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The X-Files to return for 10-episode 11th series

The X-Files: Babylon

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the success of its six-episode event series last year, The X-Files is officially returning for a 10-episode 11th season.

Fox announced on Thursday that it has ordered a second chapter of The X-Files ‘event series’, which will air during the 2017-18 television season.

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have both been confirmed to appear in the new season, which will be helmed by the series creator and original executive producer, Chris Carter.

The X-Files follows FBI special agents the earnest Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and sceptic Dana Scully (Anderson) as they investigate paranormal phenomena and unsolved mysteries.

The event series proved to be a hit-and-miss return for critics, many of whom lauded stand-alone episodes by former writers such as Darin Morgan (see Mulder & Scully Meet The Were-Monster, but who rallied against episodes that were written and directed by Carter himself (see our verdict on the episode called Babylon).

The final episode of the revival, My Struggle: Part II, also left many frustrated due to its cliff-hanger nature, given that no further episodes had been guaranteed at that point.

But the show did prove a hit with fans, who turned back on in droves. Indeed, The X-Files is Fox’s most successful revival in the US, out-performing shows such as 24: Legacy and Prison Break.

Production on the 11th season of The X-Files is therefore set to begin during the US summer. An air date was not announced by Fox.

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