NBC Orders David Duchovny-Led Charles Manson Drama Aquarius to Series

Aquarius - Season PilotAfter several years of on-screen debauchery, David Duchovny will once more play a lawman fighting sinister forces in the period thriller Aquarius.

The drama, which skipped the pilot phase and received a straight-to-series order from NBC Monday, will star the Californication/X-Files actor as a 1960s cop tracking serial killer Charles Manson’s rise to popularity.

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Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated home life who takes note of small-time criminal Manson when he begins recruiting needy women to what becomes his cult. As history records, these members of Manson’s “family” eventually commit various ghastly crimes, including the murders of actress Sharon Tate and supermarket owner Leno LaBianca.

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The “event series” likely will cover the Manson followers’ famous massacres in later seasons.

John McNamara (In Plain Sight) penned the script and will executive-produce the series with Duchovny, Melanie Greene (Californication) and Marty Adelstein (Last Man Standing).

Californication, the Showtime dramedy that Duchovny headlines, will end its seven-season run this year.