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.


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  1. Eric7740 says:

    DId NBC not learn anything from the MJF Show??? Ordering a show straight to series again???

    • Zach says:

      CBS with Under the Dome. Netflix with House of Cards. MJF struck out (I think that seemed to be more of an issue with the writing), but it’s becoming more and more common.

  2. Steven says:

    David Duchovny back in law enforcement. Count me in!

  3. Sheryl says:

    I feel like we already know this story. What could they possibly add?

  4. uh huh says:

    David Duchovny on my teevee is always a good thing.

  5. trainwreck says:

    is it wrong that i don’t want this show to happen because it might minimize/postpone the possibility of a third Xfiles movie?

    • trainwreck says:

      I am huge Duchovny fan – but i love him more when Scully and green men are around!

    • uh huh says:

      Considering how sucktacular the 2nd X-Files movie was (and mind you, I’m as big a phile as ever lived), yes.

    • Bored Now! says:

      Californication didn’t minimize XF3 happening, so why should this? All the key players have been onboard for years. The only thing holding it up is the studio giving it the greenlight. Maybe having Duchovny back on a high profile network show will give them the push to do that.

    • Ryan says:

      Even if the third movie was given the green light today, it would have been a while before it started shooting…the fall or later. Waiting until next spring in between seasons of this show wouldn’t be much of a delay, if any.

    • Doug H says:

      When Crisis is cancelled, Gillian could move right over!!!

  6. “Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated who takes ” a complicated what? heh

  7. Shannon says:

    Would gave been REALLY interesting if DD played Manson.

  8. DavidSask says:

    Awful premise for show, no one wants to see Manson glamorized and this is no Hannibal by sounds of it!

  9. Feels like this pick up is bad news for Hannibal’s (admittedly already tiny) chances of renewal.

  10. scorpo says:

    It is amazing how David’s feelings about doing television again have turned around when the movie offers weren’t there waiting with arms wide open. I do think this sounds like a good fit for him. I wish him success.

  11. belle says:

    UGH! I am so over David D’s diva attitude and entitled self-loathing! Been there done that, pass…

  12. Jan says:

    Just when you think he’s gone, they pull him back into our screen. Another HUGE mistake by NBC!! They will never, never, learn – I’ll be avoiding this show for sure.

  13. sheri says:

    I wish the serial killer tv show trend would end.

  14. Bob Smith says:

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

    Is Hollywood already reinventing the term “event series”? I thought the term referred to a one-and-done season???

  15. The letter J says:

    I’ll at least check it out. DD works well as a detective. I’m not so sure about the Manson stuff, but I’ll at least watch it for DD.

  16. Mary Jane says:

    Well, NBC, you have finally done it….sunk about as low as you can possibly go. You unimaginatives have been trying to remake older great series without success, because you simply cannot come up with anything new. So as far back and down in the bucket, you ‘brilliantly’ think that boomers who lived through this nightmare would somehow like to relive it?!??!?!?!?! Are you mad as well as stupid????!? This is beyond an insult to all your viewers, and to give this sorry excuse for a man even one second of air time is over the top..(this applies to DD as well). Why don;t you try another old series…you seem to have a track record there.?!?!? Two losers don’t make anything but a disaster and you at NBC should be embarrassed to even think of this, never mind put it into series format?!?!?OMG…you have sunk to an all time low….shame, shame on you……..

  17. herman1959 says:

    A weekly series about Charles Manson……Ew! I’ll give it 4 episodes tops (the same neighborhood as The Assests). It sounds like a show that doesn’t know what it wants to be – is it about the police sergeant or about Manson, and that is the major problem (same as with The Assets). Nope!

  18. shboogies says:

    Ughhh, its so annoying when people call Charles Manson a serial killer. Do your homework or at least pick up a dictionary.

  19. Julie says:

    I’m on board for this show. I think they are on to something here but what happens after they commit the Tate Labianca murders will they go on to investigate the supposed other murders the family committed or find a new murderer and follow him.?

  20. DdiamondR says:

    Despicable. Manson really needs another ego boost. The guy thinks he’s God. He ordered drugged out young women to slaughter an 8 1/2 month pregnant young woman and her friends and a guy who just happened to be at the front gate at the wrong time. He was 18. They stabbed Sharon Tate in her belly dozens of times while she begged for the life of her baby – YA, let’s make a show about HIM. Let’s ELEVATE him some more. What the hell is wrong with Duchovny. Disgusting.

    • Marjorie Peterson says:

      Why is it wrong to maybe let people who didn’t live through this see just how sick and depraved Manson really is? They aren’t going to glorify him, they are going to show what he really is for those people. And, sorry, but I think David is a really great actor, and I will watch anything he’s in. What he has been saying lately is instead of a 3rd X-files movie, there is a good chance that the series will be back! So guess this event series won’t even interfere with that!

  21. Betty Echols says:

    This ought to be good!
    Can’t wait….what took you so long…