"The X-Files" is coming back to Fox television as the network announced that they will air the 11th season with 10 brand new episodes. The series will return during the 2017-2018 television season with filming taking place over the summer. The original run of the show was for nine seasons before it was canceled. It then returned in 2016 with a brand new season and was popular enough to warrant another season this year. Creator Chris Carter will return as the executive producer and both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are coming back as well.

Mulder and Scully returned to "The X-Files"

One of the biggest reasons that "The X-Files" was originally canceled was because David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson left the series. Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder, was the first to leave and soon Anderson, who played Agent Dana Scully followed. They returned for a movie (the second movie for the series) that tried to tie up the loose ends left in their story by their original departure and that looked like the end of "The X-Files."

However, things changed when "The X-Files" returned to television in 2016. A lot of older shows have returned in recent years and "The X-Files" has been one of the most successful. The 10th season of the show brought in almost 16 million viewers on average and was the second most-watched broadcast drama in 2016.

It also ranked at the top of the most talked-about event television series on Twitter for the year as well.

The 11th season of "The X-Files"

The biggest news for the next season of "The X-Files" is that Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Jillian Anderson are all returning for the series. The downfall of the original series was the departure of the characters fans had grown to love so keeping them involved should keep the interest high for the new season.

The news also indicates that there will be a total of 10 episodes of the 11th season. While the original series was based on the alien invasion storyline, the 10th season took place seven years after "The X-Files: I Want To Believe" continued to look into the existence of extraterrestrials and their relationship with the government.

Interestingly, the best reviewed of that six-episode season were the standalone monster of the week episodes and not the ones building on the mythology of the aliens, so there is a question of what direction the new season of "The X-Files" will take - more myth world building or more monsters.