(NEW YORK) — David Duchovny will return to The X-Files universe in early 2016, but in the meantime he’s starring in a new drama for NBC.
Aquarius, premiering Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time, is set in 1967 Los Angeles, and features Duchovny as a homicide detective investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who, it turns out, has become one of Charles Manson’s followers.
Duchovny believes that people’s memories of the 1960s have been tainted because of Manson, who’s played by Game of Thrones actor Gethin Anthony on the miniseries.
He told reporters, “The hippies got blamed for anarchy and murder through Charles Manson, he became a symbol.”
Duchovny is generally not a fan of cop dramas, but he argued that Aquarius takes a different approach to problem-solving.
He said, “I think the technology makes for really bad storytelling, ’cause you have these CSI things and it’s like just f***in’ dust it. Now we got our killer.”
“I’m like a Sherlock Holmes fan, deductive reasoning is a much more interesting way to solve. I actually like the Aquarius frame of mind better, which is, how do I outsmart this guy, how do I trap this guy. Not, he sneezed, we got him,” he continued.
Following the series premiere of Aquarius, NBC will release all 13 episodes on its website and mobile app.
You’ll be able to catch Duchovny in Fox’s X-Files revival beginning January 24, 2016.
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