News has come out courtesy of TVLine about the prospects of The X-Files Season 11. It will be enlisting two female directors: Carol Banker and Holly Dale.
Banker is an X-Files veteran, having worked as the script supervisor from 1999 to 2002, as well as the spin-off The Lone Gunman. Dale is new to the franchise, but she has served as director on many other series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Grimm, The Americans, Dexter and Reign.
Go ahead and call me an "SJW," whatever that means anymore, but I do think this is a good thing. I like seeing women get more leadership roles in addition to acting roles in TV, film, etc. Do I know whether or not the next season will be good? Of course not; I haven't seen it yet. But I will still take this as a positive. Apparently, series director Chris Carter has also added women to the writing staff, and I think that's a good thing, too.
Anyway, the return of the series is slated for some time in early 2018. It will still be a little bit before we see our two favorite FBI agents return to the small screen.
It's been over a year now since The X-Files made its short return to the Fox network. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson made their return as Mulder and Scully in six episodes with a somewhat mixed response. Not everyone loved it, but it attracted a lot of people happy to see these two lovable characters return to their mysterious adventures.
Lauren Ambrose and Robbie Amell joined as proteges Agent Einstein and Agent Miller, respectively. The Cigarette Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis, made is nefarious return. Joel McHale also joined up as an Alex Jones-like conspiracy theorist with an internet "news show" (except, you know, he way more likable and sympathetic than Alex Jones).