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Aquarius season 2 premiere: NBC to air commercial-free episode

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The age of Aquarius, indeed. NBC announced Tuesday that the period crime drama’s upcoming season 2 premiere will run for a full two hours without breaks.

This commercial-free telecast is an unprecedented move for a television network, and it isn’t the first time Aquarius has broken the rules. Following its series premiere last May, the first season of the David Duchovny drama was released in its entirety to be streamed online, making it the first network drama to try such an approach. That strategy worked well enough for Aquarius to get a second-season pickup a month after its premiere.

Aquarius follows Detective Sam Hodiak (Duchovny), a 1960s cop on the hunt for Charles Manson (played by Game of Thrones‘ Gethin Anthony). The season 2 premiere will air from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 16, on NBC, and will then shift to its normal 10 p.m. ET time slot for its usual hourlong episodes the following week.