NBC has settled on premiere dates for a summer lineup that will feature two tentpole reality stalwarts along with a new scripted drama series.
Unscripted mainstay “American Ninja Warrior” rolls out with a two-hour premiere Monday, May 25 (8-10 p.m.), followed by the two-hour 10th season premiere of “America’s Got Talent” one night later, Tuesday, May 26 (8-10 p.m.).Later in the week the new scripted drama series “Aquarius” bows with a two-hour episode Thursday, May 28 (9-11 p.m.). The show settles into its regular time slot Thursday, June 4 (9-10 p.m.).
“Hannibal” returns for its third season leading out from “Aquarius” June 4 at 10 p.m.
In an announcement, NBC says of “Aquarius”: “It’s 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and Vietnam is in full effect. When Emma (Emma Dumont, ‘Salvation’), the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer, goes missing, LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, ‘Californication,’ ‘The X-Files’) starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he’s questioning don’t take kindly to COPS, especially a cop with hair as short as his.”
Duchovny’s character soon runs across Charles Manson, played by Gethin Anthony of “Game of Thrones.”
NBC adds: “’Aquarius’ will explore the cat-and-mouse game between Manson and the police in those turbulent years leading up to the Infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.”
The network’s blurb on the “Hannibal” premiere says: “After the shocking events of the season finale, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen, ‘Casino Royale’) is on the run in Europe — accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson, ‘The X-Files’) — sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will (Hugh Dancy), Jack (Laurence Fishburne, ‘The Matrix,’ ‘CSI’) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas, ‘Wonderfalls,’ ‘The Pacific’) converge toward Hannibal again, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected ways, and nothing will ever be the same again.”