NBC Cancels ‘Aquarius’ After Two Seasons

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October 3rd, 2016

Fans of the NBC summer series Aquarius will be disappointed to learn of its fate. NBC has opted not to renew the series for season three.

Set in the 1960s, Aquarius followed Detective Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) as he solved murders and interacted with the soon-to-be-infamous Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). Inspired by the real events leading up to the Manson Family Murders, the series introduced the fictional Emma Karn (Emma Dumont) as the audience’s in for the Manson family.

The second season found itself with ratings difficulties as it was moved from Thursdays to Saturdays following Olympic coverage. Aquarius also faced a move to Saturday nights in its first season, but in season one it had the benefit of getting people hooked after NBC released the entirety of season one on its digital platforms and a season two renewal before the move happened.

The silver lining is that it does open up the cast members to have availability to pursue other projects. NBC had already released some of the cast members from their contracts this summer.

David Duchovny was unable to commit to another season of The X-Files as a result of scheduling conflicts. Emma Dumont was also recently cast on a new web series while this leaves Claire Holt available to reprise her role on The Originals. Grey Damon also recently became a villain for The Flash series and Gethin Anthony has a few movies on the way.

The first season of Aquarius is available on DVD and blu-ray. The second season is available on NBC’s app.