The show has been given more new episodes following the success of last year's revival
The X-Files will return with 10 new episodes during the 2017-18 broadcast season, Fox has announced.
An event series in 2016 brought back the much-loved show, with the revival proving popular. That run gained the show some new fans as well as pleasing those who remember its origins way back in the 1990s.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will star once again as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with creator and executive producer Chris Carter also involved.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators — these are the hallmarks of great TV shows,” The Hollywood Reporter quotes Fox Broadcasting Company president David Madden as saying.
“And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. 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…”
An unusual bad guy
Last year, only Empire and The Big Bang Theory bettered The X-Files’ viewing figures, in terms of scripted shows.
The sci-fi classic began way back in 1993, telling the story of two FBI agents, Mulder and Scully, who are tucked away in an obscure corner of the FBI to investigated paranormal cases. Mulder believes in all that stuff, while Scully, a doctor, tries to keep his feet on the ground.
Despite their difference of opinion on whether aliens and all manner of other spooky things are real, the two develop a close relationship with a will-they-won’t-they interest. This, along with their tireless attempts to find out if ‘The Truth Is Out There’, kept viewers hooked.
Strangely, for all the well trodden sci-fi themes like government cover-ups of alien contact, one of the most talked about characters in the show’s history was Eugene Tooms, a man who could squeeze himself into small spaces (not the most classic trait of a sci-fi monster).
That being said, Tooms did also stay alive by eating human livers, so it’s fair to say that gave him something of a creepy edge.
New X-Files series was a mystery to the co-stars
News of new episodes was perhaps inevitable given the success of the 2016 run, although an interview Duchovny and Anderson did with Deadline suggested they were far from sure it would happen.
Anderson said she was “getting on with the rest of my life” and “booking other jobs”, while Duchovny, when asked about the possibility of new shows, said: “I don’t know… I’m pausing, and I don’t know why I’m pausing.”
However, Anderson said that “David and I have solidified and intensified our friendship and our working relationship since the series ended” – so the two will doubtless be pleased to be working together again.