The final episode of the six-part revival of The X-Files left fans with a major cliffhanger. And while the fate of David Duchovny‘s Fox Mulder and the entire world may eventually get revealed, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.
Via Entertainment Weekly, Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman told reporters that The X-Files will not be back with new episodes in the 2016-’17 TV season. However, Walden and Newman reiterated that series creator Chris Carter wants to do more episodes. That desire is reportedly shared by stars Gillian Anderson and the aforementioned Duchovny. It’s believed that the busy schedules of both actors prevented an immediate follow up to the miniseries.
According to Warden and Newman, Fox is hoping that a new run of X-Files episodes will be announced at next year’s network upfronts for a potential fall 2017 or spring 2018 premiere. But it’s far too early to make that official.
It has to be said that many fans and critics were not entirely happy with The X-Files revival, and the season finale was particularly unpopular because it left viewers without any real closure. As Carter noted in several interviews, withholding answers and ending on cliffhangers was a staple of the original series. However, modern TV fans don’t have a lot of patience for shows that endlessly drag out their storylines. That may affect the audience reception of the next run of X-Files episodes, assuming that it happens as Fox suggests.
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