Thursday nights just got a little scarier this summer. NBC announced its summer schedule today, and one if its key nights features two shows expected to frighten even the most courageous of fans. The new drama “Aquarius” starring David Duchovny will make its debut with a two-hour premiere May 28 starting at 9pm. The following week, June 4, will see “Hannibal” follow up the hotly-anticipated new series at 10pm.
“Aquarius” is a period drama focusing on a pair of detectives who are assigned to track a young Charles Manson before he became infamous for his grisly crimes. The events of the series take place in the time leading up to the Sharon Tate & LaBianca family murders. Most notably, however, “Aquarius” marks Duchovny’s return not only to broadcast television, but also as a gun-wielding detective. If he’s half the agent Fox Mulder was on “The X-Files,” “Aquarius” will be one of summer’s best shows.
Much has also been made of NBC’s decision to push “Hannibal” to the summer months. Though fans have been upset over the lengthy wait between seasons, the Bryan Fuller-led series shouldn’t have to live up to such high ratings standards during the less-viewed months. That means it could have an easier time getting the green light for Season 4, which, in the end, is what everyone wants.
UPDATE: In the rush to publish this exciting news, this author overlooked an extremely exciting bit of information related to the back-to-back scheduling of “Aquarius” and “Hannibal.” With Gillian Anderson joining “Hannibal” as a series regular for Season 3, the release combination reunites “X-Files” stars Duchovny and Anderson as closely as possible without being on the same show. Optimists could even look at NBC’s Thursday night summer lineup as being a two-hour block of alt-world “X-Files” fan fiction. So join us, please, in our optimistic fervor.
NBC also announced premiere dates for a few reality shows, but did not release when “Welcome to Sweden” Season 2 would begin. Enough said.