The X-Files WILL re-open for an 11th season

Justin Harp
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Mulder and Scully are getting back to work on a brand new season of The X-Files.

This isn't some underground conspiracy theory from the likes of the Lone Gunmen. Fox finally gave fans the news they'd been hoping for by ordering ten more episodes of The X-Files starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

In addition to bringing back Duchovny and Anderson, The X-Files creator Chris Carter will return as a showrunner and executive producer as well for the 11th season.

"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," Fox president David Madden said today.

"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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A 10-episode order is a huge improvement over season ten, which was given just six episodes total back in 2016. The show's massive ratings success in the US certainly paved the way for an expanded season 11.

Fox has been teasing an announcement about the future of The X-Files for more than a year, with David Madden promising back at the TCAs in January that fans could expect something "soon".

You can safely expect that these new episodes will resolve the season ten cliffhanger where the alien colonists finally arrive on earth after more 20 years of build-up.

Photo credit: Ed Araquel / Fox

X-Files fans' cup certainly runneth over these days. Earlier in April, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson both signed on for a series of audio dramas filling in the events before last year's TV revival.

Audio series The X-Files: Cold Cases will arrive in July via Audible, while we don't yet have a premiere date for the TV comeback.

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