is the idiocy that Mulder always does !!! First of all, he does not frisk the bad guy to make sure he does not have a knife or a hand gun, nor does he put on handcuffs so the perpetrator can not injure or kill Mulder. This does not happen once or twice, this happens all the time. This just does not happen to Mulder, it happens to Scully too. This makes watching the X-Files very frustating. When it comes to Assistant Director Walter Skinner he never helps out Mulder or Scully. He just says, ” I can’t help you “. Again, this does not happen once or twice it happens all the time. When ever Mulder and Scully find some type of evidence it is always either stolen from high security rooms or the Smoking Man walks into the evidence room and walks away with it These are the reasons Mulder and Scully will never ” FIND THE TRUTH “. With friends and co-workers like this you would never find out what is going on, at all. Thanks for the government keeping the X-Files down !!!

  6. Deb says:

    Was an X Files groupie from the get go, and love the new series! Keep it going!!!

  7. Andrew says:

    Please bring back the XFILES, my girlfriend and I love watching it!

  8. Heather says:

    Omg!!…please continue on with more X-files, truly amazing job you all did…would definitely look forward to more. Great acting and a great cast “of course😊”

    Here’s to Fox doing a Great Job! And hopefully pulling it off again, and again, and again, and again,….😉Sincerely, Heather

  9. I enjoy watching The X-Files reopen it was great to see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson again and very very very much want to see them again even if it’s in six episodes lmperments and two or three movies and to hear that David Duchovny said it is possible A big fan Allen R. Horsley

  10. Robin L. says:

    My husband and I have really enjoyed the X Files reboot, and we would LOVE to see the series return! Please, do all you can to make that happen! We love the X Files!!!

  11. Rose Deacon says:

    This reboot was awesome, and I agree with Roxanne, It is a reminder of why the original series was so great.. I hope they make another season and hopefully keep it on air for a while.. X-Files just never gets old.. It is time to bring back this great series.

  12. The new episodes were great, and they reminded me why I loved the original series so much. I hope they will make another season, and soon!

  13. Susie Kirschner says:

    Love the return of Muldar and Scully! Definitely would like to see more episode. Loved this series when it started and was sad to see it stop!!

  14. AJ says:

    More X-Files, but more of the Morgan and Wong variety (and Bowman and Spotnitz), and less Carter.
    That is to say, let Chris Carter do what he is good at, namely ideas, showrunning, and finding talented production staff; and let the others do what they are good at, namely writing and directing.

  15. Michael Lee says:

    Bring more episodes I love X- FILES

  16. Jami says:

    Bring us more X Files

  17. hilly7 says:

    My wife and I were big fans of the X Files when it originally was on, and this is no different. We both love that the original stars are on, even liked the younger version of them in the episode with the bomber. It would be great to see both couples pair up again in upcoming shows, provided there will be more shows. I really don’t see why they would not continue the show. Then again half the shows on TV I don’t understand how they are on TV.

  18. Scott Brodzinski says:

    I hope this stint with the X-Files won’t make Mulder and Scully look like the ” Three Stooges “. The only thing that frustrated me was watching them find all the different bad guys, e.b.e’s and mutants just to have them get away by themselves. Everytime Mulder and Scully are in pursuit either in the car or on foot they find some way of losing them. Mulder is supposed to be the best FBI agent the FBI has ever had, but he keeps stepping on his own two feet and keeps losing whom ever he comes in contact with. Watch the X-Files until the very end of the show and you will see that Mulder and Scully will never arrest anybody because everybody they catch either finds some way of getting away or dying. The X-Files would be the best show ever if they could at least let Mulder and Scully arrest all the different bad guys, e.b.e.’s and mutants so they can win at the end of the episode. I have watched all of the New X-Files so far and they are still playing by the original set of plans, let the bad guys, e.b.e.’s and mutants get away and let Mulder and Scully keep flailing around so they do not catch anybody. I am going to keep watching the X-Files but if they can not let Mulder and Scully at least win some of the time, I may have to hang up my boots on the X-Files !!!

  19. fredfitch says:

    Numbers don’t lie, but you have to listen closely to them. The ratings have gone down every single airing so far–not surprising it fell so hard after the football boosted premiere, but it’s continued dropping every week after that. Watching a six-ep nostalgia revival thing is not the same thing as loyally watching a regular series. This wouldn’t have any staying power. And many many viewers have been unhappy with the quality, but hung on out of curiosity, giving it a chance. They won’t do that indefinitely.

    The Dallas revival, the Knight Rider revival, the Bionic Woman revival–revivals in general, whether they have original cast members or not–they tend to perform very well to start, then lose steam very quickly, and get canceled.

    Right now, this is a success–because of nostalgia. Not quality. And the quality would be much worse if they had to do a lot more episodes. Carter has a lousy record as a showrunner andn producer–all his non X-Files projects have failed. The X-Files itself owes most of its success to other people.

    Doing another miniseries seems viable. A complete reboot might be worth trying, with new leads–but not if Carter is doing it. Agent Einstein? Robbie Arnell? Seriously?

    • E Mara says:

      Yep, another jealous Hollywood gutter rat. Take your Debbie Downer act elsewhere. Hope The X-Files returns next year. Have loved its return so much.

  20. Deb says:

    Have thoroughly loved every single episode and laughed out loud many times. True fans get it!

  21. Jose Garza says:

    The BEST in TV! Love the shows, Babylon was EPIC!!!

  22. Jon Allison says:

    If more episode are made then I hope they won’t be delayed here in the UK like the current series is – they didn’t start show it here until Feb 8th so we’ve only seen the first 2 episodes so far…..

  23. marko tardelli says:

    All over the place, full of johnny exposition, dire and bloated, indulgent in the extreme. And that is being complimentary.

