After lengthy negotiations, FOX has announced that The X-Files has been renewed for a 10-episode 11th season, which begins production this summer for a premiere during the upcoming 2017-18 season. The episode order is up four from season 10’s six that aired during the 2015-16 season.
“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,” David Madden, president, Fox Broadcasting Company, said via statement. “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.”
Following a 14-year television hiatus, The X-Files was revived for the 2015-16 season to okay reviews and strong ratings. Though its numbers tailed off a bit after a huge start, the series was still exceptionally successful for FOX, making this renewal a much needed win for them. FOX has added a solid new drama in Lethal Weapon this season, but the network’s slate (beyond still gigantic music industry soap Empire) is frail at best and can use the extra push that more X-Files would bring.
With its revival also part of a recent nostalgia wave that has taken over television, resulting in revivals or reboots of everything from Gilmore Girls to Full House, Boy Meets World, and Arrested Development, The X-Files stars David Duchovny (Californication) and Gillian Anderson (The Fall).
You can check out the first key art for season 11 below.