A little over two years ago we found out that The X-Files was being revived as a limited event series with show creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning.
Now comes word that FOX has ordered another run of episodes, with Carter, Duchovny, and Anderson all returning once again. This time around the season will include 10 brand new episodes, and they may be arriving sooner than you think: the plan is to begin filming this summer, for a premiere either in late 2017 or sometime in 2018.
Continue below for the full announcement.
Here’s the press release from FOX:
â€œTHE X-FILESâ€ RETURNS TO FOX FOR 10-EPISODE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF EVENT SERIES
FOX has ordered a second chapter of THE X-FILES event series. The all-new 10-episode installment once again will be executive-produced by creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning in their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. The event series will air during the 2017-2018 season. Production is set to begin in summer 2017.
â€œIconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators â€“ 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,â€ said David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company. â€œChrisâ€™ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we canâ€™t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of THE X-FILES.â€
In 2016, THE X-FILES drew an average Multi-Platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last seasonâ€™s No. 2 broadcast drama. It also was the seasonâ€™s most talked-about event series on Twitter.
THE X-FILES originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit, and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases â€“ â€œX-Filesâ€ â€“ for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions, THE X-FILES is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter.
The six-episode first run of new episodes aired in January and February of 2016, and you can find our reviews of the episodes here if interested.
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