The ‘X-Files’ event series will return to Fox

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The truth is always there. Again.

Fox has ordered a new 10-episode revival of “The X-Files,” the classic sci-fi TV drama that returned to the network’s airwaves with a limited run last year. The new installments – billed as a continuation of the 10-episode series from 2016, will air during the 2017-18 TV season. The production will once again reunite original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson with series creator and showrunner Chris Carter, and is expected to begin production this summer.

“The X-Files” tells the story of Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson), paranormal investigators for the FBI.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And these are some of the reasons ‘The X-Files’ has had such an impact on millions of fans around the world. around the world,” said David Madden, President of Fox Broadcasting Company. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continues to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what new mysteries Mulder and Scully will uncover in this next chapter of ‘The X-Files’. ”

The 2016 limited-series revival of “The X-Files” averaged a cross-platform audience of 16 million viewers, according to Fox. It also earned an average rating of 4.8 in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-seven, making it the season’s fifth highest-rated aired series.

“The X-Files” premiered on Fox in 1993. It became one of the definitive programs of the network’s early years, winning 16 Primetime Emmy Awards during its first nine-season run.

Fox in recent years has leaned heavily on revivals of past hit shows, bringing back “X-Files” and “Prison Break,” which is currently in the middle of a nine-episode run, as well as “24: Legacy.” earlier this season.

The 2016 revival of “X-Files” received mixed reviews from critics. In his review for VarietyBrian Lowry wrote, “While the performers have aged in only the most flattering way and Fox has exploited the buildup for all it’s worth, it feels like everyone is going through the motions, despite the show’s durability. vanity central to distrust of authority and the prospect of shadowy conspiracies reaching the highest levels of government and business.

Fox also dropped a teaser for the new “X-Files” on Thursday:

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