David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will jump back into their most famous roles in another The X-Files event series on Fox.
The iconic show’s 11th season was pretty much assured after last year’s six-episode revival, but schedules had to align. Now the deals are done.
Creator Chris Carter will executive produce the new 10-episode installment, which will shoot this summer to air on Fox in the 2017-2018 season.
The series follows FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate deep conspiracies and unexplained cases for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena.
“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators—these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why ‘The X-Files’ has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said Fox president David Madden said in a release.
“Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of ‘The X-Files.’ ”
Duchovny and Anderson shared their excitement about the new run on Twitter.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) April 21, 2017
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) April 21, 2017
In 2016, “The X-Files” drew an average multi-platform audience of nearly 16 million viewers and was last season’s No. 2 broadcast drama.
“The X-Files” originally premiered in September 1993. In its nine seasons, the show earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award and became an international hit.
Anderson, Duchovny and other cast members also lent their voices to the new “The X-Files: Cold Cases” audio book series. From Audible Studios, these new stories trace the events leading up to last year’s limited series on Fox. The series, out this July, is available for pre-order.