NBC is still celebrating the age of “Aquarius,” and has given a second season to the drama that stars David Duchovny as a cop investigating Charles Manson in 1960s Los Angeles.
The period drama also made broadcast history for using a modern technique when it debuted earlier this year — NBC released the entire first season on its digital platforms after the season premiere, marking the first major network to utilize the binge-watching model, launched by the likes of Netflix and Hulu. The digital release resulted in the first episode being the most-watched summer series premiere ever on NBC.com and the NBC App.
While it’s unlikely that the binge strategy will be used for season two, since they achieved their goal of generating enough buzz and viewers with the initial binge-season, it is something the brass are very proud of and will likely prompt other broadcasters to follow suit with upcoming series launches.
“With its riveting drama and innovative release strategy, ‘Aquarius’ has excited the critics, hooked millions of viewers and energized our summer,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered ‘Aquarius,’ and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama.”
Duchovny, a TV fan-favorite, is also a draw for the network, as he’ll be sure to garner continued interest from his long-time fans with Fox’s upcoming “X-Files” reboot, which debuts early next year.
While no episode order has been given to the second season of “Aquarius,” another short order seems likely, following the 13 episodes for Season 1. Duchovny recently told Variety he’s privy to shorter orders, saying, “I would never have gone and done another 22 episodes of ‘X-Files, but we’re going to do six — well, that’s like doing a movie. That’s like continuing the show in a way that we all can do at this point in our lives so that’s it all came about.”
“Aquarius” also stars Gethin Anthony as Manson, Emma Dumont, Grey Damon and Claire Holt. Writer John McNamara serves as exec producer with Marty Adelstein, Melanie Greene and Duchovny. The series is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios.