David Duchovny has been seen in a handful of films, but perhaps he will always be known as a television actor. As one show ends, another will begin, and he is finally returning to broadcast television, years after The X-Files ended.
He gained his initial fame as FBI Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files, and for the past seven years, he has played the constantly drunk, and sex-crazed author, Hank Moody on Californication.
Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said of his casting that “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.”
The series is called Aquarius, and has been given a 13-episode series order before shooting its pilot. However, the show is also being billed as an event series, and may only last for one season. It is similar to what is being done with 24: Live Another Day, and NBC is also bringing back Heroes in a way with an event series called Heroes: Reborn.
In his return to broadcast television, Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant who is tracking the infamous cult leader recruiting young women for his “cause,” who has become infamously known as Charles Manson.
It's Mulder vs. Manson in NBC's "Hannibal 1966" … er, "Aquarius," starring David Duchovny.
— Rick Porter (@Zap2itRick) March 31, 2014
According to NBC, “The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.”
Despite ordering people to commit multiple murders, the tale of Charles Manson has continually sparked interest in people in a similar way to someone like Hannibal Lecter. At the end of the investigation, Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, and he is currently serving a life sentence in Corcoran State Prison in California.
Aquarius will be set in the late 1960’s, a few years before Charles Manson was caught, and feature a thrilling pursuit of the infamous criminal. Duchovny feels that the show has a chance to be special, and looks forward to getting started with it.
David Duchovny, who has received Golden Globe nominations for both Californication and The X-Files, has booked his next gig following the seventh and final season of his showtime hit. Season seven of Californication will begin on April 13.
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