Created by John McNamara, the Charles Manson drama was set in Los Angeles in 1967 and followed Detective Sam Hodiak (Duchovny) after he embarked on an undercover investigation of the cult leader.
The series debuted in May of 2015 and was picked up straight to series. Following the premiere, the full first season was released on NBC’s website and mobile apps for for weeks. The second season aired in June of 2016 and drew low ratings.
Sources told Variety that several actors were released from their contracts a few months ago. During NBC’s Television Critics Association panel in August, the network’s entertainment president Jennifer Salke told reporters that the chances for a renewal for the drama were “tough.”
In June, “Aquarius” received some backlash in its second season after Sharon Tate’s sister called for a boycott of the series because of the way her sibling’s murder was depicted.
The cancellation of the drama could now open up opportunities for Duchovny to return for another installment of “The X-Files,” if Fox plans to move forward with more episodes.