Local SVOD provider Presto has confirmed it has acquired the exclusive first run Australian rights to Aquarius, a new drama series starring David Duchovny
The exclusive Australian premiere of the full season of Aquarius will be available to stream on demand by subscribers of Presto TV with all 13 episodes of the series available starting Friday May 29, the same day as the US premiere, for the first 28 days. Afterward, Presto will continue to screen each episode of Aquarius as it makes its linear broadcast run in the US and will keep all episodes available following the season’s conclusion. Duchovny stars as a cop who goes undercover to track Charles Manson and the infamous Manson family.
Set in 1967 Los Angeles, Aquarius is a 13-part special event series that marks David Duchovny’s return to broadcast television. Duchovny plays Sam Hodiak, a decorated World War II veteran and homicide detective with a complicated personal life.
Hodiak’s life is further complicated when he agrees to find Emma Karn (Emma Dumont, “Salvation”, “Bunheads”), the 16-year-old daughter of a former girlfriend who goes missing in a sea of Hippies.
Hodiak enlists the help of Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, “True Blood”, “Friday Night Lights”), a young idealistic undercover vice cop to infiltrate the Hippie counterculture. Together their investigation sees them track a small-time criminal and budding cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. That man is none other than the notorious Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony, “Game of Thrones”).
Featuring the psychedelic backdrop of the 60s, Aquarius also stars Australian actress Claire Holt as Charmain Tully, a beautiful young police officer trying to be taken seriously in a male dominated world. Queensland-born Holt was most recently seen on “The Originals” and had roles in “H20: Just Add Water”, “Pretty Little Liars”, “Messengers 2” and “Mean Girls 2”.
The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the warped Manson and eventually to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons.
Shaun James, Director of Presto and On Demand, said, “There has been huge anticipation for Aquarius, both for the historic and infamous subject matter the series is based on, but also for David Duchovny’s return to a major television role. Presto is delighted to have secured the exclusive first run Australian rights to air Aquarius from our partners Seven West Media and even more excited to bring all 13 episodes to our subscribers to binge on in full during its initial run.”
“We have always been committed to providing Presto subscribers with a compelling, evolving content offering and Aquarius is the first of a number of exclusive series we intend to launch on the service in coming months, so watch this space.”
For consumers yet to subscribe, Presto is currently offering new customers a free 30-day trial of the Presto Entertainment bundle subscription, providing access to Presto’s full TV and movie libraries, which includes access to Aquarius and other hit David Duchovny series The X-Files and Californication.