“The development season is a fool’s errand,” exclaims Marty Adelstein, who recently formed Tomorrow Studios, a shingle under ITV Studios U.S. to develop scripted series. A founding partner at Endeavor and on-the-lot TV producer at 20th Century Fox TV, the industry vet was referring to the edgy cop series Aquarius — and his hard-won liberation from the red tape that often clogs the development process at a TV network, notably the unnecessary script notes and the labor-intensive pilot processs. The show stars David Duchovny as an L.A. cop trailing Charles Manson in 1967, and it’s one of a growing number series to go straight from script to production thanks to foreign distributors that raise financing via regional sale licenses. In the case of Aquarius, ITV Studios Global Entertainment is the distributor. NBC took the U.S. license and will premiere the show early next year.
In a year packed with new series, Aquarius, the new period thriller starring David Duchovny, has been one of the most-talked about fiction shows at this year's MIPCOM international television market. The show, which will premiere on NBC, features Duchovny as an L.A. cop in the 1960s on the trail of Charles Manson. Grey Damon co-stars as a young, rebellious detective who goes undercover to help him while Game of Thrones actor Gethin Anthony plays Manson.
Launching major new drama series these days is a complicated business that demands so much more than just a great script and an A-List line-up of talent. Cutting through the noise to get the show noticed by buyers is one major challenge, and then, of course, there’s the matter of the fierce and unrelenting competition from other high-end drama series. Ruth Clarke, director of acquisitions and co-productions at ITV Studios, reveals her strategy for the company’s big launch at this market, the US network drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny, which has its first ever screening at MIPCOM.
Aquarius is the first project out of Tomorrow ITV Studios, the new joint-venture prodco ITV Studios and Endeavor Talent Agency co-founder Marty Adelstein created earlier this year to make straight-to-series projects.
WATCH 2 CLIPS: David Duchovny gives a thumbs up as he casually strolls in Los Angeles as he's followed by photogs. The iconic actor who starred in "The X-Files" and "Californication", was seen at LAX. October 1, 2014.
David Duchovny photographed at the Los Angeles International Airport. October 1, 2014. A few days ago we've seen him without his finger tattoo, it turns out it was only good makeup for his role in Aquarius! His tattoo looks pretty much the same in pictures below: