‘X-Files’ Event Series to Return to Fox

'X-Files' Event Series to Return to
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The truth is still out there. Again.

Fox has ordered a new 10-episode revival of “The X-Files,” the classic television sci-fi drama that returned to the network’s air with a limited series last year. The new installments — billed as a continuation of the 10-episode 2016 run, will premiere during the 2017-18 television season. The production will again reunite original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson with series creator and showrunner Chris Carter, and is slated to begin production this summer.

“The X-Files” tells the story of Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson), paranormal investigators for the FBI.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why ‘The X-Files’ has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of ‘The X-Files’.”

The 2016 limited-series revival of “The X-Files” averaged a multiplatform audience of 16 million viewers, according to Fox. It also averaged a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers, making it the fifth highest-rated broadcast series of the season.

“The X-Files” premiered on Fox in 1993. It became one of the definitive programs of the network’s early years, earning 16 Primetime Emmy Awards over its initial nine-season run.

Fox in recent years has leaned heavily into revivals of successful past series, bringing back “X-Files”and “Prison Break,” which is currently in the middle of a nine-episode run, as well as “24: Legacy” earlier this season.

The 2016 “X-Files” revival received a lukewarm reception from critics. In his review for Variety, Brian Lowry wrote, “While the performers have aged in only the most flattering of ways, and Fox has milked the build-up for all it’s worth, there’s a feeling that everyone is just going through the motions, despite the durability of the show’s central conceit about distrusting authority and the prospect of shadowy conspiracies reaching into the highest levels of government and business.”

Fox on Thursday also released teaser art for the new “X-Files”:

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  1. Norman Welch says:

    Yay! I can’t wait! 😊🖒

  2. Prebeg says:

    Can only hope that the next ten episodes are better than the last ten. They were a real snore.

  3. Harry says:

    Wouldn’t need anything more fresh than government conspiracies at the highest level of government…and the firing of Comey? Pure gold.

  4. Robert Weaver says:

    With the X-Files returning for a 10-part series, how doing the same for another fan favorite show. I am talking about Firefly. Now a 10-part Firefly would be great, and doing it that way would keep the show fresh. How about it Josh Whedon?

  5. Caligula says:

    The 2016 series only had 6 episodes, dumdums! Research!!

  6. mattchiasson says:

    billed as a continuation of the 10-episode 2016 run” There were only 6 episodes in 2016.

    I don’t know why people are hating on the revival. It wasn’t perfect, but I felt half the episodes were pretty good, and frankly the episode “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” was one of the best episodes of the X-Files EVER.

    Seriously, go watch that one episode again

    The whole revival was worth it JUST for that one episode.

  7. Bruce says:

    I hope they just resolve the 2016 revival cliffhanger in 1 episode and just go back to individual cases/reopening x-files. There lies the real magic.

  8. rpriske says:

    The series was great but the revival was awful. I mean REALLY awful.

    Let it stay dead.

  9. ludivine Vernet says:

    Can’t wait. I have loved X Files since the very first episode.

  10. Robert James Odell says:

    Great news. The magic is still there and I, for one, can’t wait.

  11. Dunstan says:

    Please stop. Please.

  12. elliotjames2 says:

    Good. I dislike cliffhangers that are never resolved.

  13. Lynda Nelson says:

    I don’t know who rates these iconic comebacks that obviously we all love and wait for, but they don’t have a clue.

  14. JoeMcG says:

    This is exciting! But one error… the 2016 series was only 6 episodes, not 10. Go glad we’ll get 10 new episodes. The last six were great, but a bit uneven. Do hope the writing is a bit more even this time.

  15. Dave Brooks says:

    OMG…can’t wait!

  16. Alistar says:

    I hope they spend more time on the scripts this time. This could be what we should have gotten last time. I have faith

    • bda31175 says:

      Agreed. I want to believe. Seriously though, was the second feature film canonical? Because they definitely hooked up in that one.

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