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David Duchovny goes from 'Californication' to 'Aquarius' on NBC

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As "Californication" nears the end of its series run, star David Duchovny has already lined up a new job -- he'll star in the new NBC series "Aquarius," according to a press release Monday. Rather than the traditional path for a series of creating a pilot then trying to get it picked up for a full season, NBC gave the full greenlight for a 13-episode run, marking the former "X-Files" and "Twin Peaks" star's return to broadcast television.

"Aquarius" is a drama series set in the late 1960s, with Duchovny starring as a Los Angeles police sergeant going undercover to track a budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his "cause." This small-time criminal forms his own twisted commune that culminates in a brutal real-life crime.

The leader's name? Charles Manson.

It looks like Duchovny is going from sleazy back to creepy with this new series, and the premiere season will focus on the early days of Manson's reign of terror, with the Tate-LaBianca murders unfolding in subsequent seasons.

It's no big surprise Duchovny was tapped for the role, given NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt has been involved with 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," said Greenblatt. "I’m especially pleased that he wanted to come to NBC where I know there is a big audience waiting to see him."

In typical Hollywood fashion, Duchovny threw the love right back at him.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television. I think 'Aquarius' has a chance to be a special show and I can’t wait to get going."

Leaving "Californication" on Showtime and moving to NBC, the first thing the actor will have to do is clean up his language to meet broadcast standards after the notoriously raunchy Showtime series, where he played a womanizing writer who somehow still made himself endearing to fans. The show is in its seventh and final season.

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

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