The X-Files to return with another 10-episode run starring originals David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

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It’s finally been confirmed that The X-Files will be returning to TV screens once more.

Fox has ordered a new 10-episode revival of the classic television sci-fi drama that returned to the network’s air with a limited series last year.

The new installments – billed as a continuation of the six episode 2016 run – will premiere during the 2017-18 television season.

The production will again reunite original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson with series creator and showrunner Chris Carter, and is slated to begin production this summer.

The X-Files tells the story of Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson), paranormal investigators for the FBI.

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Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Fox's "The X-Files" held at California Science Center
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Fox’s “The X-Files” held at California Science Center
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“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide,” said the President of Fox.

“Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”

The 2016 limited-series revival of The X-Files averaged a multiplatform audience of 16 million viewers, according to Fox.

It also averaged a 4.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-seven numbers, making it the fifth highest-rated broadcast series of the season.

THE X-FILES: Mitch Pileggi, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and William B. Davis
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David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in X-Files
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in X-Files
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The X-Files premiered on Fox in 1993. It became one of the definitive programs of the network’s early years, earning 16 Primetime Emmy Awards over its initial nine-season run.

Fox in recent years has leaned heavily into revivals of successful past series, bringing back X-Files and Prison Break, which is currently in the middle of a nine-episode run, as well as 24: Legacy earlier this season.

Joel McHale, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny inn The X-Files
Joel McHale, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny inn The X-Files
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Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files
Investigating duo: Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder in The X-Files
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The 2016 X-Files revival received a lukewarm reception from critics.

Variety’s Brian Lowry wrote: “While the performers have aged in only the most flattering of ways, and Fox has milked the build-up for all it’s worth, there’s a feeling that everyone is just going through the motions, despite the durability of the show’s central conceit about distrusting authority and the prospect of shadowy conspiracies reaching into the highest levels of government and business.”

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