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David Duchovny Teases a Californication Cliff-hanger

David Duchovny, Damian Young and Natascha McElhone, Californication 

Sure, he may have boorishly overindulged in the bottle and in the bedroom — including an inadvertent tryst with the underage daughter of his ex’s fiancé — but as the first season of Californication (Mondays at 10:30 pm/ET on Showtime) comes to a close, troubled author Hank Moody has somehow become sympathetic. "Hank’s motivation is usually out of his love for his family, pain or frustration. And everybody can relate to that," says star David Duchovny. "He’s not just an ass." In tonight’s finale, as Karen’s wedding to Bill draws near, Hank must come to terms with the fact that the woman he still loves may be unattainable. "It’s a true TV cliff-hanger," teases Duchovny. "The force of the show is family, so I can tell you that the episode has to do with either the comi read more

X-Cellent: Scully and Mulder Finally Reunited!

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The truth isn't out there, it's right here: X-Files leading man David Duchovny recently hooked up with Gillian Anderson and their former series' creator, Chris Carter, to discuss a second movie follow-up, SCI FI Wire reports. (Go ahead and plotz. I'll wait.) "It was more emotional than I would have thought it was [going to be]," he said of the confab. "If you spend that much time with people and go through that much, there's a lot of residual feeling." X-2 is tentatively scheduled to shoot in December, with Carter directing from a script that he penned with X-phile Frank Spotnitz. "I want us to go out and do what the show always did best, which is really smart, scary, ultimately ambiguous stuff," Duchovny said. "There's been a lot of shows and movies that kind of tread the same area, or tried to, and I think we always did it best. And I hope we can go out and do it best again."Wednesday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner. read more

Short Takes: David Duchovny, Nashville and More!

David Duchovny by Randy Tepper/Showtime

Not sure how parents are gonna really feel about the Californication guy developing a project for their kids, but nonetheless, David Duchovny is indeed working on a live-action show about a whippersnapper who turns his school's AV Club into 60 Minutes. Well, more or less. No title yet, but may I suggest he keep suffixes like "-ication" out of it?.... Don't bet on Fox to keep Nashville on the map for long. The new reality drama drew only a 1.0 rating in the key 18-49 demo; that's worse than literally everything the network tried out in the Fridays-at-9 time slot last season.... Fantastic Four star Ioan Gruffudd married Alice Evans in Mexico Friday, People reports. The actors met on the set of 2000's 102 Dalmatians. read more

I know it's a little late, ...

Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost

Question: I know it's a little late, but I'd like to address the Emmy nominations. I think that Elizabeth Mitchell definitely was robbed of a Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series nod for Lost. Her work has been top-notch, and Juliet emerged as my favorite character this Lost season. Cheers for Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn on their nominations. They — especially Emerson as the enigmatic and chilling Ben — deserve it. But the person who perhaps deserves an Emmy nomination most of all, and who never gets noticed, is John Terry. Terry is such a fantastic (and underrated) actor, he actually makes you feel empathetic for Jack's father when you know you should be rooting for Jack. Lost definitely should've been nominated as a series, because the writing, directing and acting were excellent this past season (let's just forget about the prehiatus episodes and "Stranger in a Strange Land"). Once again, though, the Emmy nominations were utterly predictable. On another Lost topic, many ... read more

"Fear and Loathing at the Fund-raiser"

Tonight was jam-packed with tart-tongued one-liners but it also packed a punch with a fistful of soulful heartfelt conversations that helped to deepen several of the side characters who live in Hanks world It looks to me like Hank is back on track as Hollywoods most self-loathing bloggerAs the first bed conversation showed Meredith is shaping up to be a pretty cool lady vulnerable but level-headed with a good sense of humor Shes got more than her share of baggage though what with this five-year affair with a married man whom she still seems to be attached to Despite his reluctance to have that conversation I do actually think that Hank is pretty close to loving Meredith and he seems to get a real kick out of coming to her rescue I wonder if its true that she called him a loser to her adulterous lawyer ex-lover and more importantly if Hank believes that she did If he did he sure didnt let it affect him much We also saw Hanks friendship skills come to light w read more

"The Whore of Babylon"

I wonder who precisely tonights episode title was supposed to refer to Hank presumably although aside from his very colorful opening monologue describing the corruptive lure of Hollywood money our Mr Moody once again ended up behaving like quite the gentleman Of course there was also that brawl at the book-signing Leave it to Hank Moody to reduce a literary gathering to a fistfightFor the first few minutes I found myself fervently hoping that the entire book-signing scene was a dream sequence the previous two episodes opened as dreams after all Its a real test of credibility to think that a Hollywood director would appear at some screenwriters book-signing to confront him about his dislike for a movie and then to have the already improbable argument descend into a full-on brawl Californication needs to knock it off with its clichd male-fantasy shenanigans The only real fight a guy like Hank Moody would get into would look a lot like that nipple cripple read more

I recently watched the pilot ...

Question: I recently watched the pilot episode of Californication, with David Duchovny, on Showtime. I thought this show was horrible and left much to be desired. The main character was a pathetic loser and totally unrelateable. I was not impressed by the writing, the storyline, the supporting cast or even the premise of the show. I'm thinking that they're trying to make Hank Moody like Tommy Gavin on Rescue Me, but they have clearly missed the mark. I guess the character is supposed to be this horribly flawed guy we are supposed to relate to and understand, but instead the show is boring and has too many gratuitous sex scenes. Am I in the minority about this? I know Showtime is really trying to catch up with HBO, and so far they are doing a great job with shows like Weeds, Dexter, Brotherhood and The Tudors, but Californication doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as these other shows. Answer: My take on Californication is that it's "caustically compelling" and tha ... read more

"Hell-ay Woman"

Use the blog Hank channel your rage Well hear hear Id like to say that like Hank Im blogging right now from a sample machine at an Apple store and the whole while laughing uproariously at my own jokes but alas no Hank Moody am I Also my laptop is working just fine thank youTonight confirmed my secret fears that Californication is merely a male version of Sex and the City a fantasy land in which theres an endless supply of readily available partners ie 16-year-olds at dinner tables 40-year-olds at dinner tables porn stars at stoplights The similarities seemed especially salient as Hank was writing his blog which closed 224 la Carrie with a pointed question about modern social mores in a specific American city Why is the City of Angels so hell-bent on destroying its female population Of course Sex is very much an ensemble buddy comedy whereas Hank while hardly friendless seems to be hanging out on a limb by himself at this point read more

David Duchovny Talks About Engaging in Californication

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 read more

Steamy Shows Stir Controversy: A TV Guide Special Report

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. Both pay-cable read more

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