‘The X-Files’ will be back when it’s convenient for everyone, possibly in 2017-18
The heads of FOX on Monday repeated what they’ve been saying ever since “The X-Files” returned to strong ratings for its limited run this season: When everyone who makes the show can come together again, they’ll have a place on the schedule.
“We’ve had conversations with [creator] Chris Carter and David [Duchovny and Gillian [Anderson], and I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show,” FOX chairman and CEO Dana Walden told reporters on a conference call. “Right now, as I think we’ve talked about, it’s a little bit difficult. The three of them are working in different places around the world. It’s trying to coordinate schedules.”
The six episodes of “The X-Files” averaged a 3.2 same-day rating in adults 18-49 in the winter (and a still-solid 2.6 if the post-football premiere is excluded). That’s higher than any regular FOX series not named “Empire” this season. So, yes, FOX is on board for more.
Walden’s fellow chairman and CEO, Gary Newman, says talks with Carter, Anderson and Duchovny have gone past the initial “hey, we should do more” stage, but an announcement of the show’s return isn’t imminent.
“We’ve had conversations with all of them that have included discussions of what kind of episodic order makes sense,” Newman says. “Some of that will be driven by their schedules and how much time they have, but conversations are ongoing. I can tell you that Chris and David and Gillian all would like to do more of these, and certainly the network and the studio would love to do more. … It shouldn’t be anything you anticipate before the ’17-’18 season.”