NBC orders Charles Manson drama series, starring David Duchovny

NBC announced on Monday that the network put in a series order for a Charles Manson drama with David Duchovny in a starring role.

The event series will be 13-episodes long and follow Duvhovny in the 1960s as a Los Angeles police sergeant. He ends up on the trail of a small-time criminal who has started to put together his own cult. He and his partner undergo an undercover operation as Charles Manson begins to recruit young women.

NBC noted that the series will eventually cover the Sharon Tate and Rosemary LaBianca murders, in what sounds like following seasons, should the first prove successful.

Duchovny is also on board to executive produce with writer John McNamara, Marty Adelstein and Melanie Greene.

"Event series are a big priority for us, and the combination of a show that charts the lead-up to the Manson murders, along with a television star of the magnitude of David Duchovny, is the very definition of an event," said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt added, "After being involved in the production of both 'The X-Files' and 'Californication,' it gives me great pleasure to work with David Duchovny for the third time."

Duchovny will be seen in the upcoming final season of the Showtime hit Californication starting in April. The veteran TV actor has won two Golden Globes, one for X-Files and the other for Californication and has been nominated four times for an Emmy award.

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