Showtime has ordered more episodes of the hit David Duchovny series Californication. According to Variety, the pay cable network has okayed a second season for the freshman sitcom.
A total of twelve more episodes are set to go into production starting in April of 2008. The show has continued to add viewers since its debut this summer. Californication has scored the best ratings for a Showtime original series since 2004.
Californication is the latest success story for Showtime and entertainment president Robert Greenblatt. Other shows that have performed well recently include Weeds, Dexter, and Brotherhood.
UPDATE: The official press release from SHOWTIME:
On the heels of the unprecedented audience and critical acclaim of its new original comedy series CALIFORNICATION, starring David Duchovny, SHOWTIME has renewed the series for a second season. The first season of CALIFORNICATION premiered on August 13th and has seen its audience steadily grow, becoming one of the highest-rated series on SHOWTIME. CALIFORNICATION is currently averaging the strongest tune-in level SHOWTIME has ever seen for a freshman series and is posting nearly two million viewers per week, which is the best season one average weekly performance the network has seen since 2004. Additionally, the series has proven its broad appeal attracting equal levels of men and women and holding onto 90% of the WEEDS lead-in.
The first season will air through October on Mondays at 10:30 PM ET/PT. The premiere of season two of CALIFORNICATION is tentatively slated for Summer 2008.
"CALIFORNICATION is a home run for us. We haven't launced a first-year show this strongly out of the gate before, and it caps an extraordinary 12 months that's included the launch of 'Dexter,' 'The Tudors,' 'Brotherhood,' and 'This American Life,'" said Robert Greenblatt, President of Showtime Entertainment. "It's just another great notch in our proverbial bedpost (he says jokingly)."
CALIFORNICATION stars and is executive produced by Golden Globe®-winning actor David Duchovny ("The X-Files"). Co-starring alongside Duchovny are Natascha McElhone (The Truman Show, Laurel Canyon), Madeleine Martin ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Hope & Faith"), Madeline Zima ("The Nanny," A Cinderella Story), and Evan Handler ("Sex and the City").
CALIFORNICATION centers on novelist Hank Moody (Duchovny) who struggles to raise his 13-year-old daughter (Madeleine Martin), while still carrying a torch for his ex-girlfriend Karen (McElhone). His obsession with truth-telling and self-destructive behavior -- drinks, drugs and relationships -- are both destroying and enriching his career.
Duchovny is best known to millions of fans for his role as Agent Fox Mulder on the long-running cult classic television series, "The X-Files," a role for which he earned a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Emmy. He also received Emmy nominations for guest appearances on "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City." He is a three-time Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee. On the big screen, Duchovny's film credits include last year's Trust the Man and Evolution, both opposite Julianne Moore; and Return to Me, co-starring Minnie Driver. Upcoming film projects include Jake Kasdan's The TV Set, and Things We Lost in the Fire opposite Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro.
CALIFORNICATION is created and executive produced by Tom Kapinos ("Dawson's Creek"). Duchovny and Scott Winant (Showtime's "Huff"), serve as executive producers, with Melanie Greene serving as co-executive producer.
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