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David Duchovny to star in NBC’s true crime drama ‘Aquarius’

Duchovny in Aquarius
Duchovny in Aquarius

The Age of Aquarius was an era of flower children, zodiac signs and a case of murder and mayhem so vile it will forever be known as a dark chapter in American history.

Taking us back down memory lane will be former 'X-Files' and 'Californication' star David Duchovny. He will play a Los Angeles police sergeant in NBC’s ‘Aquarius,’ which is being described as a gritty cop drama. His character will be tracking a petty criminal and budding cult leader recruiting vulnerable young adults to join his “family” – the Manson family. If you haven’t guessed by now, the name of this man is none other than the notorious Charles Manson.

The undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes and culminating into the gripping Tate-LaBianca murders. In August of 1969, film director Roman Polanski’s wife, actress Sharon Tate was brutally murdered in her home along with houseguests that included coffee heiress Abigail Folger. The home was actually owned by actress Doris Day’s record producer son, Terry Melcher. It was widely speculated that Melcher was Manson’s real target since Manson was an aspiring musician who felt slighted by Melcher.

The following night, upon returning from a brief vacation, Leno and Rosemary were murdered inside their home. Leno owned a chain of grocery stores in the Los Angeles area and his wife Rosemary was also a successful businesswoman. In fact, due to several profitable stock market investments, she was even wealthier than Abigail Folger at the time.

Manson’s followers were convicted for the murders while Manson was charged for conspiracy. The surviving members of the Manson family are still in prison today. It is highly unlikely Charles Manson will ever live outside of Corcoran State Prison walls.

NBC has ordered 13 episodes for what is being billed as an event series.