It is official: Fox is not planning on picking up The X-Files for a 12th season. This should come as a surprise to no one. The ratings this season were not very good (something that could at least partially be attributed to a weak Season 10 and a not-great season premiere with a huge, unsavory retcon). Fans were not happy with how Season 11 ended, and some had arranged a Twitter hashtag campaign to let the series die.
On top of all that, before the season began, Gillian Anderson, who has played Agent Dana Scully throughout the entire run of the series, stated that she was done with The X-Files and the character of Scully. This is completely understandable. She has played the role for 25 years, and appeared in over 200 episodes and two feature films as Scully. Not to mention that Scully was kind of screwed over in the Season 11 finale.
At today's Fox Upfront presentation, Fox CEO Gary Newman stated that the network has no plans to develop a 12th season "at the moment." TV Line posted an article that stated "Fox has no plans for a Season 12 following Gillian Anderson Exit." Not one to take the blame, Gillian responded with this tweet:
Gillian Anderson does not shy away from shade. On March 21, as the Season 11 finale aired, she posted this behind-the-scenes tweet, with the caption "Warm and dry and resigned."
Two days after the finale aired, after hearing a barrage of complaints from fans over Scully's treatment, Gillian posted this:
No wonder Gillian fans call her their queen. Fingers crossed for a tell-all book.
She will next be seen in The Spy Who Dumped Me and is currently filming a new film called The Sunlit Night.