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David Duchovny to star in Charles Manson drama

March 31st, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Former The X Files actor David Duchovny has been cast to star in a new TV drama about the search for mass murderer Charles Manson.

Bosses at America's NBC network have placed a 13 episode, straight-to-series order for a show titled Aquarius, which centres on a Los Angeles Police sergeant's hunt for the serial killer in the 1960s.

The project reunites Duchovny with NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who previously worked with the actor on both The X Files and Californication.

Duchovny has shared his excitement for the new project and new collaboration with Greenblatt in a statement ...

Californication to end after seven seasons

December 10th, 2013 3:10am EST
David Duchovny's TV series Californication is to end in 2014 after seven seasons.

The final 12 episodes of the dark comedy, in which the former The X-Files star played a womanising novelist with writer's block, will air from April (14).

The acclaimed series, which also features British actress Natascha McElhone and former Sex and the City star Evan Handler, has won several awards, including two Emmys, and Duchovny picked up a Best Actor Golden Globe for his role in 2008.

David Duchovny refused to let Gillian Anderson appear on Californication

October 15th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
David Duchovny
Actor David Duchovny has banned his The X Files co-star Gillian Anderson from landing a guest role on his hit TV series Californication in an effort to preserve the memory of their FBI special agent characters.

The actors, who portrayed Fox Mulder and Dana Scully for nine years on the cult sci-fi show, reunited on Saturday (12Oct13) to discuss The X Files at New York's Paley Center for Media, and during the chat, Anderson revealed she's been repeatedly snubbed by her old pal on Californication, in which Duchovny plays a troubled, womanising writer.

She quipped, "Come on, I could have been...

Hank Is A 'Disasterpiece' in Californication

January 14th, 2013 11:23am EST
The hit Showtime series, Californication is back for its sixth season with an amazing lineup of guest stars (like Marilyn Manson) and more comedic dark struggles for Hank Moody (played by Golden Globe winner David Duchovny), whom we have unfortunately grown to love.

The first episode begins when Hank wakes up in the hospital after his ex, Carrie, unsuccessfully tried to kill him with a deadly ‘you broke my heart, you son-of-a b&*$%’ cocktail. Sadly, she also had a taste of her own medicine and will not be waking up ever again from her booze induced ride on the crazy train. Only in his drea...

Showtime Sunday Nights Return with 'Shameless,' 'House of Lies,' 'Californication'

January 13th, 2013 9:00am EST
Showtime is the channel to be watching on Sunday nights. After the nail-biting returns of Dexter and Homeland, the premium cabler is now bringing the laughs with new seasons of Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication, starting tonight.

All three shows have some element of people behaving badly, whether it's Frank Gallagher's lack of parenting or Hank Moody's ever-growing list of flings. That concept works better for some shows than it does others. Season six of Californication is the same debauchery with a different theme. After trying the film world in season four, this time around ...

Sebastian Bach Joins 'Californication'

May 31st, 2012 8:53am EDT
Sebastian Bach
Rocker Sebastian Bach is heading to the small screen to play a rock star in the new series of Californication.

The former Skid Row singer has signed up to portray a guitar player on David Duchovny's popular TV drama, and Bach filmed his scenes for the episode last week.

He shared the news with fans on his page by uploading a photo of himself posing with Duchovny underneath a huge poster bearing his image with the caption: "Very excited to be on the show! I play a guitar player as you can see by this pic..."

"My role on the show is killer and interesting and I am honored t...

'The Tree Of Life' Wins Gold At ASC Awards

February 13th, 2012 9:19am EST
The Tree of Life
Brad Pitt's movie The Tree Of Life landed the top prize at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) awards gala in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The picture landed the Feature Film trophy for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, seeing off competition from The Artist, Hugo, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The ceremony, held at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, also produced honors for TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Californication, while veteran actor Harrison Ford was handed the Board of Governors Award for his career ...

'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' And 'Californication' Renewed By Showtime

February 2nd, 2012 10:31am EST
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Shameless, House of Lies and Californication will be back for new seasons next year, thanks to an early season renewal from Showtime.

The cable network renewed Shameless for a third season and Californication for a sixth. House of Lies, which debuted with 3.98 million viewers in its premiere week, will return for season two.

