The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Anna Cald­well

DAVID Du­chovny signs up to TV shows not ex­pect­ing them to get past the first sea­son.

It’s not pes­simism, he says – it’s sim­ply re­al­ity.

But re­al­ity has never proved a bar­rier for the 55-year-old one­time sci-fi star turned all-around re­nais­sance man.

The ac­tor, known best for his multi-year stints on The X-Files and Cal­i­for­ni­ca­tion, is about to beat his first-sea­son-flop fear again with 1960s crime drama Aquar­ius hav­ing re­turned for year two this month.

“If you look at my num­bers, they just fly in the face of re­al­ity,” he says.

“I’ve done four shows and they’ve all gone mul­ti­ple years and that just doesn’t ever hap­pen.

“My tastes are not main­stream. There­fore, I think if I’m at­tracted to some­thing it will prob­a­bly die a hor­ri­ble lonely death.”

For sea­son two of Aquar­ius, Du­chovny re­turns as LAPD de­tec­tive Sam Ho­diak in the Charles Man­son era.

“He’s try­ing to save the world that’s al­ready been de­stroyed and I find that to be heroic in a doomed way which is the best kind of hero­ism in drama any­way,” Du­chovny says.

It’s TV suc­cess sto­ries like these, Du­chovny says, that have al­lowed him to branch into other creative pur­suits.

The dual Ivy league de­gree holder is get­ting rave re­views for his March-re­leased novel Buck F------ Dent, as is his moves to dab­ble in mu­sic with his 2015 de­but al­bum Hell or High­wa­ter.

“Part of it is get­ting to a point in my life where I had enough suc­cess in one area,” he says when asked if he was tran­si­tion­ing to all around re­nais­sance guy.

“I’d love to say I have the balls to try all these new things with­out a net but in many ways my net was my suc­cess as an ac­tor. So I can’t claim the brav­ery that I want to.”



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