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David Duchovny to head Charles Manson drama 'Aquarius'

David Duchovny attends 'The Truth Is Here: David Duchovny And Gillian Anderson On The X-Files' presented by the Paley Center For Media at Paley Center For Media on October 12, 2013 in New York City.
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David Duchovny will be headed to NBC after the season 7 of his hit Showtime series 'Californication' comes to an end. On March 31, Variety reported that Duchovny will play lead in the Charles Manson drama "Aquarius."

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Duchovny's new police drama that chronicles the story of Charles Manson. In it, Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant. This role reunited Duchovny and NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt who had a hand in both "Californication" and "The X-Files."

The series "Aquarius" will tell the early story of Charles Manson and his followers. Later seasons of the show hope to tell of the murders that made Manson famous.

The new era in television dramas that either follow true crime stories or expound on famous movies much the way "Bates Motel" is written to tell the backstory of Norma and Norman Bates from the movie "Psycho" are gaining popularity with viewers.

Another movie turned television series in the TV drama category that is doing well would be "Hannibal." Based off the "Silence of the Lambs" movies, again this television series had much interest and support prior to airing and has enjoyed a bit of success.

Think of "Aquarius" as the television drama version of the book and movie "Helter Skelter." The true crime book that documented the police case against Charles Manson. It told the story of the horrific Manson murders from the standpoint of the detectives looking to make a case against America's most notorious cult leader.