The X Files to return with 10 new episodes

The X-Files: David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully
The X-Files: David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully Credit: Frank Ockenfels/Fox

The X-Files will be returning to television for an 11th series, the Fox network has confirmed.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be reprising their roles as FBI Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, with series creator Chris Carter on board as executive producer. Production on the new series is scheduled to begin this summer.

The sci-fi drama series initially ran for nine season between 1993 and 2002. It spawned two feature films, and returned to television in 2016 after a 13 year hiatus with a limited run of six episodes.

Despite receiving something of a critical mauling, the 10th series was a ratings-winner for Fox, averaging 16 million viewers-per-episode in the US.

The next series will be longer, with 10 full-length episodes. Fox has not yet announced a broadcast date.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows, said Fox Broadcasting president David Madden. "And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide.

“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."

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