Even with hit series Empire and Star on hiatus until March 2018, Fox isn't about to give up on Wednesday nights. The eagerly anticipated 10-episode Season 12/Season 2 (depending on your level of fandom) premiere of The X-Files is set for Wednesday, January 3rd at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Joining Chris Carter's creation is Ryan Murphy's new procedural drama 9-1-1, set to bow immediately following The X-Files at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
9-1-1, from creators Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics, and other first responders who are thrust into the most nerve-wracking, shocking, and heart-stopping situations. Fox had this to say about the subjects of the series:
"These emergency responders must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives."
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story), Peter Krause (Six Feet Under), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Oliver Stark (Into The Badlands), Aisha Hinds (Underground), Kenneth Choi (The Last Man on Earth), and Rockmond Dunbar (The Path) are part of this season's cast. Brad Buecker has been tapped to direct the premiere episode; and will serve as executive producer with Alexis Martin Woodall and series star Bassett.
From the mind of executive producer and creator Carter comes the newest season of The X-Files, featuring stars David Duchovny (Californication) and Gillian Anderson (American Gods) returning as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi will also be returning as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner. This season will feature a number of new and returning faces, including: Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval, Barbara Hershey, Haley Joel Osment and William B. Davis (who is set to reprise his role as "Cigarette Smoking Man" once again). Glen Morgan (Intruders, Lore) is set to return to the series as an executive producer.