Videos/Pics from David Duchovny’s acoustic set at The Imperial in Vancouver 10/14/17.
WARNING: WE ARE KEEPING OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS SPOILER FREE. DO NOT READ IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN UNSPOILED FOR SEASON 11
For a show about experiences that can’t be quantified, The X-Files isn’t lacking numbers: 208 (episodes), two (movies), one (Speedo). But the most significant might be 10 — as in, the 10 new episodes now filming in Vancouver. After ratings for 2016’s six-episode revival soared to UFO-worthy heights, the sci-fi drama will return in early 2018, reuniting David Duchovny’s believer and Gillian Anderson’s skeptic for another run of out-there cases. Along with a first look at the new episodes, series creator Chris Carter gave EW classified intel on what to expect from the 11th season.
Mulder and Scully are swapping places
Viewers last saw Scully, immune to the alien virus sweeping the planet, on a gridlocked bridge trying to cure Mulder before it was too late. So what’s with this photo of Scully in the hospital — and Mulder looking healthy as ever? “Obviously something unexpected has happened,” Carter says wryly. But the showrunner promises he planned this reversal long before crafting that cliff-hanger: “Everything is by design.”
In Carter’s own words: “Shippers were heard”
After getting the professional side of their relationship back on track in season 10, Mulder and Scully will be drawn even closer together this year. Carter says fans rooting for the formerly estranged duo to fully patch things up “have something to look forward to.” But the partners are in for an intense journey; the pain of Scully’s decision to give up William (the son she shares with Mulder) for adoption 15 years ago still hangs over both agents. “William has been an absent center,” Carter says. “He will come to the fore.”
It’s not all heavy (but some of it is)
With more monster-of-the-week episodes this season (eight, in all), fans can expect season 11 to be united in theme but varied in tone. After episode one delves into the Cigarette Smoking Man’s (William B. Davis) backstory and apparent family ties to Mulder, the second hour opens with a time jump to put distance between Mulder and Scully and the events of the premiere. And episode three is a darkly comedic hour, penned by Carter, focusing on doubles and doppelgängers. But beyond the humor, the larger mythology of The X-Files — like the fallout from Scully’s abduction and the chip that was implanted in her neck — continues to shape Mulder and Scully’s world.
The conspiracy is getting crowded
A powerful figure played by Barbara Hershey emerges in this season’s story, though the showrunner says any resemblance between her red hair and Scully’s is purely coincidental. “It was a thrill to work with her,” Carter says. He also teases the addition of a so-called Mr. Y — and some characters who only appear to be new. Season 11 will also explore the motive behind one of the biggest shockers of last season: loyal ally Agent Reyes (Annabeth Gish) confessing that she’s in league with the Cigarette Smoking Man. And the showrunner says we’ll get a new angle on Mulder and Scully’s long-suffering boss, Assistant Director Skinner (Mitch Pileggi). “Familiar alliances are rattled,” Carter says.
After all this time, Mulder and Scully can still trust no one.
Looks like David’s next novel –Miss Subways is set to release in May of 2018.
Inspired by W.B. Yeats’s play, The Only Jealousy of Emer, New York Times bestselling author David Duchovny reimagines the Irish mythological figure of Emer in Miss Subways, a darkly comic fantasy love story set in New York City.
Emer is just a girl living in New York City who takes the subway, buys ice cream from the bodega on the corner, has writerly aspirations, and lives with her boyfriend, Con. But is this life she lives the only path she’s on? Taking inspiration from the myth of Emer and Cuchulain, loosely based on W. B. Yeats’s play The Only Jealousy of Emer, and featuring an all-star cast of mythical figures from all over the world, David Duchovny’s darkly funny fantasy novel Miss Subways is one woman’s trippy, mystical journey down parallel tracks of time and love. On the way, Emer will battle natural and supernatural forces to find her true voice, power, and destiny. A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that enchants us all: New York.
Great news for X-files fans that will be attending New York Comic Con this year! Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi will premiere an exclusive first look of Season 11 at NYCC.
From NYCC website
When: NYCC October 08, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T
Following the explosive events of 2016’s stunning finale, Chris Carter, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, and Mitch Pileggi will delight fans when they premiere an exclusive first look of the new 10-episode event series coming January 2018 to FOX!
The Main Stage 1-D Presented by AT&T is cleared between Panels. For full details on how to reserve a seat in a panel on the Main Stage, click here: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Content/Main-Stage-Clearing/.
David Duchovny just announced he will be donating all ticket an merch proceeds from his upcoming Vancouver concert to Hurricane Harvey Relief. Tickets are going fast and can be purchased here
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) September 4, 2017
Looking forward to this concert!
If you’re trying to stay spoiler-free for The-X-files Season 11 don’t worry– These BTS pics are safe. For those that aren’t staying spoiler-free, there are a lot of photos floating around the internets from outside. At some point we will make a spoiler-alert post with everything we’ve seen online so far.
Thanks to Mitch Pileggi for sharing. We can’t wait to see what Skinner is up to in S11.
We have chairs for our favorite trio – Scully, Mulder & Skinner
— Mitch Pileggi (@MitchPileggi1) August 19, 2017
And we have Brick along with some human legs and feet.. It appears (spoiler alert!!) the chairs are being sat in..
David's Brick surveying the XF landscape. pic.twitter.com/VaTUXfYh4V
— Mitch Pileggi (@MitchPileggi1) August 19, 2017
Excited yet Philes? We are.
We learned two new pieces of information today about who will be joining Mulder, Scully and Skinner in Season 11. The first was confirmation Agents Miller and Einstein will be returning. The second was the addition of actress Barbara Hershey–who will be playing a new character in the series.
