David Duchovny is returning to network television, and he's working creepy cases again. It looks like 'The X-Files' alum is toplining 'Aquarius,' a 1960s cop drama about the Charles Manson murders for NBC.
The 13-episode straight-to-series order centers on an L.A. sergeant (Duchovny) with a "complicated" personal life (is there any other kind?), who's tracking a young Charles Manson at the beginning of his "career." You know, back when he was just a small-time criminal and aspiring cult leader. Ultimately, an undercover operation will lead Duchovny and his young partner to the Tate-LaBianca murders, which Manson was eventually jailed for, in subsequent seasons.
'Aquarius' was written on spec by John McNamara ('In Plain Sight') and marks Duchovny's return to network television since he exited 'The X-Files' for good back in 2002. The project reunites Duchovny, who's just coming off the end of his starring role on Showtime's 'Californication,' with former Showtime preisdent Bob Greenblatt (the two must enjoy working together since Greenblatt also helped develop 'The X-Files' for FOX in the '90s).
Greenblatt was quoted as saying, “After being involved in the production of both 'The X-Files' and 'Californication', it gives me great pleasure to work with David Duchovny for the third time on this compelling drama.”
Duchovny, who got his start on television with 'The Red Shoe Diaries' and a recurring role on 'Twin Peaks,' won Golden Globes for both 'The X-Files' and 'Californication' and has received four Emmy nominations. The seventh and final season of 'Californication' premieres next month.