Fans were a bit mixed on the quality of the recent X-Files revival miniseries, but one thing’s for certain — the ratings were actually pretty good. So Fox is keen to keep the series alive for at least another year.
Fox Entertainment President David Madden told Entertainment Weekly the network is actively working to bring the show back, noting they’d like to get a 10-episode order for the next go-round (up from six episodes last season). Considering they ended the miniseries on a fairly epic cliffhanger, you’d have to think everyone involved would be keen to get it rolling.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard but we’re working hard to get this done and we would love to get [another] season out.”
Madden also touched on the perceived quality of the six-episode season, which included a few excellent moments (see: most of "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster") but proved largely uneven across the board (pretty much every other episode). He said the network is aware of the mixed reaction, but noted they are proud of what creator Chris Carter produced and stand by the product:
“The episodes represent Chris and his team’s vision. Everybody reads what they read, but if we have the opportunity to do more episodes, we will take our cue from Chris and his team and I think that there was some very strong work the previous season and we look forward to more. I would just add that the show was off the air for a very long time and was introduced to a variety of new viewers.
There was still a lot of time to cover in these six episodes so they had the challenge of filling in the mythology and explaining where the characters were and how they got to where they are at the start of the six episodes. I think going forward there won’t be the same obligation to reset the series, but I will tell you that on our social platforms, the chatter is overwhelmingly positive and the fans want more episodes. I did read some negative reviews and I also saw some glowing reviews. So, like with most shows, I thought it was very mixed.”
The network is still working to lock everyone in to return, but with Madden talking this openly about the network’s push for a renewal, we’ll probably hear something sooner rather than later.
What do you think? Would you like to see another run of The X-Files?
(Via Entertainment Weekly)