Fox In “Serious Talks” For More “X-Files”

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour today, Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden and Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President David Madden were asked about the huge ratings but mixed critical response to this year’s “The X-Files” limited series revival.

Previously the three principals involved in the show – creator Chris Carter and actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – have all indicated a willingness to return for more provided they stick to the shorter run season format and can work out their scheduling. So what about the network? Madden tells TV Line:

“We would obviously love to do another season. There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard but we’re working hard to get this done… I actually think that the season, the six episodes were strong. We worked hard with Chris on the previous season. The episodes represent Chris and his team’s vision. Everybody reads what they read. If we have the opportunity to do more episodes, we will take our cue from Chris and his team.”

Speaking after the panel, Walden spoke about the scheduling difficulties and critical response:

“There were only six episodes this year. We would have liked to have done more in the first place. It was really the limitations of David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson] and Chris [Carter]’s schedules.

Gillian lives in the U.K., David lives in New York and California and we do the show in Vancouver. Chris lives up north, so it’s just trying to coordinate a time where they all could carve out a period to be in Vancouver.

I think now we have longer to plan. We’re in conversations that potentially we could do more. I don’t imagine it being a full season of The X-Files but I would be really happy if we were able to get eight to ten episodes.

I would just add the show was off the air for a very long time and was introduced to a variety of new viewers through OTT [over the top] platforms [like Netflix and On Demand services]. There was still a lot of time to cover in these six episodes. They had the challenge of filling in the mythology and how they go to where they were at the start of the six.

Going forward, there won’t be the same obligation to reset the series. On our social platforms, the chatter is overwhelmingly positive. The fans want more episodes. I did read some negative reviews and I also read some glowing reviews. Like most shows, I thought it was mixed.”

There is currently no production schedule in place for further episodes so no word on a potential airdate should they go forward.