PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The annual vigil has begun for fans of
“The X-Files.” Will the series return for a ninth season?


Call the forecast partly sunny.



“It’s the same as it’s always been,” creator Chris Carter told TV critics
over the weekend. “If we can find a reason to keep doing the show
creatively, we’ll keep doing it.”

Later, he said there are “great plans” for a ninth season, “but we’re
not quite there yet.”

It’s been a transitional year for the Fox series. Actor Robert Patrick
joined the cast and gave the show some new creative juice, Carter said.
David Duchovny has become a part-timer; he’ll return for several episodes
starting Feb. 25.

Carter also is working on “The Lone Gunmen,” a comedy spinoff of “The
X-Files” that’s expected to get a tryout from Fox in March.