The new year brings with it new possibilities, and new opportunities. It’s a chance to start again, and re-unite with old friends that we might not have gotten a chance to see in a while. In other words, it seems like the perfect time to relaunch The X-Files. The second season of the rebooted series (or the 11th season to use the “original numbering”) now has a start date. Mulder and Scully will be back on the case just 48 hours after the new year begins. Aliens, monsters, and government conspirators beware!


A Fox press release confirmed that The X-Files will re-open on Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 at 8 pm EST. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as the intrepid FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully, along with fellow X-Files alum Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, and William B. Davis. Robbie Amell, and Lauren Ambrose will reprise their roles as the junior agents Miller and Einstein, who were first introduced in the last season. Barbara Hershey and Haley Joel Osment will appear in new roles that have yet to be announced.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – 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,” said Fox Broadcasting Company President David Madden in a press release. “Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of ‘THE X-FILES.’”

That next chapter of The X-Files will feature 10 episodes, and will largely draw upon the show’s monster-of-the-week format versus its grand alien conspiracy mythology. As previously reported, the first episode of the season will resolve the cliffhanger from “My Struggle II”, the season 10 finale, and it will also reveal the unknown story of Davis’ character, the villainous Cigarette Smoking Man. After that, not much is known on where the series is going to take us, but if the new poster below is to be believed, the Truth is closer than ever.

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But how close is close? You’ll have to watch Fox Wednesdays at 8 pm to find out starting in January.