, creator and executive producer of Fox's The X-Files
, says his UFO drama may go on next year without its two leads, David Duchovny
and Gillian Anderson
. Carter dropped the bombshell after confirming that Terminator 2
cyborg Robert Patrick
is joining the cast this season to fill the void left by Duchovny who will appear in only 11 episodes. "I think that there's a terrific opportunity to do it, particularly now that Robert Patrick is aboard," he told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, CA. "It's really just figuring out how to tell the stories, and who to tell the stories with. Neither David nor Gillian have contracts past this year. It really becomes a contractual thing, and I wish it weren't that way, but that's the way the business works."