The X-Files is bringing back Mulder and Scully 2.0 for Season 11.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Robbie Amell (The Flash) and Lauren Ambrose(Six Feet Under) have signed on to reprise their roles as Agents Miller and Einstein in the series’ latest revival (set to bow on Fox in early 2018). It remains unclear how many of Season 11’s 10 episodes they will appear in.
The pair made their X-Files debut in last year’s six-episode revival as FBI special agents who bore more than a passing resemblance to David Duchovny’s Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Scully. (Amell’s Miller was open to nontraditional ideas and explanations, while Ambrose’s Agent Einstein — a redheaded doctor who chose to make her career in the Bureau — was far more interested in solving mysteries by using clear-cut, irrefutable science.)
There was buzz that Fox and series creator Chris Carter briefly toyed with (but ultimately jettisoned) the idea of launching an X-Files spinoff centered on Miller and Einstein, something Carter neither confirmed not denied. For her part, Ambrose sidestepped the spinoff chatter when we spoke to her last year. “All I know is it was a great place to work and I would love to do more,” she said at the time. “I love working with Chris and David and Gillian. They’re all amazing, talented people… and I would like nothing more than to do more.”
by Nellie Andreeva
August 14, 2017 2:37pm
Barbara Hershey has been tapped for a recurring role on the 10-episode eleventh season of the Fox sci-fi drama The X-Files and second as an event series, following last season’s six-season revival.
Oscar-nominated Hershey will play Erika Price, a powerful figure who represents a mysterious organization. She joins returning stars David Duhovny and Gillian Anderson and co-star Mitch Pileggi.
Hershey recently co-starred on the A&E drama series Damien and has been recurring on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Her feature credits include the Insidious franchise andBlack Swan. Hershey is repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Impression Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.
Fox at TCA: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Adds Female Writers
Marisa Roffman August 08, 2017 3:08 pm
The X-Files has added two female writers to its Season 11 staff.
In the aftermath of controversy over creator Chris Carter’s writing team for the series being solely male, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden told reporters during a Television Critics Association summer press tour session on Tuesday that there are actually a number of women penning scripts for the upcoming season.
“Chris has assigned two women episodes [to do]—two of the 10 episodes will be written by women,” Walden said. (Per the show’s studio 20th Century Fox Television, there are actually three female writers: “Karen Nielson will write one episode and Kristen Cloke and Shannon Hamblin will be writing another episode based on a story by Glen Morgan.”) “We do have two female directors. I think Chris is making moves in the right direction.”
“I don’t want to make any excuses for anyone, I just want to explain,” Walden continued. “After 200-plus episodes of a show that has a very specific mythology, where the fan base has a very high expectation that the episodes are going to deliver, that there are going to be Easter eggs…the tendency is to want to rely on the people who helped you make the original when you’re just making 10 episodes. The group that was with Chris for a very long time just happened to be male writers.”
Walden also noted that per her understanding, the hiring of the women wasn’t in reaction to the news; they were hired prior to the all-male writers’ room news breaking.
The new season—which will have 10 episodes, compared to the six hours in Season 10—will be book-ended by episodes that dive into the series’ complex mythology. “The first episode will be mythology…there will be eight, more or less, standalone stories, and then the tenth episode will be [mythology],” Fox Broadcasting Company President David Madden said. “We will touch on the mythology a little bit in the eight, but they will be standalone episodes.”
And though production has just started on Season 11, Walden raved about the quality of the script of the opening hour after the panel. “I think Chris is really excited…there’s certainly no reason he had to do this,” she said. “He’s wildly successful, and it wasn’t about the money…everyone has seen the first script and it’s excellent. It’s a really good starting place for the show.”
Fox has taken the hint: The X-Files is going to largely avoid its wildly complex mythology episodes next season.
The return of the sci-fi hit for the 2018 season contains 10 episodes, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson back on board. A full of eight of them will be stand-alone episodes, Fox entertainment chairman David Madden promises. The move comes after last year’s revival received hugely split reviews, with the mythology episodes getting slammed by critics while the stand-alone mysteries were praised.
“We’re really proud of last season,” Madden says. “We had the responsibility to explain to the audience what had happened in the intervening seven or eight years. We’re free from that responsibility this time and can just plunge in and tell the stories. We’re having a lot of fun doing it. Eight of the episodes will be stand-alone stories so they will be classic ‘Mulder and Scully plunging into new adventures.’”
During its original 1990s-era run, The X-Files had a mix of mythology shows and stand-alone episodes. Yet as the years continued and the show went into eight and nine seasons, its increasingly tangled mythology seemed to stop making much sense as producers tried to find new twists.
Madden also teased a bit about season 11’s storyline. “We start the season right up from where the season finale left off with that big helicopter and takes you right from there,” he says. “You’ll be launched into a very urgent adventure that has a lot to do with William — Mulder and Scully’s kid. so the search for William will be a significant thread through the show. You will see the Cigarette Smoking Man [William B. Davis]. You may see The Lone Gunmen somewhere along the line. There will be other characters from the previous mythology that will be reprised.”
The return of The X-Files in 2016 after 14 years off the air was a ratings smash for Fox, representing one of the few rebooted/revival titles by networks that have worked (unlike, say, the return of Prison Break and the launch of 24: Legacyearlier this year). Next on Fox’s revival agenda: A potential King of the Hill revival.
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Also, in case you missed it, guess where David is? Yup.
Guess where I am? Yup. pic.twitter.com/yhNlNGTxu3
— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) August 3, 2017
The X-Files is scheduled to begin shooting in Vancouver next week.