NBC is taking a big leap and inviting fans to binge watch its upcoming Charles Manson drama, “Aquarius.”
On May 28, all 13 episodes of the new series will be available on streaming platforms, NBC.com, the NBC app, and On-Demand for four weeks. At the same time, the network will traditionally air one episode per week on Thursdays at 9 p.m.
This is a big deal, since it’s the first time a broadcast network will make an entire season of a new show available all at once — a strategy used successfully by streaming video companies like Netflix and Amazon.
“With ‘Aquarius’ we have the opportunity to push some new boundaries to give our audience something no broadcast network has done before,” NBC’s entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said in a statement.
He continued, “We are fully aware how audiences want to consume multiple episodes of new television series faster and at their own discretion, and we’re excited to offer our viewers this same experience since all 13 episodes of this unique show have been produced and are ready to be seen.”
Here are five reasons you should binge watch “Aquarius”:
1.) David Duchovny returns to TV.
After finishing up on Showtime’s “Calfornication” and before “The X-Files” reboot on Fox in the fall, you can catch Duchovny in the role of homicide detective Sam Hodiak. While investigating a girl’s disappearance, he comes across a growing group of drifters led by a young Charles Manson. The series takes place in Los Angeles circa 1967.
“Bunheads” star Emma Dumont, “True Blood’s” Grey Damon and “Game of Thrones” actor Gethin Anthony also star.
2.) It’s probably pretty good.
NBC wouldn’t drop an entire season of a new show on us if it didn’t think it was good, especially since it will also air an episode of the show each week on TV. If it were bad, then the negative buzz would spread like wildfire on social media and kill the subsequent airings of the show.
3.) Less advertising.
NBC is limiting the amount of advertisers who can buy time on “Aquarius,” which means that there will be shorter commercial breaks — both in streaming and on TV.
4.) There will be different, more provocative footage for streaming customers.
Show producers took advantage of the less stringent content rules on the internet, so the streaming episodes of “Aquarius” will include scenes that couldn’t be aired due to broadcast standards.
5.) Other networks will follow suit.
NBC is making a large leap here and all the other networks are watching. If the show does well in streaming, please believe that ABC, CBS, The CW, and Fox will do a similar release — a good thing for those of you who like to binge watch or truly choose how and when you watch TV.
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