Dexter remains Showtime's biggest ratings pull, but Shameless holds steady in second place, averaging 4.7 million viewers per week, once DVR and rerun airings are factored in. The show is up 30 percent in overall viewership since last year, when the premiere pulled i...

Q&A: 'Love In The Wild' Host Darren McMullen

August 10th, 2011 3:11pm EDT
Love In The Wild
Dating is hard enough, but then to throw nature into the mix seems downright insane. That's the premise of NBC's Love In The Wild. Backstage at America's Got Talent, the show's host, Darren McMullen, talked with me recently about the scary perils of nature and his interest in reality television (including our mutual affection for one show in particular!)

We've seen dating shows before, but this is a particularly weird concept for one.

Oh, I could probably think of a weirder one, but it's good. It seems to work. We have legitimate couples going on, which is more than can be said for a lot ...

Inside Showtime's Adult Thursday Night Lineup

April 6th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Starting tomorrow, Showtime is rolling out an explicitly adult lineup on late-night Thursdays - one that puts the "adults only" mythos back into premium cable.

The evening begins with the final season of Secret Diary of a Call Girl (10:30 PM ET/PT). It's the end of the road for Hannah/Belle (Billie Piper, who will always be Rose Tyler from Doctor Who to me). Now in charge of things since former madam Stephanie is behind bars, Hannah/Belle has to take a look at her life and decide what she wants out of it, especially since she's also entering into a romantic relationship with her best ...

'Californication' Finale: Is Hank Heading To The Big House?

March 26th, 2011 11:00pm EDT
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Now that Californication's Hank Moody has been convicted of statutory rape, it's time for him to face the music.

Sunday's season finale (9/8c on Showtime) finds Hank (David Duchovny) awaiting his sentencing, and the outcome floors him. But you shouldn't necessarily expect the show's next season to resemble Oz.

With Hank's secret revealed, how much Californication is left?

"The consequences were never about the true legal repercussions," creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos tells

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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: CBS, Showtime & CW - From 'Chaos' To 'Kick-Ass'

January 18th, 2011 11:10am EST
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After spending time getting to know FOX on Tuesday, I handled three networks a few days later. Friday at the TCAs (Television Critics Association) was devoted to CBS and its two sister networks, Showtime and The CW. All three brought their midseason shows, as well as executive sessions and a CW panel devoted to the "kick-ass" women of their various series. Here's the dish from the Eye and beyond:

CBS Executive Session

CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler was on the hot seat Friday morning. She was quizzed on CBS' emphasis on legal and procedural shows- what with three CSI's, two NC...

'Californication' Season 4 Advance Review

January 8th, 2011 7:08pm EST
My Showtime preview concludes today with a look at season four of Californication, which debuts tomorrow on the premium network along with Episodes and Shameless.

A friend of mine once told me that she thought David Duchovny was a one-trick pony. I had to agree with her; I loved him in his now-iconic role as Special Agent Fox Mulder on The X-Files, but then I saw the absolutely dreadful Evolution and couldn't believe I was watching the same actor. Even in the second X-Files feature, he seemed at times to be simply going through the motions. To me, his performance here feels like a versi...

What Can We Expect To See In Season 4 Of 'Californication'?

January 6th, 2011 10:29am EST
Californication Season 4
So, “Californication” is returning soon, and everyone’s favorite blind-in-one-eye leading man David Duchovny reprises his role as the perpetually creatively-blocked novelist Hank Moody. And I bet you real money he’s going to be having sex with people this season. Lots of sex. That he’ll feel bad about later.

Actually, that’s the entirety of “Californication.” Hank Moody has sex, feels bad about it later, then does it again. But gosh if he isn’t just so darn loveable.

I know the show is about that cycle. I know the show is supposed to be about how Hank Moody is a sex addict, and how he’s t...

Returning Mid-Season Shows: What's Worth Watching?

January 4th, 2011 12:00pm EST
The new 'American Idol'
We’ve already been over what new shows are premiering mid-season. There are lots of returning favorites as well, and some promise to be some of this year’s highest-rated programs. Others are sure to be stinkers. Here’s our guide to what’s returning, and what’s worth watching.

‘V’ – ABC, Jan. 4

Starring Elizabeth Mitchell (‘LOST’) as FBI agent Erica Evans and Morena Baccarin as the leader of the visitors, this season kicks off after a long hiatus. ABC calls it “a show we’d like to run as uninterrupted as possible.” Time will tell if the long wait has dented the show’s audience. Anyo...

