“X-Files” Ends As “Prison” & “Orville” Return

The Television Critics Association winter press tour got underway today with FOX the first network off the cab rank.

First up, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden responded to “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter’s comments yesterday in which he said he can’t see continuing the recently revived series without star Gillian Anderson who said the new season is her last.

Walden said today: “It seems like if those are the circumstances, there won’t be more X-Files.” The original show lost David Duchovny in its initial run but continued on anyway, that won’t be happening here.

The comments come as the show returned last night to an overnight rating of 1.4 and 5.2 million total viewers. That’s a massive drop on the 6.2 rating and 16.2 million total viewers who tuned in for last year’s premiere of the first season of the revival and lower than any of the six episodes of last year’s run (which bottomed out at a 2.1 rating).

Speaking of revivals, Fox Broadcasting Company President of Entertainment Michael Thorn says talks have begun with the creators of “Prison Break” about a further season: “We are developing a new iteration of Prison Break. It’s very early stages of development.”

Also at the panel, Seth MacFarlane says the confirmed second season of his sci-fi series “The Orville” is “going to be at least” fourteen episodes, up from the twelve of the first. The plan is also to lean on a heavier science fiction tone and pulling back a bit on comedy to broaden the appeal.

MacFarlane confirmed there’s no intention to do a full twenty-two episode season, saying: “I’d rather do fewer episodes and have them be better content-wise than do 22 and have them be filler.”

Finally the network has announced that the seventh and final season of “New Girl” will premiere Tuesday, April 10th with the eight episode run to wrap with a one-hour finale on May 15th.

Source: TV Line