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Faces & names: Duchovny to hunt Manson in ‘Aquarius’

(McClatchy Newspapers)

NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order for the drama “Aquarius,” starring two-time Golden Globe Award winner David Duchovny in his return to broadcast television.

The “Californication” and “X-Files” star will play a 1960s Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life, who starts tracking a small-time criminal and aspiring cult leader who lures vulnerable women. The criminal turns out to be Charles Manson, and his crimes in future seasons will include the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Writer John McNamara (“In Plain Sight,” “Profit”) will produce with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break,” “Last Man Standing”) and Melanie Greene.

“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 Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

“I think ‘Aquarius’ has a chance to be a special show and I can’t wait to get going,” Duchovny said.