Over the past several months, Fox executives have made no attempt to hide the fact that they are keen to pick up an eleventh season of The X-Files.
During the network’s executive panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, co-CEO and Chairman Dana Walden once again re-iterated their hopes to bring Mulder and Scully back to the network.
Fox’s President of Entertainment David Madden even went on record to state that, contrary to a recent report in the press, “significant talks” are indeed underway with Chris Carter, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson about an eleventh season.
Said talks have been in progress for quite some time and the main sticking point is scheduling. Anderson’s hectic work schedule is major factor, which complicates the timing of a pick-up and the size of the episode order. Fox has been aiming for a 10-13 episode season, but the reality is that, owing to the need to mesh the schedules of Carter, Anderson and Duchovny, an 8 episode eleventh season is more likely.
Walden also confessed that scheduling issues are what caused Fox to order a mere six episode for season ten and, ideally, she would have preferred a bigger season. “We would have liked to do more in the first place, but there were limitations,” she said. “Gillian lives in the UK; David in New York and California; and the show shoots in Vancouver. So it’s about coordinating a time when they can all be in Vancouver.”