While they're not ready to announce a new season, FOX is still certainly planning for more installments of "The X-Files" in the future.
After star Gillian Anderson revealed in June that the network has yet to approach her about more episodes, David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, says, "There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard, but we would love to get that done."
While it's unclear exactly how far along in discussions FOX is with creator Chris Carter, Anderson and her co-star David Duchovny, one big question is how many episodes a Season 11 would entail -- especially given that Season 10 only ran for six episodes.
"We would have liked to have done more in the first place ... I think now we have longer to plan, we're in conversations that potentially we could do more," Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden tells Zap2it. "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 10, 8 to 10 episodes."
While Season 10's six episodes was certainly a point of displeasure for many fans, it was far from the only issue with "The X-Files'" return. The most glaring flaw in Season 10 was "The X-Files" simply couldn't figure out what it wanted to be.
Starting with the Season 10 premiere, the show essentially unraveled its own mythology, warping the long-running alien invasion story into a tale of government corruption and warfare. That in and of itself left many questions to answer. Unfortunately, the series didn't really follow those threads until the season finale.
Instead, Carter and his team of writers attempted to accomplish a variety of different types of "X-Files" episodes -- from monster-of-the-week ("Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster") to dealing with religion and faith-based issues ("Babylon").
In a full season of TV, these episodes of "The X-Files" would have likely been welcome with open arms -- or at least accepted by fans, as the quality was hit or miss. However, when there are only six episodes to tell a story the size of the "X-Files" mythology, burning off four of them to tell standalone stories was a big mistake.
A six-episode season of the show could absolutely work if it were more focused. Instead, the show tried to do too much at once, with very little of it sticking.
The ratings for the revival were great, so it's no surprise FOX wants another season. When it comes time for Carter to start writing though, he needs to take a moment to reassess the positives and negatives of last season and realize that a scattershot of episodes is not the way to do things, especially when you are dealing with so few installments.
That's an issue that isn't going to change should FOX be able to convince Carter and the rest of the crew to do eight or 10 episodes. When you're dealing with a limited-run series, there should be no higher priority than a well-written, focused story.
Well ... and aliens. This is "The X-Files," after all.
Additional reporting by Andrea Reiher