'Shameless' Advance Review: This Dysfunction Isn't Fun

January 3rd, 2011 10:08am EST
Starting next week, Showtime's Sundays leave Dexter behind to feature the return of Californication and two new series, Shameless and Episodes. I'll be previewing all three for you over the next few days, beginning with Shameless, which you may have seen when the network previewed twenty minutes of its first episode after the Dexter finale.

In case you didn't, though, here's the gist: it's yet another American version of a British television series. The original has a pretty impressive pedigree - it was created, produced and partially written by Paul Abbott, who's responsible for some ...

Phil Varone Gets Naked For Playgirl; Defends His Swinging Lifestyle

December 20th, 2010 9:24am EST
Phil Varone
Playgirl Magazine chooses Skid Row rocker Phil Varone to spice things up this holiday season. Varone, who claims to have slept with over 3,000 women, is ecstatic about his Playgirl debut.

Tattooed, raw and real, this 21st century man is an actor, standup comedian, author, swinger, rock drummer and can now add Playgirl’s first rocker centerfold to his many credits. Varone adds his irreverent edge and fierce sex appeal to the legendary magazine’s image, taking the publication to the next level and baring himself completely, down to his swinging lifestyle.

He’s breaking ground not only as th...

Family Too Sad To Read Natascha Mcelhone's Book About Dead Husband

October 3rd, 2010 11:25am EDT
Natascha Mcelhone
Natascha Mcelhone's mother has refused to read the actress' touching book detailing the aftermath of her husband's sudden death because the notes are too emotional.

The "Californication" star was filming in Los Angeles when her plastic surgeon partner Martin Kelly suffered a cardiac arrest in May, 2008, collapsing on the doorstep of the couple's London home.

McElhone, who was pregnant with the pair's third child at the time of Kelly's death, poured out her thoughts and feelings on paper in the subsequent months and the notes were made into a book.

"After You: Letters of Love, and Loss, t...

Mary-Kate Olsen Caught Up In Airplane Drama

May 17th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Mary-Kate Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen was caught up in an airborne drama on Sunday when her plane was forced to make an emergency landing following an electrical fire in the cockpit.

The former child star was flying from New York to Los Angeles with her boyfriend when a blaze broke out at the front of the aircraft, cracking the windshield. The pilot was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Virginia, where emergency vehicles greeted the plane on the runway at Dulles airport and passengers were ferried to safety.

Publicist Phil Lobel, who was onboard the flight, tells, "(It was a) harrowing ex...

Susan Sarandon Pole Danced With Daughter

December 24th, 2009 10:10am EST
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon is still feeling sexy at the age of 63 - after taking a pole dancing lesson with her actress daughter Eva Amurri.

Amurri, Sarandon's 24-year-old daughter with Italian director Franco Amurri, took the saucy dance lesson for her steamy role on hit show "Californication".

The young star invited her mother to join in the fun - and Sarandon admits she jumped at the chance to learn how to work the pole because it helps to keep her feeling young.

She explains, "My kids are so funny they bring me into the present. I go to concerts and I went and I learned how to pole dance w...

'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.


'Mad Men' & '30 Rock' Lead Producers Guild Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2009 8:46am EST
30 Rock
Mad Men and 30 Rock are all set to repeat as TV winners at the Producers Guild Awards in 2010.

The two TV hits lead the nominations for the 21st PGA prizegiving, which takes place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on January 24.

30 Rock will fight for the coveted Danny Thomas episodic comedy series category with Californication, Weeds, Entourage and The Office.

Meanwhile, "Mad Men" is the favorite to claim the Norman Felton episodic drama category. The show, starring Jon Hamm and January Jones, is up against Breaking Bad, Dexter, Lost and True Blood.

The Amazing Race, Am...

Remote Control Battle: TV Both Men And Women May Enjoy Together

November 16th, 2009 9:00pm EST
Remote Control Battle
A Woman's Perspective: Remember when sitcoms used to make jokes about how men and women watch television differently? The sloppy, somewhat aloof husband character would always be zooming through the channels, flicking the remote faster than his perky, pretty, younger wife could keep up. She'd then snatch the remote and pause on each channel achingly slowly, narrating not only what was occurring in the scene on screen but also what she hoped or thought would occur next.

