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The X Files renewed for new 10-episode series to air later this year

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 21/04/2017 Jennifer ruby
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The X Files is set to return for another 10 episodes following the success of last year’s comeback.

Fox has commissioned a brand new series of the sci-fi drama, with both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their roles as FBI agents Mulder and Scully.

The forthcoming ‘event series’ is expected to start shooting in just a few months and will be broadcast later this year.

“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,” said Fox president David Madden.


“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.”

Anderson confirmed the news on her Twitter account on Thursday evening, writing: “You ready for more of this @davidduchovny? #TheXFiles.”

Duchovny replied to say: “Oh yes, Been ready since '93.”

The hit US show originally ran from 1993-2002, while film spin-offs were released in 1998 and 2008.

The X Files was revived in 2016 for a six-episode run and proved extremely popular with fans, drawing in high viewing figures for the network.

Producers recently announced that Duchovny and Anderson would be reuniting for an audiobook entitled The X Files: Cold Cases, overseen by showrunner Chris Carter.

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