‘X-Files’ Season 11 Writers’ Room Isn’t All Male, After All

Considering the kerfuffle earlier this summer over the list of The X-Files‘ season 11 writers appearing to only include males, it would make sense that if this was not, in fact, the case, FOX would want to correct that information speedily.

Whatever the rationale, it wasn’t until this week at the Television Critics Association press tour that FOX Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden gave a different account. In an updated report from Buzzfeed, she told reporters that two out of the ten episodes will be written by women. She also noted that there will be two female directors, calling these decisions by executive producer Chris Carter “moves in the right direction.” As an explanation of why the original list of writers showed only men, Walden added,

I don’t want to make excuses for anyone. I want to just explain that after 200 plus episodes of a show that has a very deep and specific mythology — where the fanbase has a very high expectation that the episodes are going to deliver on those easter eggs and be consistent with those original episodes — the tendency is to want to rely on the people [who] helped you on the original, when you’re just doing 10 episodes. And the crew that was with Chris for a very long time happened to be a group of male writers.

Interestingly, Walden also stated that these female writers were not hired as a response to the previously-mentioned earlier backlash against the totally male writers list. She said, “We had hired the writers before news broke of this particular situation. No one was replaced. So I’m not 100% sure of the chronology of the situation. No one was replaced, and the two had already been assigned, as far as I remember.” Whatever the actual timeline, this does, as Walden put it, seem like a move in the right direction.

In other, unrelated X-Files news, TV Guide reports that actress Annabeth Gish has just dropped a broad hint about her return to the show’s eleventh season. After a rather disappointing appearance in season ten, in which her character, Monica Reyes, was revealed to be working with the sinister Cigarette Smoking Man, perhaps fans of Monica can hope she will have the chance to redeem herself.

The X-Files season 11 is expected to air on FOX in early 2018. Let us know in the comments below if you’re anticipating it eagerly.