David Duchovny on if he would do more X-Files: ‘I would love to. We all would’

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'
The first four weeks of the X-Files were consistently so high in the ratings that it was among the top four broadcast shows for the entire week, every week. People love the X-Files so much that the premiere was the second highest ranked show that week, only behind the NFC Championship in viewership. The X-Files is a huge hit and while there may be barriers to renewing the show, public interest is not one of them, nor would I assume money will be. Fox should continue throwing money at this incredible show because it’s surely bringing in advertising dollars. As for whether it’s feasible for the X-Files to continue, David Duchovny says he’s on board if it happens, and that everyone else is too.

On if they would do more
When we were together doing the show this time it just felt like the old show. I think we’re all open to it [doing more]. It’s just a matter of getting everbody’s schedules to jibe. Gillian lives in London, I don’t know where I live. Chris loves here. I would love to I think we all would.

Although outlets are running with the “we would all love to” angle, he did qualify it. This is very similar to what Duchovny said to Variety. He basically said that they’re so busy they have to wait and see. “Gillian and I have talked about [it], and then we just stop because we get to 2023 and we still haven’t found a date we can do it.” I hope that’s not true, especially after seeing the final episode last night.

Spoilers for previously aired episodes of X-Files
I was so impressed with the final episode of X-Files in this 6 episode arc. It was a perfect mix of conspiracy with a dash of science and real-life plausibility to make it go down. Plus they deliberately left the ending up in the air for follow up. (My only complaint is that Lauren Ambrose is miscast and overacting. She is not subtle enough to play a foil to Scully.) Please let there be more X-Files. This revival more than lived up to the original quality of storytelling and so many people are watching.

X-Files creator Chris Carter has all but promised that the show will wrap up that cliffhanger – sometime. He told The NY TimesI can tell you, almost without a doubt, we will come back… I don’t know how or when — Fox owns the show. But because the ratings were what they were, I think the show will come back one way or the other.” He also said that he spoke with Fox executives following the final episode so it sounds like there’s more in the works. There’s still the issue of actor availability, however it sounds like they’re going to figure it out. Yes!

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson during an appearance on ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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  1. Coco says:

    Was this go around any good? I didn’t bother after reading some pretty terrible reviews of the first episode.

    • K says:

      It was OK, not great. Lauren Ambrose indeed ruins everything.

    • pinetree13 says:

      I don’t mind Lauren ambrose but the fact that they introduced the new miniature versions of mulder and scully is ridiculous. You can tell they did that in case Fox/Scully quit the show the series could go on with the ‘new doctor red-head and new mulder” Honestly I can’t believe CB liked last night’s episode…it was dumb. Maybe it’s because I have a science background but when MILD SPOILER ALERT she was like “I don’t know if this will work…we need some stem cells!” I was like “DID YOU JUST THROW IN ANY RANDOM SCIENCE-Y SOUNDING WORDS YOU COULD THINK OF WRITERS?!?!?” like that makes zero sense. The whole thing made no sense. Ugh. I watched the six episodes but won’t be tuning in for more.

  2. Lilalis says:

    I’m a huge X-Files fan but I felt like these new episodes were a parody of what the X-Files used to be (I have yet to watch ep. 6). Too many conspiracies, too much goofyness. I’d probably still watch everything they make, just because that show meant so much to me when I was a teenager.

    • Lindy79 says:

      What was that whole episode about the Aussie guy and the lizard about??

    • K says:

      You are right. It did seem like a parody of the old X Files.

    • Nameless says:

      I loved the old x-files in the 90s but not loving them so much on the second go around. Slow as f’ck, flat acting, repetitive plotlines. They’re boring! Maybe television has gotten much better they just haven’t aged well.

      Haven’t seen the new ones but don’t think the x-files format “works” today.

      • pinetree13 says:

        I agree it’s not working. It has high ratings because of people like me who loved the old show and thus FORCED themselves to watch this new reboot. But to be honest, after the first three episodes it’s gone down-hill fast. The episode last night made NO SENSE! Seriously!

        *spoilers ahead quit reading if you care*

        The whole ‘nobody has an immune system’ did they forget that there are a lot of people that effectively have no immune system? You wouldn’t all start dying instantly! And I love how a vaccine took all of 5 minutes and no effort to create. I also hate that they said the government was tampering with vaccines and that’s why there’s this problem WAY TO GIVE ANTI-VAXXERS SUPPORT FOR THEIR PARANOIA! Ugh, last night’s episode was just so bad. I’m so irritated.

