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Sunday, November 20, 2016

X-Files Season 11: Everything We Know

Fox is still confident it can secure The X-Files season 11 for a longer episode run. Here's everything we know so far.

Even before The X-Files returned in January to strong ratings, the narrative over at Fox seemed to be that Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, and David Duchovny had a greenlight for more episodes or another “event series” if they wanted it.

When the reception to the six-episode run was lukewarm, with nearly universal distaste for the mythology episodes and universal praise for Darin Morgan’s Were-monster of the week, Fox insisted that when the scheduling was right, they’d pick up where the cliffhanger left X-Files fans wondering if the truth was ever really out there to begin with.

Here's what we know about a potential X-Files season 11...

X-Files Season 11 News: Fox's Stance

Speaking at TCAs, Dana Walden, CEO of the Fox Television Group, told reporters that a potential X-Files season 11 would likely have a longer episode run. While everyone from Carter to his stars have signled that they’d like to return to continue making X-Files, Walden has given us the most concrete evidence yet that plans are in place to resume production.

“We’re in conversations that intentionally we could do more,” she said according to TVLine. “I don’t imagine it being a full season of The X-Files, but I would be really happy if we were able to get eight to 10 episodes.”

The issue, of course, is finding time to fit eight episodes into Anderson and Duchovny busy work and travel schedules.

“We would have liked to have done more [episodes] in the first place,” Walden said. “It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris’ schedules. Gillian lives in the UK, David lives in New York and California, and we do the show in Vancouver. Chris lives up north. So it was just trying to coordinate a time where they all carve out a period to be in Vancouver.”

While Fox execs appear to be publicly oblivious to the perceived quality of The X-Files six-episode event series, they may have the confidence to give Carter a larger canvas to work with if the series is to continue.

X-Files Season 11 Cast:

No cast is confirmed yet, but reports out of TCAs indicate that Fox is in "significant talks" with Carter, Anderson, and Duchovny. In numerous interviews, all three parties have made it clear that they are interested in telling more X-Files stories. The hang up is sorting out their busy schedules. Anderson is currently filming her role in Starz' American Gods series. Duchovny should have some time freed up after his NBC series Aquarius was cancelled after two seasons.

While fans remain hungry for any trace of evidence that another season is coming, Duchovny had some fun with fans over the summer, sending shippers hearts fluttering.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chris Carter on That ‘X-Files’ Season 10 Cliffhanger, and What Comes Next

Trying to extract any secrets out of the creator of “The X-Files” is a fool’s game. But at the same time, it’s always a pleasure to hear Chris Carter reflect on the show that changed the game for network television in the 1990s.

Nominated for 21 Emmys over the course of its original run, the sci-fi drama made international stars out of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, and broke ground in how genre could mix comedy with drama over 22 episodes a season.

And when the show returned to Fox this spring for a six-episode limited run, Carter took pride in the fact that “We could’ve made this an exercise in nostalgia, and we didn’t.”

The production process of Season 10, as Carter revealed below, had its benefits — like the extra time necessary to work on the visual effects — but also its complications,  including a late-stage decision to change the airdate order for episodes. There’s also the fact that despite no guarantee of a Season 11, Carter went ahead and ended the final episode on a massive cliffhanger… one, he says, he’s hoping to resolve someday.

But why’d he do it in the first place? Read on.

In your head, did you always have the idea of ending the season on a cliffhanger?

Yeah, we had done that traditionally on the show, and so in keeping with tradition, yes.

It’s a tradition that comes from a time when you definitely had new seasons locked in place — was there ever a part of your thinking that was like, “What if there isn’t another season?”

That’s just me being devious. What it does, for me, is provide the opportunity to promote more “X-Files” episodes, which I think everyone would like — including me, the studio, the network, and the fans.

Talk about how you had the whole thing pretty much produced before it ever hit the air.

That was a luxury, and it actually had an additional effect, which was that the special effects were able to be perfected before we ever aired, which was never the case when we were doing the original series, when we had to work as long and as hard as we could for the money that we had and give people our best efforts.

How did that change your experience with watching the audience react to the season?

I had an experience that I was never granted previously, which was because we were working on such a tight schedule previously, you always watched the episode basically — even though you’d seen it in editorial, you watched it with everyone else and you watched it on TV. In this case, we premiered the episode in Cannes [at MIPCOM], and we were able to premiere it in Los Angeles for a crowd on a big screen. So I had the experience of watching it with a theater audience, that I was never able to have when we were doing the show originally.

