, whose Agent Scully character on The X-Files
learned that she was pregnant in last May's finale, has extended her contract with the Fox drama through a potential ninth season (or May 2002), USA Today
reports. Series creator Chris Carter
recently announced that he could see the show continuing beyond its upcoming eighth season with or without Anderson and co-star David Duchovny
, who will appear in only 11 episodes this year. To fill the void, Terminator 2
's Robert Patrick
joins the cast in the Nov. 5 season premiere.