    • Sarah(too) says:

      Agreed. I loved the first episodes but last night I thought it was horrible. Just horrible. Completely jumping the shark, IMO. After about 5 minutes, I ready to punch Lauren Ambrose. My fear is that they think they can reboot the show with Einstein and Miller instead of Scully and Mulder.

  3. I want to believe says:

    These six episodes were a bit of a mixed bag — some were incredible and some were not as good. That said, it’s still a terrific show, with the best writing and the best main characters on television. Part of the problem is that there is so much to do/cover and six episodes are not enough so the mythology episodes (including #1 and #6) just moved too quickly. Also, Lauren Ambrose is a bit over the top. The reality is, despite the story telling sometimes and occasional other issues, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are amazing together and that keeps the show going and people interested. I definitely wish Mulder and Scully could be happy more and intimately back together, but I, like most fans, will take whatever we get at this point. They’ll definitely do more … it’s just a matter of timing (I highly doubt it will be 2023! … they’ve obviously factored it into their schedules since at least early 2015).

  4. Jen says:

    I watched every episode faithfully and I could not be more happy. I really hope more is to come. Mulder and Scully will always have a special place in my heart from watching them as a kid. Seeing X-Files back on air was a dream come true!

  5. kay says:

    i was thrilled with the new episodes. they nailed it all.
    xfiles started when i was in uni, and i loved that show. so it was a bit nerve wracking wondering how they would pull the 6 episodes off…
    but yeah. thrilled.
    and episode 3 was perfect.

  6. Mia4s says:

    Episode 3 and 4 were brilliant. The rest….ehhh. They really are an extraordinary acting team though.

    Honestly I didn’t enjoy the finale. Too rushed, but I suppose the continuation could make it worthwhile. You won’t find a bigger XFiles fan than me but last night and last week I honestly preferred Lucifer that was on right afterwards. If you told me before that I’d be putting Lucifer over XFiles even for two episodes I would have thought you were nuts! But these last two episodes? 😕

  7. Miss Grace Jones says:

    I’m probably the only one not a fan of their acting. I watched the first season of the original recently and I actually found it very difficult to get through because their acting, especially David’s grated me sooo much. It’s like he had one facial expression no matter what happened and he was struggling to emote.

  8. Pandy says:

    I enjoyed this series, but wished for more of course. They totally nailed the original series, which could be series, scary, goofy at times. I didn’t really care too much for Einstein and Miller (especially Einstein). But that might have been because I was afraid they’d put them into any new remake as Scully/Mulder replacements.

    • pinetree13 says:

      That’s literally why they are there. In case scully/mulder quit the show. I mean REALLY another RED HEAD?!? Another brown haired believer?!? Like you couldn’t even like mix up their replacements…maybe make the dude the doctor? Maybe someone not white? LIKE SERIOUSLY! as soon as they introduced those characters I couldn’t stop groaning.

  9. Fan says:

    I was hoping it would be in the big screen and better script.

  10. Jen43 says:

    I really enjoyed the reboot and would welcome new episodes. I watch so little television, and it was great to just relax and watch some Mulder and Scully.

    The ending was too much of a cliffhanger for me, though. They can’t end it like that and say they MIGHT do more episodes.

  11. Joanie says:

    They had better come up with more episodes, because after last night. I’m so mad that I want to punch Chris Carter in the baby maker.

  12. Jessica says:

    I enjoyed the revival, minus the last two episodes. I did love the porch scene in Babylon. I would love a Season 11.

  13. TrixC says:

    I think a lot of people watched the new episodes due to the novelty factor of there being new ones after so long, but a second season would have to stand on its own merit. I’ve only seen the first two episodes so far and I felt it was a bit creaky, even though I used to love it back in the 90s.

    • Goodnight says:

      You probably need to see the 3rd and 6th episodes, they really stand out. If you liked the smart and somewhat funny MOTW episodes like Bad Blood and Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose you’ll enjoy the 3rd episode, and if you like the conspiracy episodes done well you’ll enjoy the 6th. 4 was okay, I didn’t like 5 much because of the new blood.

      Just an old X-Phile from back in the day’s opinion, though.

  14. Goodnight says:

    I want it back so hard. Preferably in short seasons so they can keep it coherent and fresh.

    I really didn’t enjoy the 5th episode because of the two new agents. The male one is bland and the female one isn’t a great actor. I don’t find her very likable. I did warm up to Einstein a little in this most recent ep, but I wouldn’t want her as a series reg.