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Duchovny gets Manson-related NBC series

David Duchovny (born Aug. 7, 1960): The actor

David Duchovny (born Aug. 7, 1960): The actor has been a regular in our living rooms from the sci-fi hit "The X-Files" (1993-2002) to "Californication." Credit: Getty Images

David Duchovny, Charles Manson...unrelated names until this point in time: NBC has given a straight-to-series order for his '60s era period drama entitled "Aquarius" about Charles Manson, and the cop - played by DD - who chases him. Word of this show has been "out there," so to speak, but a 13-episode order? That's unusual and indicates a.) This might actually be a good series; and b.) Duchovny, wrapping "Californication" this season, is a big get, and he is. 

 The details: 

In this gripping drama series set in the late 1960s, Duchovny stars as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his “cause.” The name of that man is Charles Manson. 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.

 Duchovny has barely glanced at commercial broadcast TV over the last ten years ("Life with Bonnie," a quick arc.) So this is a home-coming, sort of...

 No word on launch date. 

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