When The X-Files season 11 premieres on Fox in the new year, there will be more female representation behind the scenes than in the past.
According to a new report right now via TVLine, the Fox franchise has managed to secure two female directors for the upcoming season.
Carol Banker – She’s been a part of the franchise for a long time, in between being a script supervisor on the original show and also a director on the spin-off show The Lone Gunmen. That was her directorial debut, but since that time she’s taken on the role on such other notable series as The Vampire Diaries, NYPD Blue, Glee, Code Black, and The Magicians. Clearly, she is someone with a ton of experience doing a wide array of television, and this should prove to be very useful to this show as she can bring some of those skills to the table here.
Holly Dale – Meanwhile, Dale has also taken on such shows as Reign, Mary Kills People, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Timeless, Quantico, Law & Order: SVU, Agents of SHIELD, and many others. She may actually be one of the most prolific directors working in television right now regardless of gender. We don’t know how in the world she’s found the time to do so many different shows! She is new to The X-Files, but with her history on genre programming, she will fit right in.
It’s a little unclear as to whether or not this news was prompted by series star Gillian Anderson’s recent criticism of a lack of notable female writers/directors on the show, but either way, this news remains exciting since you’re getting talented people on the show. It’s about time The X-Files got more of it, and hopefully this is yet another stepping stone for major franchises to consider some alternative ways of thinking. It’s 2017. With that, it really shouldn’t be “alternative” anymore.
The new batch of X-Files episodes is going to be filming throughout the months ahead in the Vancouver area. There are ten episodes, and structurally, this should play out fairly similarly to the recent run of six. There will be mythology episodes at the start and end of the season written by creator Chris Carter, while in the middle you’re going to get a chance to see some other standalone stories. While we’d love answers to various long-simmering questions, we do think in general we as a collective X-Files following take the show a little bit too seriously. It’s entertainment! We should just dive into the stories, allow for the sensory overload, and then be excited for whatever comes next moving into the future — provided that there is a future. For now, the show’s fate beyond season 11 is unclear.
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