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[TV] David Duchovny Hunts Charles Manson In “Aquarius”

While Rob Zombie and Bret Easton Ellis develop their own network Charles Manson drama at FOX, NBC has already beat them to the punch…

According to Variety, “X-Files” and “Californicaion” vet David Duchovny will star in a period NBC drama as “a police detective on the trail of the Los Angeles-area hippie cult leader who turns out to be Charles Manson.

NBC has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to “Aquarius,” penned by drama vet John McNamara (“In Plain Sight,” “Profit”) who exec produces with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break”) and Duchovny’s longtime manager Melanie Greene. “Aquarius” hails from ITV Studios and Marty Adelstein Prods.

In “Aquarius,” Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life. In the late 1960s, he and his younger partner begin tracking a small-time criminal who specializes in luring vulnerable young women to his “cause.”

The plan is that the series will follow “the twists and turns” of Manson’s early efforts, but the horrific murder spree in August 1969 that made his name synonymous with evil will not enter the story until subsequent seasons.



  • c-s-a78

    they need to make more x-files!i know there getting older now,but what about the son William!?he can take over his fathers role,now that he is older!a new fox mulder!!!

    • Machine-Gun-Zombie

      Why would age be a factor? They’re FBI agents, not soldiers. FBI agents can still be investigators well into old age, so replacing them would be needless

  • DeadInHell

    Both of these Manson series sound dreadfully dull and pointless.

    Here’s a thought: how about some original fucking ideas once in a while? It’s bad enough that everything is a remake or a reboot or a reimagining these days (seems like this the only serialized drama we get now, from House of Cards to Hannibal). But I can’t recall any film or series based wholly on a real murderer that wasn’t pure garbage (and no, “inspired by real events” stuff like TCM doesn’t count because that’s code for “pure fiction”). The only exceptions seem to be those that deal with enduring mysteries (i.e. Zodiac, Jack the Ripper) rather than the grim realities of solved murders. That mystery makes those compelling stories. There is nothing compelling about Charles Manson, just like there nothing worthwhile in all of the horrible movies crapped out about Gacy, Bundy, and all of the other known and convicted serial killers out there. It may be macabre and horrible, but it just doesn’t make for compelling material.

    I’m not the sort of guy who usually makes this complaint, but it bothers me that we spend so much time glorifying this scumbag through the media. Whether it’s via airing his inane rants, discussing his crimes, or further immortalizing him on film. It’s an insult to the memory of the people he killed to constantly give him the attention that he so wants.

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