What did that mean to you?

It’s a funny thing, because I’m really talking about a big screen experience. And the images hold up, which was exciting. But I never have a pure viewing experience during those previews, because I’m really watching it through everyone else’s eyes. I’m wondering if the show is lagging a bit, if people are laughing where they’re supposed to, if they’re jumping where they’re supposed to, if we’ve got them hooked.

So you’ve never felt like you’ve had a pure viewing experience when it comes to the show?

No, I don’t. It’s an anxious experience for me, because I’m more aware of the audience than what’s onscreen, which I’ve seen so many times.

Where do things stand right now in terms of your thinking, about what comes next?

As I’ve always done, I continue to collect ideas — thinking about how I would get us off that cliff that we hung people on, including the characters. I think about when it would be done, I think about who I would like to do it with, I think about the prospects of it having any life beyond this rather unexpected life that it’s had. You know, I’ve been working on this show for almost 25 years. A year before anyone else worked on it. So, it’s kind of running through my veins.

I know things are still very much in the works for the next season. But if/when there is one — do you know if you would be bringing in new writers this time, or would you still go back to the people you worked with in the original series?

I would love to reassemble the team that we did on this series of six. That said, they may want more than six, which opens the door to bringing in additional writers. But I think the combined talents of the people who contributed to this six were people who had a deep knowledge of the show, which is very hard to replicate. And I would continue to draw on that cast of writers who had worked on the show before. That’s not to say there couldn’t be new writers, but these people aren’t just appearing quite so readily.

Looking back on the season, what are you most proud of?

The quality of the show, one of the hallmarks of the show is the dependable, good quality of the storytelling, of the acting, of the production values. All those things were exciting for me that we were able to bring them back, and that’s really a product of using people who had made the show before: production designers, cinematographers, we had the same casting people that we’ve had since nearly the beginning. Those were exciting things for me. Also that we could’ve made this an exercise in nostalgia, and we didn’t. We forged new ground, we told new daring stories, we didn’t just fall back on sequels, which would be quite easy to do. I think we made it a fresh experience, and that was exciting for me.

I know that the production order got mixed up in the actual airing. Can you talk about what happened there?

We decided that what was going to air as Episode 2, no matter episode aired there, was going to have a burden to bear, because we began with a mythology episode, which ended on a kind of cliffhanger. So the next one was always going to be stand-alone episode that was going to make people say, “What happened to the previous story?” which was only going to continue in Episode 6. So we felt that the episode that aired there actually had elements of the mythology incorporated into it that made the storytelling and the arc seem more natural and integrated.

That said, continuity-wise, you can tell from episode to episode that the office is in different conditions, that sort of thing. Is it awkward to look back at those elements?

You know, you deal a hand and you have the cards that you draw from the deck. And so I think that this is us shuffling our cards and playing our best hand.

What can we look forward to in Season 11?

I’m excited to see big shapes start to develop. I hope they give me a lot more time to try and write it, but it’s usually the case where you’re always in a rush. It’s a feature of series television.

Just over a year ago, this seemed impossible, and here we are watching it.

Yeah, I know, I feel the same way!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The X-Files Update: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Chris Carter 'On Board' For Season 11, Per Fox CEO

You better believe The X-Files will be back.

During a conference call with reporters to tout Fox’s 2016-17 schedule, chairman and CEO Dana Walden confirmed that there have been “conversations” with series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, adding, “I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show.” Walden conceded that there will be some scheduling hurdles to overcome, but, “Hopefully, this time next year we will have more news.” (Translation: Don’t expect Season 11 until the 2017-18 TV season at the earliest.)

Despite that polarizing finale, a whopping 83 percent of respondents urged Fox to renew the series in TVLine’s annual “Keep or Cut” poll.

Series creator Chris Carter expressed confidence back in February that additional episodes were out there. “I can’t imagine, with the ratings that we’ve got and the way we ended this season, that there won’t be more X-Files,” he said. “They will find a way to get that done. Because I spoke about it briefly with [Fox CEO] Dana Walden… so there’s an appetite there and… a chance certainly to find how we’re gonna get ourselves off this precipice.”