Not only did men and women watch differently, though, what they watched was always assumed to be different. Men had the...

Eva Amurri Upsets Brothers With Stripping Scenes

October 23rd, 2009 3:26pm EDT
Eva Amurri Upsets Brothers With Stripping Scenes
Susan Sarandon's sexy daughter Eva Amurri is begging her brothers for forgiveness after baring all for a TV drama.

The 24-year-old actress plays the young lover of David Duchovny's womanizing character Hank Moody in hit show Californication - and strips for sex scenes.

Amurri admits her mom encouraged her to take on the controversial role, suggesting she "do it while you're young," but half brothers Miles, 17, and Jack, 20, weren't so accommodating.

She says, "Hopefully, one day my brothers will forgive me."

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Rick Springfield Doesn't Want Fans Upset With Naked Scenes

October 22nd, 2009 8:55pm EDT
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Pop veteran Rick Springfield fears his more conservative fans will be shocked when he bares all on upcoming episodes of controversial drama "Californication".

The beloved "Jessie's Girl" singer is testing his wholesome image by stripping for David Duchovny's offbeat show - and he only hopes his fans will be able to smile about his new look.

He says, "I had to sign a clause in the contract saying I understood that there was going to be nudity and simulated sex.

"I certainly have no objection to taking my clothes off and on this show, I knew I wasn't gonna be the only naked person.


Susan Sarandon Encouraged Daughter To Take On Nude 'Californication' Role

October 12th, 2009 11:47am EDT
Susan Sarandon Encouraged Daughter To Take Nude Role
Susan Sarandon was so relaxed about her actress daughter stripping off for a role in raunchy TV drama Californication, she actually encouraged her to take the part.

Eva Amurri, Sarandon's daughter with Italian director Franco Amurri, played Jackie, a woman who studied during the day and worked as a stripper by night, on a recent episode of David Duchovny's hit TV series.

And Sarandon insists she had no qualms about the 24 year old getting naked onscreen because she knew Amurri would enjoy herself.

Speaking before the show aired on Sunday, she told the New York Daily News, "I thi...

Pre-Season 2009 TV Report Card: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

September 21st, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Desperate Housewives
Since CNN has such a blast creating a report card to track the Presidency, we decided to have some fun with television. Which networks come out strong and which ones need to do better homework?



The Good: The dramas are what keep us coming back to ABC. Grey's Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, FlashForward, and V are worth looking forward to. The one comedy that stands out and may hold itself against NBC's stellar comedies, Modern Family, is worth a few episodes past the pilot.

The Bad: Dancing With The Stars is extremely popular, however sometimes too much of a ...

David Duchovny: 'I Can't Talk About Sex'

September 10th, 2009 9:55pm EDT
David Duchovny Sex Addict Californication
David Duchovny fears he can't talk openly about sex anymore after checking into rehab in 2008 for a carnal addiction. The X-Files star almost wrecked his marriage to actress Tea Leoni and faced public disgrace when he had to go public with his problem - and now he has decided not to talk about sex in interviews.

He says, "I don't want to be as flip as I was in the past. It's an area that's fraught with... It's not something I want to discuss so lightly."

And he urges fans and critics alike not to pass him off as a pervert because of his past problems.

He tells Rolling Stone magazin...

10 Returning Shows We Can't Wait To See This Fall

September 9th, 2009 10:12am EDT
Returning Fall 2009 shows
The fall season is finally upon us, and that means television is worth watching again. The summer has a few hot shows, but it is really just a waiting station for our favorites to return in September. Soon the Tivo will be completely full, every night will be a new adventure, and all our answers from last season's cliff hangers will (hopefully) be answered. Take a look at 10 TV shows we can't wait to see this coming season!

Gossip Girl (returns September 14)

Season two had a few shaky moments, including the illicit teacher-student affair with Dan and Chuck's flirtation with the under...

New TV On DVD, Aug. 25

August 25th, 2009 8:00am EDT
Californication season 2, House season 5, Lie to Me season 1, Life season 2, NCIS season 5, One Tree Hill season 6, Samantha Who? season 2, Scrubs season 8, Smallville season 8, Thirtysomething season 1, and Wiseguy season 1.

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