11:12am PT by Philiana Ng, Lesley Goldberg
Showtime to End 'Californication' After Seventh Season
Showtime is ending Californication.
The dark comedy starring David Duchovny as novelist Hank Moody will wrap up after the upcoming seventh season, the network announced Monday. The half-hour series will return for its final 12 episodes in April 2014.
Showtime says that the remaining episodes will "neatly wrap up" the lives of the characters on the show, created by Tom Kapinos, including Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon).
"With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of our groundbreaking signature series," said David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment, in the announcement. "We will always be indebted to Tom Kapinos for leading the creative charge on this memorable comedy, and to David Duchovny for making us root for an unapologetic hedonist like Hank Moody. Tom has carefully planned the final chapter of Hank's journey and has brought it to a beautiful and satisfying conclusion for new and longtime fans alike."
During its run, Californication -- Showtime's longest-running series -- has won several key awards, including a Golden Globe for Duchovny and two Emmys. The series has also seen its audience grow, as season six marked its highest-rated season with 2.9 million viewers across various platforms.
The final season will follow Hank joining the writers' room of a new TV series based on his never-released film, Santa Monica Cop, where he is riled frequently by his boss, old-school executive producer Rick Rath (Michael Imperioli). Mary Lynn Rajskub will play a writer on the team, Goldie, alongside Alonzo Bodden as Alonzo. But the arrival of old friend Julia (Heather Graham) threatens to complicate Hank's life with Karen. Rob Lowe, Brandon T. Jackson, Oliver Cooper and Mercedes Masohn also guest-star.
Californication was one of the cabler's remaining comedies that was developed under David Nevins' predecessor, Robert Greenblatt. Showtime briefly mulled doing a spinoff featuring Maggie Grace's religious groupie Faith, but nixed the idea in January. The decision to conclude Hank Moody's story comes after a year in which Showtime also concluded comedy-turned-miniseries The Big C as well as dramas Dexter and The Borgias.
On the development side, the network is prepping Philip Seymour Hoffman pilot Trending Down and has the return of Episodes, House of Lies, Nurse Jackie and Shameless on tap for next year.