  24. stevenkovacs says:

    I’m thoroughly enjoying the continuation of the ‘X-Files’, and love how David & Gillian are more relaxed, having a little fun with it. The last episode, ‘Babylon’ was incendiary! More, please!

  25. conqueror421 says:

    I absolutely enjoy the show. Always have, always will. To anyone who does not get the fact that they call each other names 20 times per show, its like one of the founding aspects of the show and its characters. Its part of their chemistry, like a husband and wife. On another note if they are trying to bring in Amell and the Ambrose girl as replacements forget it!!!!! While Amell did a great job the girl just does not have the look. Even younger she does not hold a candle to Scully who’s still looks pretty good even with the wig if I do say so myself and I do!!!!!! But please don’t make the same mistake that got it taken off the air in the first place with the dude from Scorpion. This new girls no Scully just like Patrick is no Mulder.

  26. c o says:

    This “season” has definitely had its ups and downs but I have thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to see more. My 2¢.

  27. Nancy D says:

    Love the Old and New X-Files helped show the world the interest in aliens and not from an other countrie

  28. Les Vogt says:

    I was hoping the new X-Files would do an intense 6-part story focused on their mythology. Well, that’s my fault for hoping. Instead we get some flat and uneven, unrelated one-offs that are a pale imitation of the old show. It isn’t terrible; they’ve had a few moments, but it’s nothing special either. Pretty disappointing overall.

    • GregRZ says:

      an intense 6-part story focused on what mythology? Whose? They brought the show back. The show is the show. Why would they change it and make it a 6 part mythology show?

      • River says:

        That was all resolved in the original series.

      • Miri says:

        The mythology/mytharc of the show – you know, abductions, colonization in 2012, black oil, Russia, etc. They had a chance to really draw it together for the new century.

  29. Jon says:

    I really love the x-files and hope the new series continues, it seems like shows about the unknown, and legends are booming with the pursuit of and inspiring interest in the discovery of mysteries of the unknown. Who better could lead the expedition of the search for the truth than the well loved Mulder and Scully team. Witty , funny ,fresh yet still done so well that it portrays the seriousness of the story at hand as well as the importance of their work. They were ahead of their time when they came out and I think their time is still now and can only expect them to get better in the future

  30. HellaBored says:

    I only watched this because all the old people kept going on and on about the show and how awesome it once was. Love is blind I guess? It’s a terrible show! The acting is horrendous, the dialogue is cringeworthy, and it’s just plain boring.

    How many times do they have to say Mulder and Scully? Scully. Mulder. Scully? Mulder? They keep repeating their names as if old age has made them forget they know each other!

    If this show continues it’s not because it’s good! Money talks. That’s all this is for Duchovny and Chris Carter. It’s blatantly obvious… Retirement money! Duchovny has a “music” career too and he shouldn’t, (the man can’t sing) so he obviously has a bunch of people under his spell.

    People can follow up with comments if they want, but I won’t be back to read them. Fire away!

    • c o says:

      Lol… Hellabored is right about the repeating names. It was annoying and noticeable. Esp Scully saying Mulder. During one ep, I lost count at 12 within about 20 minutes. What a great drinking (drunk) game tho.

  31. dee says:

    its been a lot of fun. and i’m sure they can get their schedules to work… it’s the same as shooting a movie like duchovny said. if any of these people were offered a movie they would say yes. though i’d prefer to see 8 eps.

    • Hellabord, That’s what they do even in the Old X-Files show. That’s one of the charms. There used to be a drinking game for every time they said each others names. You really need to watch the older X-Files to understand the show.

  32. Would someone please explain the term REBOOT to the collective press?
    They seem to always use the term wrong (as in this case).

    This is a sequel season… not a reboot…

    A Reboot would start at the beginning, with recasting established characters, like the JJ Star Trek (even though, that one is still kinda a sequel too)

  33. Amanda says:

    “… the main hurdle would be getting the schedules of Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny to align, given their other commitments.”

    I think we can safely assume Carter’s schedule won’t be a problem. Him being so available to write is.
    I’m hoping the Morgans, Wong and hopefully Vince Gillian, Frank Spotnitz and Howard Gordon will all be involved and contribute an episode. At the very least make Carter submit all his scripts to at least one of them for a rewrite.
    Heck, there’s a lot of talent out there. They don’t have to have a previous association to The X-Files. Let Carter produce and direct. Just please don’t leave him to his own devices when penning a script.

  34. becky robinson says:

    Please more x files..2016 episode was excellent. Well written, directed, cast and over all produce. Big thumbs Up

  35. Miri says:

    Honestly, as much as I’ve been enjoying the majority of the revival, the episodes that Chris Carter wrote have all been massively clumsy, tone-deaf stink bombs, most especially this last one opposite the Grammy Awards (“Babylon”). Unless it became possible to bring the show back for an 11th season without Carter writing any episodes himself, I think we should let these characters go to their rest peacefully. They’ve earned it. We’ll never get any satisfying resolution, either to the individual character arcs, or to the overall “truth”, with him at the keyboard.

  36. Sarah says:

    I LOVE the X Files return! It’s scary at times, dramatic, then pops in humor. Wonderful. I was in a different place in my life when the original series aired and I didn’t watch many episodes. Now I haven’t missed one and wait patiently for the next. Thanks, FOX. Bring them back! :-)

  37. Thomas Newman says:

    They have to do MORE> I first episode was a tease. The rest of them were weak.The reason the show was back was to answer the questions,didn’t happen.The truth is out there,but they need the episodes to be focused on that truth,

    • River says:

      There were no unanswered questions. The reason the show came back is $$$ and there’s nothing wrong with that — television is a business and The X-Files is FOX’s biggest success since Empire.

  38. adam says:

    What are they waiting for? They should talk with Gillian and David at this point!!!

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