This week, the U.S. TV networks are presenting at the Upfronts, announcing their schedules for next season for TV viewers, but more importantly, TV advertisers. Now, you’d expect that a network would include one of the biggest hits of the season on their new schedule, but in this instance the hit we’re talking about is The X-Files. The return of X-Files was Fox‘s second biggest hit behind Empire this year, yet it was conspicuous by its absent from the schedule for next season (instead Prison Break gets the comeback slot). Don’t be conerned though, says Fox executives. The only think holding up more X-Files is the logistics of its stars and creators.
As reported by Deadline, a conference call with journalists yesterday offered some hope for X-Philes. “We have had conversations with (creator) Chris Carter and (stars) David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson,” said Fox TV Group co-chair Dana Walden. “I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show.”
“Conversations are ongoing. I can tell you that all of them would like to do more of these, and certainly the network and studio want to do more,” added co-chair Gary Newman.
The difficulty, of course, is that both Duchovny and Anderson have other shows, and Anderson is based now out of England too, hence the geographic issues. The six-episode miniseries that premiered last January came together in about a year: announced in January 2015, shot in Vancouver in the spring/summer 2015, and airing on Fox this past January and February. The limited six episode number was owing to the limited schedule of both Duchovny and Anderson.
Newman said that going forward, discussions with Carter, Duchovny and Anderson have included talks about “what kind of episodic order makes sense. Some of that is driven by schedules.” According to Walden, those talks will occupy the next several months and “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.”
Fans were split on the quality of the new episodes, but there’s still undeniable interest in seeing the further adventures of Mulder and Scully, especially since the miniseries ended on a bloody cliffhanger were the fate of the world was literally at stake! If The X-Files leaves the apocalypse unresolved it will likely tick off fans worse than the original series finale did in 2002.
We’ll have more X-Files news as it becomes available.
Source: Bloody Disgusting