Set in 1967 Los Angeles, Aquarius featured David Duchovny as a detective that finds himself in the world of the Manson Family. The series had been one of the network’s summer properties in both of its years on the air and had garnered controversy in season 2 for how the drama elected to handle the murder of Sharon Tate. Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister, called for viewers to boycott the show over it.
According to Variety, several of the actors were released from their contracts months ago. Even without that information, the end of Aquarius seemed like a distinct possibility based on their ratings history. Both seasons saw the number of viewers dwindle substantially between the premiere and finale. Mixed reviews from critics off the hop probably didn’t do the show any favors.
If there’s a big ol’ positive to be squeezed out of this for David Duchovny, it’s that his schedule is now a bit more X-Files friendly. Better yet, it’s also now Red Shoe Diaries reboot friendly too! C’mon Hollywood, make this dream come to true for America!