NBC is going to stream all 13 episodes of the upcoming David Duchovny series “Aquarius” following the season premiere on May 28.
The Charles Manson murder drama will be available to binge-view on NBC.com and the NBC app after the show’s two-hour linear network premiere, the network announced Wednesday. The entire series will also be offered to all other video-on-demand platforms for release at that time as well.
“With ‘Aquarius’ we have the opportunity to push some new boundaries to give our audience something no broadcast network has done before,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “We are fully aware how audiences want to consume multiple episodes of new television series faster and at their own discretion, and we’re excited to offer our viewers this same experience since all 13 episodes of this unique show have been produced and are ready to be seen. I appreciate the enthusiasm we’ve gotten from the producers of the show and our partner Marty Adelstein of Tomorrow Studios to launch this series in a new, forward-thinking way.”
According to the statement, one for the key aspects of the arrangement is that the show will be available to only a handful of certain advertising partners so the linear broadcast on NBC will mirror the commercial load on the VOD platforms, resulting in limited interruption both on-air and off.
The full 13 episodes will remain up on the various digital platforms for a four-week period, while each new one-hour episode will continue to premiere, as planned, each week in the 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot on NBC.
“Aquarius” follows a police detective chasing serial killer Charles Manson during the 1960s in the period before the infamous Sharon Tate murders. Duchovny stars as LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak and “Game of Thrones'” Gethin Anthony as Manson.
Writer John McNamara (“In Plain Sight,” “Profit”) will executive produce with Duchovny, Marty Adelstein (“Prison Break,” “Last Man Standing”) and Melanie Greene.
“Aquarius” will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC following the premiere on May 28.