Over a year since The X Files six-episode event series (or season 10) ended and after months and months of speculation and negotiations, Fox have finally confirmed that The X Files will be returning for an eleventh season, with an extension to 10 episodes this time. Series creator Chris Carter will mastermind the new episodes and Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will both be back as FBI Agents Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.
Here's the statement FoxBroadcasting Company president David Madden made on the renewal.
"Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators Ė these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide.
"Chrisí creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we canít wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files."
Even more exciting, it could air as early as the end of the year, with The X Files scheduled to air in the next TV season. This comes on the back on last week's announcement that Duchovny and Anderson would be playing Mulder and Scully in an audio adventure set between the 2008 movie The X Files: I Want To Believe and season 10.
Here's the first poster to go with the announcement.
If you want to catch up on The X Files quickly, check out Baz Greenland's full The X Files: Revisited, with look backs at the original series, both movies and the revival.
More news, including a confirmed UK air date, as we have it.