Just as we were surprised to learn that NBC canceled “Hannibal” right in the middle of its third season, we are equally surprised today with the news that the network has already decided to order a second season of “Aquarius,” their new David Duchovny show that was famously placed on the network’s website and app prior to it even delivering an entire season’s worth of programming.
In a statement today, NBC’s own Jennifer Salke explained that it is in part the show’s digital performance that is the reason why we are seeing more of the series. After all, its performance when it comes to the ratings (which have not always been great) may leave something to be desired:
“With its riveting drama and innovative release strategy,Aquarius has excited the critics, hooked millions of viewers and energized our summer. It’s no secret that the way people watch television is evolving, so we took a unique approach to how we delivered Aquarius and it’s driven some record numbers for NBC Digital and helped us reach viewers who might have otherwise overlooked a great summer drama.”
What this does do more than anything else is certainly make Duchovny’s work schedule moving forward a little more complicated than it would be otherwise. He is doing six episodes coming up for “The X-Files,” and while this show is coming back, we envision that schedule-wise he could continue to work on both shows so long as the episode orders remain roughly about the same.
We will have some other news about “Aquarius” and its unusual position as time goes by, but for the time being what do you think about this renewal news, and the timing of it? Share below, and be sure to head over here if you are interested in getting some other updates on all we cover, courtesy of our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: NBC.)