NBC will launch season two of a prime-time drama series with a special two-hour commercial-free premiere broadcast. The network announced plans today for the special season launch for “Aquarius,” which will air Thursday, June 16, from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
The show stars David Duchovny as an LAPD officer pursuing Charles Manson.
“The 120-minute telecast will have absolutely no breaks for commercials or network promos, with the only stoppage coming for a one-minute local news break during the show’s second hour,” NBC said in its announcement. “The NBC telecast on June 16 will be the only chance to watch the episodes completely commercial free. When those episodes move to their online and digital platforms following the NBC telecast, a normal commercial load will ensue.”
The series moves to its normal 10 p.m. time slot the following week, airing June 23.
“‘Aquarius’ in 2015 became the first broadcast series to be streamed in its entirety following its debut, with NBC making all 13 episodes available online for the four weeks following its initial NBC telecast,” the announcement notes, citing online viewing as a factor in the show’s success.