Premiering May 28 on NBC, the freshman series Aquarius centers on Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny), a homicide detective who’s searching for the missing daughter (Emma Dumont) of an ex-girlfriend in 1967 Los Angeles. A mixture of hardboiled, sunshine noir and historical fiction, Aquarius also stars Gethin Anthony as Charles Manson.
Along with the anticipated premiere of Aquarius, Duchovny is also returning to The X-Files universe with Gillian Anderson and producer/writer Chris Carter. The trio’s last collaboration was the 2008 feature The X-Files: I Want To Believe.
“I’m happy to be going back. We’re going to do six episodes of The X-Files in June. It’ll be interesting to see what we got, you know? It’ll be interesting to see who we are now and what stories we’re going to tell. I don’t know anything more about it than that – just that I’m excited to work with Gillian and Chris again.“
Though he had a long, successful run with the beloved Showtime series “Californication” and is preoccupied with his latest TV projects, Duchovny has also found time to pursue a nascent music career.
Duchovny started playing guitar five years ago to not only expand his creative horizons but to also show his children the importance of honing one’s craft through making mistakes, learning, and persevering. With his newfound musicianship, Duchovny started songwriting. “I’m a simple rock ‘n roll guy and the songs were fairly simple – just bare bones,” says Duchovny. ” I thought – well maybe I can write in this vein.”
As for returning as Fox Mulder, Duchovny added that any slight personality changes can probably be credited to Father Time.
“It’s important that (Mulder is) not the exact same guy. He’s 22 years older than when we first met him – so his character is the same. He’s not gonna have a French accent all of a sudden. He’s a little older.”
In the video below, Duchovny briefly talks about his return to The X-Files and his latest journey as a singer/songwriter (his debut album “Hell or Highwater” comes out May 12).