2:24pm PT by Michael O'Connell
David Duchovny to Star in Charles Manson Drama at NBC
David Duchovny is staying put on television. Although his Showtime comedy Californication wraps its seven-season run this year, the actor has already lined up his next series.
NBC announced Monday that it has ordered 13 episodes of drama Aquarius. Created by John McNamara (In Plain Sight), the 1960s-set project will star Duchovny as a Los Angeles police sergeant investigating a then-unknown Charles Manson.
"I'm thrilled to be working with [NBC Entertainment chairman] Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television," said Duchovny, who rose to fame on Fox's The X-Files. "I think Aquarius has a chance to be a special show, and I can't wait to get going."
The network is also touting this project as an "event" series, the latest of several at NBC and across the Big Four. "Event series are a big priority for us, and the combination of a show that charts the lead-up to the Manson murders, along with a television star of the magnitude of David Duchovny, is the very definition of an event," said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. "We're thrilled to be working with these talented producers, including Marty Adelstein and creator John McNamara, to present something truly original."
This also marks another straight-to-series for NBC. The network just recently ordered Jennifer Lopez vehicle Shades of Blue for the 2015 season.
Greenblatt also spoke about his reunion with the actor he last worked with during his Showtime tenure. "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," he said. "I'm especially pleased that he wanted to come to NBC, where I know there is a big audience waiting to see him."
Duchovny, who will also serve as an executive producer alongside longtime manager Melanie Greene, is repped by Resolution. Aquarius is being produced by ITV Studios America in association with Marty Adelstein Productions.