Earlier today, Fox unveiled their full lineup for the 2016-2017 TV season, which included 13 brand new shows that will debut throughout the year. There was one show that wasn't mentioned in the network's lineup, The X-Files, which returned this winter, 13 years after the show went off the air. The show hasn't been officially cancelled or renewed quite yet, but during a conference call ahead of their upfront presentation in New York today, Fox chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman teased that a new season is very close to happening, although it may not air as soon as some fans may like.
The new X-Files revival spanned just six episodes, airing on Monday nights in January and February earlier this year in the Monday 8 PM time slot occupied by Gotham. The show fared well in the ratings, especially on VOD, where it was the network's second most-watched program this season, just behind the smash hit Empire. Deadline was on a conference call with Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman, where Dana Walden teased that another season will almost certainly happen.
"We have had conversations with (creator) Chris Carter and (stars) David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show. Hopefully this season we will be able to get it done and that the same time next year (May), we will have something to announce."
Dana Walden later clarified that a new season of The X-Files is being eyed to air sometime during the 2017-2018 season, not the upcoming 2016-2017 season, since the cast and crew are currently scattered around the globe, working on different projects. Dana Walden added that the network's discussion with the cast and creator have revolved around "what kind of episodic order makes sense," which is being driven by the cast's varying schedules which have to be worked out. Gary Newman added that all of the cast and crew want to make new episodes, and the network certainly wants to release another season as well.
The news comes just a few months after series creator Chris Carter said that he was almost positive the show would come back, but he wasn't sure about when that may happen. The event series' finale My Struggle II ended with the fate of the world in the balance, after a deadly plague had spread throughout the globe. Scully was set to distribute a vaccine to save Mulder's life, before a massive alien spaceship appeared above her. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on the fate of Fox's The X-Files as soon as we have more details.