Watch David Duchovny In First Trailer For Charles Manson Series Aquarius


During last night’s Super Bowl, all eyes and all talk was mainly concerned with either the actual sporting event itself, the bizarre mid-show extravaganza or the Jurassic World trailer. Of course, many other big-name films debuted super-mix teasers to appeal to those watching at home as well, and it seems that amidst all the excitement, we seem to have missed one particularly cool trailer – NBC’s next event series, Aquarius.

Like all teasers dotted between the gameplay, this preview is rather brief. That’s not to say it isn’t exciting, though. David Duchovny, who stars in the show, seems as magnetic as ever, albeit in a less iconoclastic role than he’s used to playing. This time he’s cast as L.A.P.D. Sgt. Sam Hodiak, in a show that will explore the life of cult leader and conspiracist, Charles Manson.

Set two years prior to the heinous double murders of the Tate and LaBianca families, Duchovny’s intrepid cop will begin to dig into the Manson cult for what’s been dubbed by the network as a “cat and mouse game between him and the police that will go on for several seasons.” That’s their plan, at least, and the show’s continued success will inevitably hinge on those all-important ratings.

There’s currently no release date for Aquarius, but we’ll keep you posted on any new developments. For now, check out the trailer and plot summary below and let us know what you think.

It’s 1967, and the era of free love, drug experimentation, and the Vietnam War is in full effect. When the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer goes missing, L.A. Police Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny; “Californication,” “The X-Files”) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to cops, especially one with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone they will trust, he partners with rebellious undercover cop Brian Shafe (Grey Damon), a man who’s more comfortable rolling a joint than patrolling a beat.

It’s not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man’s trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder, and cultural revolution. Little could they know, however, the guy they’re hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). He was a lost soul who desperately wanted to get into the music scene of the ’60s until something snapped. This is the show that will explore the cat and mouse game between him and the police that will go on for several seasons, ultimately ending with the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.

Writer John McNamara (“In Plain Sight”) serves as executive producer with Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break”), David Duchovny, and Melanie Greene. “Aquarius” is a production of ITV Studios America and Marty Adelstein Productions.

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