Californication

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pilot (1/13)
thursday, 22.00–22.45

“I’m disgusted with my life and myself, but I’m not unhappy about that”. So says middle-aged lothario Hank Moody, the central character of this new irreverent comedy-drama. Played by ‘The X-Files’ main man David Duchovny, Hank is a jaded New York author struggling to raise his daughter and win back his ex in the sun-drenched Golden State of California. In Thursday’s opening episode, Hank has a one-night stand that lands him in a tight spot, learns some shocking news from his exgirlfriend, and goes on a disastrous double date.

Finding fame after writing the Great American Novel, to critical and consumer acclaim, Hank Moody is approached by Hollywood, heads west for a meeting with ‘the Suits’, signs away his life and shuttles his family across country. He intends to encounter precious bounty, permanent sunshine and maybe, just maybe, an Oscar… But could it all be too good to be true?

Duchovny, an executive producer on the series, stars alongside British actress Natascha McElhone (‘The Truman Show’), who plays Karen, his exgirlfriend and mother of his precocious daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). ‘Sex and the City’ star Evan Handler plays Hank’s agent, Charlie, while Madeline Zima (‘The Nanny’) is Mia, a one-nightstand who has a profound effect on Hank.

Writer Tom Kapinos (‘Dawson’s Creek’) explains the name of the show: “It is about the act of California taking over your mind. California – more specifically Los Angeles – sneaks up on Hank, and before he knows it, he’s addicted.”

In Thursday’s episode, Hank is enjoying himself at the home of his latest pneumatic conquest when the woman’s irate husband turns up and chases him out with a baseball bat. Unfortunately, this means that there is no time to collect his trousers – a mishap that results in some raised eyebrows when Hank later turns up to meet his ex-girlfriend, Karen, and their 12-year-old daughter, Becca.

It is Hank’s turn to look after Becca, so he sends her off to watch a DVD. However, she finds more than ‘Pirates of the Carribbean’ in Hank’s room. “Father?” she deadpans. “Can I ask you something? Why is there a naked lady in your bedroom?” Mortified, Hank rushes in to get rid of the woman, another of his married lovers – but he is in trouble when Karen later arrives to collect Becca. “You are so lucky I don’t try to take away the little custody you do have,” hisses Karen.

While Becca gets ready to leave, her parents argue in the kitchen. When Hank blames Karen for cheating on him, she hits back by telling him that he is no longer the independent free spirit with whom she fell in love. “Imagine my f***ing disappointment when you turned out to be the biggest cliché of all – sitting there Googling yourself!” she yells. “I Googled myself,” Hank admits, “but I never cheated on you.” Karen then drops another bombshell: she is getting married to her new beau, Bill. Hank is aghast: “He’s everything you said you never wanted!”

Regardless, Karen appears to be moving on with her life –while Hank, in contrast, is filling his time with one-night-stands. The latest of these is Mia, a surprisingly aggressive lover Hank met in a book shop. Hank has Mia to thank for the black eye he sports when he goes on a double date with his agent, Charlie, and his wife. It is not long before Hank manages to upset his date, Meredith, so much that she walks out. He makes himself feel better by picking up another woman in the restaurant, but they are later interrupted by a call from Karen –Becca has sneaked out to a party.

After retrieving Becca, Hank joins Karen for a drink inside and they have a heart-to-heart about what went wrong in their relationship. But Hank is about to get the shock of his life when Bill’s 16year-old daughter walks in…

I review every episode of Californication, usually minutes after it’s been on television … Here’s my review of Episode 8 – a great episode – http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2007/10/californication-continues-8.html

The review has links to my reviews of previous episodes.

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“I’m disgusted with my life and myself, but I’m not unhappy about that”. So says Hank Moody, the star of the new comedy-drama coming to Five.

Played by ‘The X-Files’ star David Duchovny, Moody is a jaded, altruistic New York author struggling to raise his daughter and win back his ex in the sun-denched land of the Golden state. Moody finds fame after writing the Great American Novel to critical and consumer acclaim. He is approached by Hollywood, heads west to take a meeting with ‘the Suits’, signs away his life and shuttles his family across country, while spinning tales of precious bounty, year-round sunshine, and maybe, just maybe an Oscar… But could it all be too good to be true?

Duchovny, an executive producer on the series, stars alongside British actress Natascha McElhone (‘The Truman Show’), who plays Karen, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his precocious daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). ‘Sex and the City’ star Evan Handler plays Hank’s agent, Charlie, while Madeline Zima (‘The Nanny’) is Mia, a one-night stand who has a profound effect on Hank.

Writer Tom Kapinos (‘Dawson’s Creek’) explains the name of the show: “It is about the act of California taking over your mind. California – more specifically Los Angeles – sneaks up on Hank, and before he knows it, he’s addicted.”

In the first episode, Hank encounters Mia for the first time, causes a scene at a screening of the movie of his book, has a heart-to-heart with Karen and goes on a blind date arranged by Charlie. What could possibly go wrong?

The much-anticipated US comedy drama Californication, starring David Duchovny, debuts exclusively on Five and charts the fortunes of Hank Moody, a troubled novelist with a catalogue of self-destructive behaviour.

Watch the trailer:

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Five has acquired the exclusive terrestrial and digital rights to Californication, a brand new comedy drama series starring David Duchovny, from CBS Paramount International Television, it was announced today (WEDS).

Californication stars Duchovny as Hank Moody a troubled novelist whose honesty and self-destructive behaviour – drinks, drugs and relationships – are simultaneously destroying and enriching his career, as well as the relationships with his ex-wife Karen (British actress Natascha McElhone) and 13-year-old daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). The 12 episode series which is produced by Showtime Networks, Inc. is set to broadcast on the US network Showtime in August.

The deal was negotiated between Vanessa Brookman, Five’s Controller of Acquisitions, and Stephen Tague of CBS Paramount International Televison.

Vanessa Brookman, said: “I’m delighted that Five has acquired the rights to what is easily one of the most distinctive pilots I’ve seen. Californication is witty, sexy and original. It is a perfect fit for Five’s family of channels.”

Other award-winning US imports across Five’s family of channels include: Prison Break; the CSI franchise; the Law & Order franchise; NCIS; The Shield; House; Grey’s Anatomy; Shark and Dirt.

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