'Californication's' next chapter

Showtime gives comedy series a second-season pickup

Showtime has given a second-season pickup to its freshman comedy series "Californication."

The premium network has ordered 12 new episodes of the half-hour series, starring David Duchovny as a novelist who moves to Los Angeles and develops a case of writer's block. Natascha McElhone co-stars as his ex-girlfriend and mother of his preteen daughter (Madeleine Martin).

The show is set to enter production on Season 2 in April for a likely summer debut.

"Californication," which airs at 10:30 p.m. Mondays after "Weeds," debuted Aug. 13. The three most recent first-run episodes are averaging 18% more viewers than the series premiere, which drew 550,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The series also is holding on to 90% of its "Weeds" lead-in audience Monday nights and is appealing almost equally to men and women (51% vs. 49%).

The series was created by Tom Kapinos, who executive produces with Duchovny and Stephen Hopkins. Melanie Greene is co-executive producer.