By Dan Snierson
Updated March 31, 2014 at 10:06 PM EDT
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The truth about Charles Manson is out there — and David Duchovny is on the case.

NBC announced Monday that it has ordered Aquarius, a late-’60s-set drama in which The X-Files veteran and Californication star will play an L.A. police sergeant tracking a low-level criminal and aspiring cult leader who is recruiting young women for his “cause” — and his name is Charles Manson. “The twists and turns of a complicated undercover operation will lead Duchovny’s character and his young partner to the brink of Manson’s crimes that will eventually lead to the Tate-LaBianca murders in subsequent seasons,” according to the network. Manson was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in 1971 and is currently serving a life sentence in California’s Corcoran State Prison.

Aquarius — which was given a 13-episode order before shooting a pilot and is being billed as an “event series” — will be executive produced by Duchovny, writer John McNamara (In Plain Sight, Profit), Marty Adelstein and Melanie Greene.

The seventh and final season of Duchovny’s Californication kicks off April 13 on Showtime.

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