NBC has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order for the drama Aquarius, starring two-time Golden Globe Award winner David Duchovny in his return to broadcast television.

In this gripping drama series set in the late 1960s, Duchovny stars as a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life who starts tracking a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his "cause." The name of that man is Charles Manson. The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny's character and his young partner to the brink of Manson's crimes that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.

Writer John McNamara (In Plain Sight, Profit) will executive produce with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (Prison Break, Last Man Standing) and Melanie Greene.

Here's what NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had to say about the series in a statement.

"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. We're thrilled to be working with these talented producers, including Marty Adelstein and creator John McNamara, to present something truly original."

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt had this to say in his statement.

"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 on this compelling drama. I'm especially pleased that he wanted to come to NBC where I know there is a big audience waiting to see him."

David Duchovny add his own statement.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Bob Greenblatt again and coming back to broadcast television. I think Aquarius has a chance to be a special show and I can't wait to get going."

Duchovny is a TV veteran who had a recurring role on the hit show Twin Peaks before co-starring for nine seasons as Fox Mulder in the iconic series The X-Files with Gillian Anderson. In April, he will begin his seventh season on Showtime's comedy Californication.

Duchovny won Golden Globes for both The X-Files and Californication and has been nominated on seven other occasions for his work on those landmark series. He has received four Emmy nominations - two for lead actor in a drama for The X-Files and as a guest actor for The Larry Sanders Show and Life with Bonnie.

His other wins include the TV Guide Awards, American Comedy Awards, the U.K. National Television Awards and Satellite Awards.

Duchovny has received nine nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, and was also nominated by the Producers Guild of America, the BAFTA's, Television Critics Assn. and People's Choice Awards.

Duchovny is repped by manager Melanie Greene at Affirmative Entertainment, agent Steve Alexander at Resolution and attorney Peter Nelson at Nelson Davis Wetzstein.

Aquarius is produced by ITV Studios America in association with Marty Adelstein Productions.