While Fox bosses maintained a party line at their Television Critics Association winter press tour panel, the first panel of the winter 2018 session, that the implications of the impending Disney-Fox merger would not take effect for at least 12 to 18 months, the execs did have updates on the fates of three of its series.
Despite middling ratings, the network ordered a second season of its X Men family drama The Gifted, citing its growth in delayed viewing as one reason for the decision.
Fox president Michael Thorn also said that another season—or “iteration”—of PRISON BREAK is in the works.
“We are developing a new iteration of Prison Break,” he told reporters. “It’s in very early stages of development, but we’re really excited about it.
Star Dominic Purcell had hinted that another season was in the works with a teasing Instagram post in December seemingly confirming the news.
The news wasn’t as hopeful for THE X-FILES, which debuted the second rebooted season (its eleventh overall), to just a 1.4 in the 18-49 demo and 5.2 million viewers total. The numbers were lower than the first revival season, though it typically improved in DVR performance.
But considering the fact that star Gillian Anderson publicly said she’s finished after the current season airs.
“I’ve said from the beginning this is it for me,” she told TV Guide Magazine. “I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement…because my understanding was that this was a single season.”
Combine Anderson’s statement with the uncertainty of the merger, and Fox Television Group CEO and Chairman Dana Walden said the future didn’t look bright for another season of the reboot.
“If those are the circumstances, there won’t be any more X-Files,” she said.