David Duchovny, Californication
David Duchovny opens up to TV Guide about his risky new role on Showtime's Californication (Mondays at 10 pm/ET), the next X-Files movie and being lucky in love.
TV Guide: What attracted you to such a darkly comic series like Californication? David Duchovny: It was more of an adult-style, '70s-movie-type comedy rather than what you see in movies today. It was adults acting badly, but like bad adults rather than bad children. It's so much fun to be able to play a guy who really doesn't care what anybody thinks about him.
TV Guide: What's the key to your character, Hank Moody? Duchovny: This is a writer who's not writing anymore. He's come to Hollywood to watch his novel get turned into a crappy movie and in the pr
Californication is among the new series pushing the envelope.
It's getting hotter... on TV. Several new cable shows are cranking their sex scenes up a notch, daring to bare more skin than viewers have been accustomed to seeing.
Leading the way is the new HBO series Tell Me You Love Me (premiering Sept. 9), which features Jane Alexander as a relationship therapist. The show has caused a stir because of the amount of full-frontal nudity and explicit sex acts among the three couples she counsels.
Showtime is moving the needle as well with the provocatively titled Californication (Mondays at 10 pm/ET). David Duchovny plays a debauched writer who spends much of the first episode in flagrante delicto.
Looks like our little Mulder has finally lost his virginity folks And now hes trying to make up for all that lost timeIn his first series-regular role since X-files David Duchovny plays blocked and blacking-out writer Hank Moody a formerly serious novelist whose career took a corruptive turn when he started writing for Hollywood Now hes acting like the perennial class clown totally incapable of holding on to relationships working on his book or even spending an evening sober But its his split from his longtime girlfriend Karen played by Natascha McElhone that has hit him the hardest driving him to find mindless refuge in an endless stream of gorgeous-but-mean Los AngelenasAlthough the premise is a total clich its like George Costanza paid a visit to the set of Leaving Las Vegas every scene is perfectly written harshly hilarious and dripping with charisma Duchovnys got magnetism to spare he and his friendagent Evan Handler have
Question: I watched the pilot of Californication and I loved it. I thought that David Duchovny really did a great job with that character. He was able to make Hank likable even though he was kind of a jerk at times. So my question to you is: What did you think of it?
Answer: Since you asked, you can check out my review here, heralding Showtime's new Monday lineup of Weeds, back for a sensational third season, and Californication. To elaborate a bit in this space, and now that I've seen the second episode since writing the initial review, I remain impressed by how low they let Duchovny's character of Hank sink in his sexual debauchery and yet still remain somehow sympathetic. The crucial element here is that Hank is every bit as digusted by his behavior as we're meant to be, and it helps that his ultimate goal is to redeem his life, and possibly even his art, in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend and oddly precocious daughter. I'm expecting some very polarized reaction to this show, and wonde ...
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in The X-Files courtesy 20th Century Fox
David Duchovny, in the course of talking up his new Showtime series Californication, also wound up discussing infestation, mutation and alien invasion that is, the status of the always-looming second X-Files movie. "I'm supposed to see a script next week," the erstwhile Agent Mulder revealed at the TCA summer press tour. "[X-Files creator] Chris [Carter] will direct it. Gillian [Anderson] is on board, and that's all I can tell you."The original film follow-up hit theaters some nine years ago. What say we kill two birds with one stone, merge two TV franchises, and call the movie "X and the City"?
Mulder and Scully could be reunited back on the big screen sooner than we imagined. David Duchovny dropped a bombshell at the end of a Saturday afternoon TCA session promoting his raunchy new Showtime series Californication (which premieres August 13 alongside the third-season launch of Weeds). Our favorite "spooky" FBI agent says he's expecting to get a script next week for a movie sequel to 1998's The X-Files blockbuster. Chris Carter, who'll also direct, wrote the script with Frank Spotnitz, and Duchovny says Gillian Anderson is also on board for production to start, possibly in the fall. No details beyond that at this point, but it's exciting news for those of us who've long been convinced there's more truth out there to be discovered.
Question: What have you heard about David Duchovny's new Showtime series Californication?
Answer: I've heard that the former Mrs. Macaulay Culkin (aka Rachel Miner) has just been cast in a recurring role.
Showtime now has a title for its new comedy series starring David Duchovny and debuting in August. Californication, which starts lensing in June and costars Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show), Madeleine Martin (Hope & Faith), Madeline Zima (The Nanny) and Evan Handler (Sex and the City), concerns Hank Moody, a novelist struggling to raise his 13-year-old daughter (Martin) while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend (McElhone). Says Showtime's press release, "[Hank's] obsession with truth-telling and self-destructive behavior drinks, drugs and relationships are both destroying and enriching his career."
I'm going out on a limb this week, and I'm choosing a DVD set I haven't seen for my "Pick of the Week" (minor mix-up at the PR firm) - Not Just The Best Of The Larry Sanders Show. Though this is a dreaded "best of" release (please, please continue with the series in seasons sets), there are tons of bonus materials on the release. Garry Shandling is joined by Peter Tolan for commentary on two episodes, with Todd Holland and Judd Apatow doing one episode a piece. There's a documentary about making the series, deleted and extended scenes, alternate takes, and interviews with Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Tom Petty, Jerry Seinfeld, Sharon Stone, Jon Stewart, Carol Burnett, Penny Johnson, Wallace Langham, Scott Thompson, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Sarah Silverman, Jeremy Piven, Bob Odenkirk and Linda Doucett. Those special features join 23 episodes of the series on 4 discs. The only thing that would make this set better? Well, that would be the rest of the seas...
Showtime has greenlit 12 episodes of an as-yet-untitled series starring David Duchovny as a writer with a 16-year-old daughter. He still longs for his ex-wife, yet at the same time harbors an insatiable appetite for beautiful women (ideally those who do not use black oil for mascara). The series is pegged for an August premiere, where it will be paired with Weeds.