Californication and X-files fans can still get their Duchovny fix on NBC because he is working on his next project before the season final of his past series even airs. However his next project is a much darker role than that of an alcoholic novelist with woman issues, or an FBI agent who researches aliens. He will play a complicated police sergeant from the 1960’s who goes undercover tracking a charismatic man, who seems to be able to manipulate weak willed women. The man turns out to be Charles Manson. This true to life drama will cover the events that happened leading up to the notorious murder spree.
Writer of Aquarius, John McNamara wrote the series In Plain Sight and created the Fox series Profit. Aquarius will be produced by John, David, Marty Adelstein, and Melanie Green. Golden Globe winner David Duchovny as headliner can carry a pilot alone, however the genius behind the series makes it no wonder that NBC gave the 13 episode order.
An interesting tidbit for X-files fans is the fact that NBC also has a hostage thriller with Gillian Anderson lined up. Apparently Scully and Mulder will be reuniting in a roundabout way at least. (X-files fans have been known to grasp as lesser straws.)
Fox also has a Charles Manson project in the works written by Bret Easton Ellis and directed by Rob Zombie.
Who knows what is inspiring this new interest in the Charles Manson story, but the American public will be treated to two networks individual interpretation of the tragic story of a mad man and the weak people who followed his will.