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DAVID DUCHOVNY TAKES ON CHARLES MANSON IN NBC’S AQUARIUS

New York, NY – TV Guide Magazine features David Duchovny, star of the upcoming NBC series Aquarius, on its new cover. The double issue, dated May 18-31, hits newsstands today.

Senior writer Rob Moynihan traveled to the Los Angeles set of Aquarius, NBC’s gritty new drama that chronicles the early development of the Manson Family. The series is centered around homicide detective Sam Hodiak (Duchovny), whose search for a missing girl leads him to discover a young Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). Here are a few excerpts from Duchovny:

On Hodiak vs. The X-Files lead Agent Fox Mulder:

“Hodiak is more proactive and less investigative than Mulder. The X-Files is a show where you’re chasing big mysteries, but Hodiak is chasing killers. So the mystery is a whodunit and not a what-the-hell-did-it.”

On portraying the ‘60s:

“It’s such a fertile area for stories because our characters are standing right on the point of history where things are going to go to utopia – where the hippies want to go – or things are going to turn dark, as it does for Manson. Hodiak either has to come along or get left behind.”

On The X-Files 6-episode reboot, set to air next season:

“It just happened. We were all able to come together at this moment. We started this show 23 years ago, and here we are still doing it. In some way, it’s a show that never ended.”

Aquarius tackles the ‘60s at its core, covering the many social issues - war, drugs, sex, murder, feminism, race relations – that were hot button issues of the era. The series is committed to portraying the time as accurately as possible, which means racy content and a definite risk for the network in a primetime slot.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt says, “The lines are blurring more, and [Aquarius] has darker edges and themes than the average show,” referring to the explicit orgies and drug use that were rampant in the Manson camp. In order to remaining true to the story, NBC filmed two versions of every episode. An edited version will air on the network, with the more explicit one to later be released on Amazon and internationally. NBC is also making all 13 episodes of the series available at once for streaming online.

Click HERE to read the full cover story and to watch exclusive interview footage with David Duchovny.

David Letterman has been a late night staple for 33 years. On Wednesday, May 20, the beloved host will say his farewell when the final episode of Late Show With David Letterman airs on CBS. TV Guide Magazine talked to some of Dave’s favorite guests for a tribute:

Billy Crystal:  “Some people are just born for a job. That’s Dave. When he was born and the doctor slapped him, he went, ‘Well, good evening ladies and gentlemen.’”

Will Forte, on his first Late Show appearance: “As part of the segment, I’m supposed to stab Dave’s hand with a pair of scissors. It was a pair of real scissors and I was super nervous and terrified I was accidentally going to stab him. Fortunately, [the stunt] worked. That was the way I met one of my all time comedy heroes.”

Amy Sedaris: “Sometimes he’s in the mood to talk to you during the break and sometimes not. Sometimes he’ll ask you a question like, ‘Oh have you ever done heroin before?’ He’ll trip you up to be funny.”

Dr Phil:  “I had a list in my pocket of names he had called me: quack, half-baked quack, guy that approves your check ant the grocery store. I pulled the list out and he was squirming. I read those off and he just died laughing.”

 

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

 

~        Fall 2015 upfront preview:  Multigenerational family sitcoms, superheroes, and gritty medical dramas are going to be at the forefront of the new season. ABC is bringing back The Muppets, Fox has revived The X-Files, CBS will premiere Supergirl, The CW brings DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to life, while NBC debuts Chicago Med and Heartbreaker. A look at all of next season’s new series, and where they’ll be scheduled.

~        Exclusive Game of Thrones behind the scenes photos. The cast and crew reveal all the blush, sweat and fears that went into filming Season 5 of HBO’s epic series.

~        How the West was won: Meet the stars of History’s 10-part miniseries Texas Rising.

~        Summer reality preview:  What’s in store on new seasons of The Bachelorette, America’s Got Talent, Catfish, Big Brother, and more.

AND:

 

~        Matt Roush reviews the season finales of Grey’s Anatomy and Justified, and bids adieu to David Letterman, plus his top 10 must-see shows.

~        Network presidents sum up their development seasons and make their picks for the season’s biggest game changer.

~        Q&A with The Young and the RestlessMelody Thomas Scott and Outlander’s Tobias Menzies.

~        My Obsessions: Bones’ Tamara Taylor on what she’s watching.

~        Beauty Call:  How make-up artist Eldo Ray Estes keeps Hilary Duff looking so fresh on TV Land’s Younger.

~        Introducing scene stealer Carla Gugino from Wayward Pines.

~        Plus:  Cheers & Jeers, Horoscope, Crossword, Primetime Listings and more!

 

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Date: 
Thursday, May 14, 2015