11:04 pm - 03/31/2014

NBC Orders David Duchovny-Led Charles Manson Drama Aquarius to Series

After several years of on-screen debauchery, David Duchovny will once more play a lawman fighting sinister forces in the period thriller Aquarius.

The drama, which skipped the pilot phase and received a straight-to-series order from NBC Monday, will star the Californication/X-Files actor as a 1960s cop tracking serial killer Charles Manson’s rise to popularity, our sister site Deadline reports.

Duchovny will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated who takes note of small-time criminal Manson when he begins recruiting needy women to what becomes his cult. As history records, these members of Manson’s “family” eventually commit various ghastly crimes, including the murders of actress Sharon Tate and supermarket owner Leno LaBianca.

The “event series” likely will cover the Manson followers’ famous massacres in later seasons.

John McNamara (In Plain Sight) penned the script and will executive-produce the series with Duchovny, Melanie Greene (Californication) and Marty Adelstein (Last Man Standing).

Californication, the Showtime dramedy that Duchovny headlines, will end its seven-season run this year.

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klutzy_girl 31st-Mar-2014 11:30 pm (UTC)
As horrifying as Charles Manson is, will definitely be watching for David!
washingtonusa 31st-Mar-2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
_pinkpornstar_ 31st-Mar-2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
A multi-season series for this though?
h0tfuss 31st-Mar-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
Manson had been in and out of jail since his teens, PLUS the Beach Boys connection, PLUS the years spanning the murders PLUS the two years of court proceedings PLUS the hijinx of a lawman during arguably the most anti-government period in American history....yeah, I think it could go on for a long time. The Manson murders were what ended the ~hippie dream in the eyes of many Americans, so the show could easily be about lifestyles and one-off characters. Maybe some conspiracies!

Don't steal my brilliant ideas if these don't make it into the show.
vapor 1st-Apr-2014 01:55 am (UTC)
What was the Beach Boys connection??
xtinkerbellax 31st-Mar-2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
Whatever happened to that Manson Girls movie? This sounds interesting, I'd watch.
ferniinberlin 31st-Mar-2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
i don't really like him, but i'm interested in this
jellycar 31st-Mar-2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
So there are going to be two shows on the Manson murders now?! Why.
mistress_f 31st-Mar-2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
i was reading about this and i just can't believe californication is still on air. like, it feels like another life when i was watching it
i'd give this show a try though, cause david
somegirl23 31st-Mar-2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
If it's anything like Hannibal, it will be successful.
hippie_chick 31st-Mar-2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Why would this be a television series?
la_guillotine 31st-Mar-2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
there was so much stuff in Helter Skelter that just can't be shown on network tv...idk about this, seems like a bad idea.
preflyer 1st-Apr-2014 03:27 am (UTC)
ughhh helter skelter is my favorite book. it's so engrossing, i can barely put it down whenever i read it. lately i've been taking it with me in the sauna.. which some might find odd.. being alone in a sauna reading helter skelter, lol
zyuranger 31st-Mar-2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised Californication was still on the air. I watched the first season and then stopped.
h0tfuss 31st-Mar-2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
I feel kind of bad for the also-ran shows (Californication, Treme, maybe Dexter) that missed out on being part of the Golden Age of Television hype.
yeslets 31st-Mar-2014 11:38 pm (UTC)
roflmao at Manson being a "serial killer". He was an uneducated career criminal, and a cult leader. There is way less sensational shit in both sets of murders in reality, and the Helter Skelter book/"race war" theory has been debunked to hell and back many many times.

It was all basically retaliation for a drug burn and/or some kind of revenge killing and/or done as a copy cat killing in order to get someone in The Family freed from jail.
h0tfuss 31st-Mar-2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
How has the race war thing been debunked?
yeslets 1st-Apr-2014 06:36 am (UTC)
Sorry in advance if this comment is long lol

There's tons and tons of pseudo scholarship from over the years of people trying to figure out the real motive for what happened.

If you have the energy/free time, you can start at the beginning of this blog and go forward http://tatelabianca.blogspot.com/
If you want dig deeper into what really was going on with them in the 60s/see the weirdness, see if you can find the movie Manson from 1973. It's a documentary.
There was also an academic paper written about their commune about a year before the murders,

But at the very least, Bugliosi is not a legit dude, and was very much a sensationalist, and the book is pretty much tabloid-level. He took things that were true and then exaggerated them or mixed them together to create the extremely lurid and sensational Helter Skelter angle, and then wrote a book about it.

The main person who testified in the trial about the race war was someone who had either left or been kicked out of the family before the murders happened (Paul Watkins), and after he left was basically deprogrammed by some insane Scientologist gold prospector dude in the desert (Paul Crockett). His brain was also possibly fried from abusing drugs.

Even in Kasabian's testimony there are tons of inconsistencies. She was offered immunity in exchange for her testimony, so she said whatever they wanted her to imho. Pretty much everyone who testified at any point in the trial was someone whose brain and memories were severely effected from drug abuse.

I think the consensus is that the Tate Murders happened so they would look like they were committed by whoever did the Gary Hinman murder. They were trying to get Bobby Beausoleil out of jail. He had killed Hinman over some kind of drug burn, and at this point The Manson Family was involved with a criminal motorcycle gang and was dealing drugs.
Beausoleil left "Political piggy" in blood on the walls at Hinman. Manson told Beausoleil (maybe) to leave political messages at the scene to make it look like it was racially motivated, so that they wouldn't get caught or be connected to it.
Manson or someone in their crew definitely had a more concrete connection to probably Folger or Frykowsi, as they were both shady and possibly involved in drugs or the drug scene.

The Labianca muders were done to make the other two murders look even more connected, all to free Bobby.

There was definitely an angle of trying to make the crimes look racially motivated (in order to obscure the real motive or cast doubt on their guilt), but trying to somehow incite an all-out race war is far fetched when there is a more plausible answer readily available (drug burn, the family was running out of money to support itself and got involved in heavier stuff)

Manson and his gang were definitely criminals, and there was definitely tons of weird stuff going on with them way before (traveling through CA in a bus painted black, giving acid to kids in Mendocino, interacting with and scamming tons of celebs, orgies in a commune, etc) and even after the murders (Paul Watkins trying to take over the family, them trying to hijack an airplane, Squeaky trying to kill the president, etc). They were definitely a cult, and were criminals, and living a very fringe lifestyle. But he definitely wasn't a serial killer and a lot of the mythos surrounding them is just crazy tabloid stuff.
ellesmereisland 31st-Mar-2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
omg get Gillian Anderson off that wacky kidnap show and onto this one ASAP!
alterector 31st-Mar-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm watching the X-Files right now for the first time, he's so sexy <3
aflaminghalo 1st-Apr-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
I never got him when it was first on b/c I was too young. But now if I ever got hold of a time machine... first stop. No doubts.
nene718 1st-Apr-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
he never did it for me. scully thooooo
alanadelrey 1st-Apr-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
he was so beautiful in season 1 _
echoscreens 31st-Mar-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
haruhiko 1st-Apr-2014 12:31 am (UTC)
monkeyprincess7 1st-Apr-2014 02:50 am (UTC)
*turns into a puddle of goo*
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