David is celebrating his birthday today! I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to David and hope he has a wonderful day. 🙂
Aquarius will be moving to Saturdays on August 27th.
‘Aquarius’ Renewal Chances Slim After Time Slot Downgrade – TCA
Last summer, NBC moved in to quickly renew the David Duchovny drama series Aquarius despite soft linear ratings. The show had gotten a dual rollout, with the entire season made available for streaming right after the series premiere on NBC. As the linear ratings eroded further following the renewal, Aquarius was moved from Thursday to the low-trafficked Saturday night.
For a second consecutive year, NBC has downgrading Aquarius‘ time slot, this time without a renewal in hand. The Charles Manson drama will move to Saturdays after the Olympics on August 27. In the most recent Live+7 ratings available, Aquarius logged a modest 0.6 in adults 18-49, up from 0.4 in Live+Same Day.
At TCA on Tuesday, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke did not sound optimistic about Aquarius’ renewal chances. “David and the talent are really important to us, and we’ll continue to support the show wherever we put it,” Salke said, admitting that bringing back the series for a third season would be “tough.”
Aquarius showrunner John McNamara sounded more upbeat when announcing the scheduling change on Twitter.
#Aquarius update. Being moved to Saturdays; rest of Season 2 will air starting 8/27. We've survived this once… and will again. Semper Fi.
— John McNamara (@johnthemcnamara) August 1, 2016
Internal affairs turns up the heat on Hodiak, but a tragedy interrupts the investigation. Meanwhile, Dennis Wilson’s courtship with Emma ignites jealousy in Manson. Dennis takes Emma and Manson to meet a record producer who lives at 10050 Cielo Drive – the future home of the Tate family.
Unlike the first season of the Charles Manson drama, season two’s 13 episodes will not be available early on VOD and streaming.
NBC is hoping to give sophomore drama Aquarius an extra boost when it returns in June.
The David Duchovny-led series, which centers on the hunt for Charles Manson in the late 1960s, will kick off with an ad-free, two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The sole ad during the two-hour season premiere will be a one-minute local news break during the second hour. The June 16 telecast will be the only chance for viewers to watch the season premiere sans commercials. The episodes will air with commercials when they head to online and digital platforms.
The following week, Aquarius will move to its regular timeslot of Thursdays at 10 p.m.
This is the latest out-of-the-box approach NBC has used to attract viewers to Aquarius. Last year, for the first time ever, the network made all 13 season-one episodes available to watch on VOD and streaming the day that the series premiered. The episodes remained available for the first four weeks of the series’ run.
However, Aquarius drew tepid numbers and was eventually moved, along with the since-canceled Hannibal, from Thursdays to Saturdays. When it returns this summer, the drama will join an unscripted-heavy slate that includes reality competitions like America’s Got Talent, as well as the new variety show Marty & Maya.
In its season-two announcement, NBC noted the number of upscale viewers that tuned in for the first season.
In addition to Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont, Claire Holt, Michaela McManus, Brian F. O’Byrne, Chance Kelly, Ambyr Childers, Madisen Beaty and Cameron Deane Stewart also star. The series hails from executive producers John McNamara (The Magicians), Marty Adelstein (Teen Wolf), Becky Clements (Last Man Standing), Melanie Greene and Duchovny. Aquarius is produced by Tomorrow Studios.
If you would like to watch a late-night interview that is more bleeps than words, look no further than David Duchovny on The Late Show Wednesday night. The X-Files star stopped by Stephen Colbert’s show to promote his new novel, the name of which contains a curse word. So the pair couldn’t say it without a bleep. They couldn’t show the book cover without blurring the word. Heck, we can’t even write it here unless we do this: Bucky (Expletive) Dent.
Since the CBS censor was going to get a workout during this segment anyways, Duchovny and Colbert used this opportunity to let the f-bombs (we assume) fly. We’d say this was NSFW, but CBS has made sure it’s very, very safe.