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NBC Sets Summer Premiere Dates for ‘Aquarius,’ ‘Hannibal’

NBC has laid out premiere dates for its tentpole summer programming, which includes a pair of reality staples and scripted dramas “Aquarius” and “Hannibal.”

The Peacock kicks off summer on Memorial Day night (May 25) with the two-hour premiere of “American Ninja Warrior,” followed the next night by the two-hour return of summer’s most popular program for the last nine years, “America’s Got Talent.” Both shows will air from 8 to 10.

Aquarius,” which explores the cat-and-mouse game between Charles Manson and the police in the years leading up to the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders in the late 1960s, will bow on Thursday, May 28, with a special two-hour opener. It will regularly air at 9 p.m.

“Aquarius” stars David Duchovny as LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak, Grey Damon as young undercover cop Brian Shafe, and Gethin Anthony as Manson.

Hannibal” returns Thursday, June 4, and will air in the 10 o’clock hour, where its scripted competition will include CBS’ “Under the Dome” starting June 25. In its second season last spring, “Hannibal” averaged a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.7 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates.

The Thursday timeslot marks a return to the night “Hannibal” aired on during its first season. It played on Fridays in 2014.

NBC is expected to announce additional summer programming at a later time.

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