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The X-Files Season 11 Update: 2 Female Directors Join Fox Revival

The gender inequality is still out there, but this is a step in the right direction.

The X-Files‘ upcoming 11th season will feature two episodes directed by women, TVLine has learned exclusively. One of the helmers, Carol Banker, has a long history with the franchise, having served as script supervisor on the mothership from 1999-2002 and a director on the short-lived spinoff The Lone Gunmen. X-Files newbie Holly Dale, meanwhile, has directed more than 100 hours of episodic TV, including such series as Being Erica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Grimm, Timeless and Reign.

The duo’s hiring comes roughly a month after news broke that all 10 episodes of next year’s revival would be written by men.  A swift social media backlash followed, with X-Files star Gillian Anderson even joining in. Scully’s portrayer bemoaned on Twitter that the gender imbalance extended to the show’s stable of directors. “Two out of 207 [episodes were directed] by women,” she wrote. “I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different. #TheFutureisFemale.” [UPDATE: Fox confirms that series creator Chris Carter has since added two women to the writing staff as well.]

The X-Files is slated to return in early 2018.

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24 Comments
  1. johnhelvete says:

    I thought Dale’s name was familiar, she directed all 6 episodes of Mary Kills People. Banker has several recent credits as well (The Magicians, The Arrangement, Code Black, The Vampire Diaries).

  2. datdudemurphy says:

    Not a popular opinion… I know better representation is necessary….but I honestly don’t care who directs the new episodes as long as they are good.
    Seriously, if they can find a monkey that’s capable of putting out episodes of better quality than the last season, I am totally ok with that.

    • Anne says:

      I’m always in the comments on this site speaking about representation and the like, but for this, I’d give up the two directors for Chris Carter to never write another episode of this series.

    • Eric says:

      >>Not a popular opinion… I know better representation is necessary….but I honestly don’t care who directs the new episodes as long as they are good.<<
      That's hate speech on this site. Liberal thoughts only. I do agree with you. Man or women who cares. The best person for the job, and guess what tvline…it's not always a sexism reason.

      • You don’t know whether it wasn’t a “sexism reason” with The X-Files, yet you feel the need to comment, so you do care. Presumably because you’re a man.

      • Anne says:

        Dude. Go look up what hate speech actually is. You right wingers always decry about “free speech”, but never seem to remember that when it comes to the other side. Communist lefties have as much right to say what they want as right wing people do.
        .
        And ya, it should be the best person for the job..::but when there is a culture that says women and people of colour aren’t good at it, then they are perceived as being “not as good” for the job as the white dude. If employment was based purely on skill, the world would look a lot different. But it’s not; biases and prejudices come into play so we have to keep demanding equality.

  3. “I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different.”

    That would require another 207 episodes. Deal, lol.

  4. LEX says:

    A WOMEN DIRECTOR? NO! WHAT IS THIS, AMATUER HOUR? DON’T GET ME WRONG, I LOVE THE LADIES. THEY REV MY ENGINE, BUT THEY DON’T BELONG IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR! WOMEN CAN’T DIRECT AS WELL AS MEN. IT’S SCIENCE. :)

  5. N.Kyl says:

    If we are fighting for equality then why is “The future female” …wouldn’t the future be equal for all.

  6. Mark Green says:

    PC group complains about inequality so they hire two female directors just to appease them? This is ridiculous. People really will get offended by anything.

    • KCG19 says:

      If these women were not qualified to do the job, I’d agree with you but their credentials have been listed in the article and prove they’re more then capable. One of them even has a history with the show. So what’s your problem here?

  7. Missy says:

    Awesome. It is a step in the right direction.

    And if they get another season, they should really call Rachel Talalay. She’s brilliant and like, horror and scifi are totally in her wheelhouse.

  8. Wezza says:

    Doomed

  9. No no no says:

    I’ll bet Carol and Holly would really appreciate your headline reducing them to their gender and nothing else.

  10. kmw says:

    A step in the right direction but to me too little too late. One of the directors is from their worst seasons so that isn’t a difference maker at all and I don’t know the other one. The real issue here is that Chris Carter is in charge of their most important episodes and I have a feeling he will screw those up again.But again nice that at least they got a couple of women to direct

  11. Hire new screenwriters, preferably, bring back Gilligan. Season 10 was awful and Carter seems mostly senile these days.

  12. Cheryll Lee says:

    We as society pick what is, love the final product, we all do. It shouldn’t matter what Gender it is, enjoy and move on.but! I have to say it’s a proven fact women are better creators to emotional conflicts, sometimes seeing what could be missing!! a plus .

  13. Cheryll Lee says:

    We as society pick what is, love the final product, we all do. It shouldn’t matter what Gender it is, enjoy and move on.but! I have to say it’s a proven fact women are creators to emotional conflicts, sometimes seeing what could be missing!! a plus .

  14. 1013 says:

    Bring back Michelle MacLaren!