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Reviews were mixed when cult 1990s show The X-Files was revived earlier this year for a six-episode tenth season, but it’ll take more than that to extinguish our love for Mulder and Scully—and Mulder knows it, the big tease.

Yesterday (August 9) was Gillian Anderson‘s 48th birthday, and her longtime co-star and partner-in-the-paranormal David Duchovny couldn’t resist congratulating her on it.

Er, what was that, David? Is there something you want to tell us?

We didn’t have to look very far to find out. According to Variety, Fox TV Studios President David Madden told reporters on Monday (August 8) that Fox is “in significant talks with the three principals” about coming back for more episodes. And by “three” principals, they mean Duchovny, Anderson, and the show’s creator, Chris Carter.

It was their calendars that meant the last season came, shall we say, a little short. Fox Broadcasting CEO Dana Walden explained: “It was really the limitations of David and Gillian and Chris’ schedules. Gillian lives in the U.K., David lives in New York and California, and we do the show in Vancouver. […] So it was just trying to coordinate a time where they all carve out a period to be in Vancouver.”

She went on to promise a longer season this time, saying, “I would be really happy if we were able to get eight to 10 episodes”.

Us too, Dana. Yeah, you’ve got us. In true X-Files style, we’re willing to suspend our disbelief one more time. Just don’t you and David get our hopes up for nuthin’.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.