So we didn’t mention it (mostly because we were off busy at No Brand Con), but The X-Files is officially coming back for an eleventh season which is expected to go into production this summer. And while this is expected to air during the 2017-2018 television season, I just find myself asking — is this something that we really want?
Because I’m not sure we do.
The show returned to television last year for a tenth season after being off the air for over a decade, and it was a mixed bag. While it did give us the series singular best episode in my opinion (“Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”), the rest of the season just wasn’t that great. I mean, we start with an episode that’s designed to “simplify” the mythology (which just ends up making it a bigger mess), and end on a cliffhanger that barely makes sense. In the middle there are a mix of forgettable episodes, and one awkward episode that is simultaneously preachy yet always feels like it’s telegraphing an obvious twist that never comes (“Babylon”).
The revival of The X-Files was a ratings success for Fox, and besides two particular episodes was a pretty solid installment for the franchise. I mean, it had some of the show’s best and worst episodes in a six episode season — it was very X-Files-y. With that in mind (and a cliffhanger ending), many have been asking if we were going to get more of the series.
The answer is “almost certainly, but not for a while.”
It’s being reported that Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden has stated that Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are all on board for another season. The only obstacle is just how busy all of them are, so we shouldn’t expect it for at least another year.
This is good news for fans of the show, especially since (as previously mentioned) that revival season ended with a ridiculously dumb cliffhanger ending. Lord knows how they plan on getting themselves out of it, but I look forward to seeing them try.
We’ve known for a bit that Fox has greenlit a six episode revival of The X-Files. What we haven’t known is when exactly this revival would hit the airwaves. Well, now we do.
Fox has announced that the The X-Files will return to television on January 24, 2016.
I’m skeptical about bringing back a series which was such a product of its time, but since series creator Chris Carter is showrunning the show has a shot. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are both back and starring, and Mitch Pileggi will appear as well (although we don’t know for how many episodes).
On this episode we talk about the announced animated Batman movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi taking the reigns of Godzilla 2016, the X-Files limited series being confirmed, Sony’s bizarre desire to make a Robotech film franchise, Gen Con’s reactions to Indiana’s RFRA, and an awesome little convention in DeKalb called Karoshi Con.
And we have a whole bunch of new listener mail to boot!
Over the last few months it’s been rumored that FOX wants to bring back The X-Files. Well it’s now been confirmed that the show will return to airwaves as a limited, six episode series.
Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are both back, with series creator Chris Carter at the helm. Production begins this summer, but it’s unknown when the episodes will actually hit the air.
It’s believed the limited series will focus on stand alone episodes, without dipping heavily into the mythology. They attempted the exact same thing with 2008’s The X-Files: I Want to Believe, and personally I believe it’s a mistake. Those clamoring for more of The X-Files universe are the ones who want to know more about the core mythology. If we wanted to see two people with intense chemistry solve unexplained mysteries… we could just watch more Supernatural.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we visit the DC Carnival of Sadness with news that Supergirl will be a procedural and that Zack Snyder wants a dark, gritty Green Lantern (oh, and there’s some Brainiac stuff in there too). We look forward to Community‘s season 6 premiere date, contemplate the return of The X-Files, and sing for joy at Simon Pegg co-writing the next Star Trek.
Trae also went to Nezumi Con, and talks about his experiences.
According to recent reports, Fox is trying to bring back the X-files. The term “reboot” has been thrown around a lot, but as they’re trying to get Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on board (along with series creator Chris Carter), it seems like the term “revival” is more appropriate.
Think what they did with 24.
Right now everything is preliminary, so nothings been decided yet — but as this is driven by the network, as long as the creative talent is on board, it might actually happen.
I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, frankly. The X-Files came out of the 90s paranoia that doesn’t necessarily feel as right these days. Of course, I’ll still tune in if it happens.