‘The X-Files’ Will Likely Continue in 2018, Per Reports

If you thought an apparent alien abduction & deadly pathogen was the end of Mulder and Scully, think again: FOX is reportedly very close to announcing additional episodes of The X-Files for next year.

As you’ll recall, The X-Files returned after more than a 13 year hiatus in 2016 for six episodes—the conclusion of which left series stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in a crazy cliffhanger that almost demanded a resolution. EW reports that FOX would like The X-Files season 11 to be longer than the abbreviated six-episode 10th-season run; though, a full 22-episode order is not anticipated.

Speaking the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday, FOX president David Madden that the schedules of Anderson & Duchovny have made getting the deal for an 11th season of The X-Files in place “complex”, the network is expected to have an announcement “shortly”. Although not finalized, an announcement of any kind is typically positive in these situations.

FOX’s desire to renew The X-Files for an 11th season should come as no surprise: the sci-fi thriller was one of the network’s highest-rated “non-returning” shows of all of 2016.

Madden told reporters at the TCA event that he expects The X-Files season 11 to debut in 2018.