Charles Manson

Next year, NBC will take us back to the ‘1960s for some good old-fashioned serial killing during the summer of love, and we now know who’ll be playing the all-important supporting role of cult-leading psychopath Charles Manson.

Set in 1967, Aquarius stars David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication) as Los Angeles police detective Sam Hodiak, a by-the-book cop tasked with locating the missing teenage daughter of a prominent lawyer. Unfortunately, his search for answers is hindered by lack of cooperation among the local hippie community, with the acid-dropping, free-loving crowd not taking too kindly to questions from “the man.”

Desperate, Hodiak teams up with rebellious young undercover cop Brian Shafe (Star-Crossed’s Grey Damon) to infiltrate the underground scene. Their collective efforts lead them to the trail of a manipulative, charismatic figure named Charlie Manson, a man destined to become one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Many actors have attempted to embody Manson’s insanity, and according to TVLine, the latest will be former Game of Thrones actor Gethin Anthony. The role will represent uncharted waters for Anthony, who has been acting for less than a decade. While Duchovny is the biggest marquee name in the cast, and (rightly) the first billed star, much of Aquarius’ success will likely rise and fall with Anthony’s portrayal of Manson. A compelling villain is a vital component to any successful serialized drama, and Duchovny’s protagonist is only going to be interesting if his antagonist comes off as a tangible threat.

An exact premiere date for Aquarius has yet to be determined, but it is scheduled to air during the 2014-2015 broadcast season. Here’s hoping NBC’s latest foray into serial killers and detectives turns out even close to as good as Bryan Fuller’s masterful drama Hannibal.

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