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The X-Files appear to be closed

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny
Photo: Shane Harvey (Fox)

Fox bears more responsibility than most for broadcast TV’s ongoing revival mania, having initiated the most recent wave of short-term nostalgia programming with 24: Live Another Day and proving its commercial prospects with the highly rated 10th season of The X-Files. But that 11th season? Despite a noted uptick in quality, the ratings didn’t follow, and Gillian Anderson’s stated reluctance to continue on in the role of Dana Scully didn’t bode well for a potential 12th season. Today, in a conference call ahead of his network’s upfront presentation, Fox chairman Gary Newman made that outlook sound a little more bleak. As quoted by TV Live, Newman said “there are no plans to do another season at the moment.”

Following the call, Anderson took to Twitter to elaborate, suggesting that the revived series’ end had something to do with a significant departure:


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