The X-Files may be coming back.
At the beginning of the year, Fox aired a six-episode revival series with original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as Mulder and Scully, respectively. Fox made it known during the executive session at Monday’s Television Critics Association press day that it’s not done just yet.
“We would obviously love to do another season,” David Madden, Fox Entertainment President, told reporters. “There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard, but we’re working hard to get this done and we would love to get another season out.”
Madden defended the mixed reaction from fans and critics on the creative direction for the most recent 10th season, which launched to 16.2 million viewers following the NFL’s NFC Championship game.
“I actually think that the six episodes were strong,” he said. “We worked hard with [creator] Chris [Carter] on the previous season. The episodes represent Chris and his team’s vision. Everybody reads what they read, but we have the opportunity to do more episodes and we’ll take our cue from Chris and his team, and I think there was some very strong work on the previous season and I look forward to more.”
Dana Walden, Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, further elaborated on the critiques some have expressed over the six episodes, pointing to the 14-year gap between season nine and the most recent run.
“The show was off the air for a very long time and was introduced to a variety of new viewers through a variety of platforms. Notwithstanding that, there was still a lot of time to cover in the six episodes, so they had the challenge of filling in the mythology and explaining where the characters were and how they got to where they are at the start of the six episodes,” she said.
“I think going forward there won’t be the same obligation to reset the series,” Walden added. “But I would tell you that on the social platforms, the chatter is overwhelmingly positive and the fans want more episodes. I did read some negative reviews and I also saw some glowing reviews. Like with most shows, I thought it was very mixed.”
In January, Duchovny and Anderson waxed nostalgic on returning to The X-Files universe.
"It was nostalgic," Duchovny told ET at the time. "It was just seeing the, just the names on the page again, you know?"
"I'm excited [we're giving fans] a mix of the kinds of episodes that we used to do," Anderson said. "There's monster of the week and there's mythology, and there's comedic, and it's nice that we have enough time to give an assortment. I think there's something for everybody.”