THE X-FILES Season 11 Will Include 2 Mythology and 8 Standalone Episodes
Some new details have surfaced for the highly anticipated eleventh season of The X-Files. The next season will consist of ten episodes and if you're curious to know what those episodes will consist of, we have some new details to share with you.
During the Television Critics Association event, David Madden, President of Fox Broadcasting, revealed that there will only be two mythology episodes this season.
“It’s going to be similar. The first episode will be a mythology episode, but much simpler than last season’s because we have less to catch up on. There will be eight stand-alones.”
The mythology episodes follow the ongoing story thread that revolves around Agent Mulder (David Duchovny) and Agent Scully (Gillian Anderson). The standalone episodes focus on individual cases and stories that they take on as the mythology continues to play out. Madden added that the middle episodes could also touch on the mythology but would really only be standalone stories.
There were also only two Mythology episodes in Season 10, which consisted of only six episodes. Chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden talked about the previous season and the harsh criticism it received. You won't find me complaining about it. I loved Season 10!
“It’s hard because I don’t want to say they were disappointing because we have a lot of positive feedback as well, clearly 15-plus million viewers an episode. I think Chris [Carter] is really excited about a new round of episodes. There was certainly no reason for him to have to do it. He’s wildly successful. It wasn’t about the money. He had a real hunger and enthusiasm to do future episodes. Everyone’s seen the first script and it’s excellent, so I think it’s a very good starting place for the show and we’re excited about the next season."
I'm excited that Carter wants to continue to play with these characters! I hope he doesn't stop and keeps going as long as there are good stories to tell. Walden also addressed the diversity of the team working on the series explaining:
“Chris has assigned two women episodes. Two of the 10 episodes will be written by women. We do have two female directors and half of our directors are diverse. I think Chris is making moves in the right direction. I don’t want to make excuses for anyone. I just want to explain after 200-plus episodes of a show with a very specific mythology, the tendency is to want to rely on the people who helped you on the original when you’re just doing 10 episodes. The crew with Chris for a very long time happened to be a group of male writers. That’s not an excuse. It’s only to explain how we ended up in that situation at the very beginning of this process."
She went on to say that these writers were all hired before the big controversy of having no women writers on the series hit. Personally, I don't care who's working on the series as long as its the right talent that is going to bring us the best X-Files episodes possible.
The X-Files returns to Fox in 2018.