'Californication' Canceled by Showtime After Seventh Season

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December 9th, 2013


via press release:




To Conclude Its Remarkable Run with 12 Episodes –

Season Seven Premieres in April 2014



Photo: Jordin Althaus/SHOWTIME


SHOWTIME viewers will take one last romp with Hank Moody when the hit comedy series’ seventh season premieres in April 2014 (date TBD), it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. The final 12 episodes will neatly wrap up our unforgettable time following Hank (David Duchovny), Karen (Natascha McElhone), Becca (Madeleine Martin), Charlie (Evan Handler) and Marcy (Pamela Adlon) in their audacious comic mis-adventures and sexcapades.


“With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, CALIFORNICATION has been one of our groundbreaking signature series,” said David Nevins. “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 long-time fans alike.”


Created and executive produced by Tom Kapinos, CALIFORNICATION stars David Duchovny (also an executive producer) in his Golden Globe®-winning role as the hedonistic writer who fights to balance the demands of his insatiable libido, unpredictable career, ex-girlfriend/muse Karen and beloved daughter Becca. He’s aided (and sometimes abetted) by best friend/agent Charlie and Charlie’s bawdy wife Marcy. Over the course of its run, the series has been honored withmany accolades, including five Emmy® nominations and two wins, six Golden Globe nominations and one win, and a Screen Actors Guild® Award nomination. CALIFORNICATION had its highest-rated season ever with season six last year averaging 2.9 million weekly viewers across platforms.  An incredibly consistent performer for the network, the series grew steadily over its six seasons on the air, and last year saw a growth of over 20 percent On Demand as well.


From his debut in August 2007, Hank Moody quickly became everyone’s favorite unflinchingly honest, self-destructive lothario who bowed at the altar of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. The final season will find him joining the writer’s room as his never-released film “Santa Monica Cop” now becomes a television series of the same name. He’s riled frequently by his boss, the show’s old-school executive producer Rick Rath (guest star Michael Imperioli), and his fellow writing team members, including Goldie (guest star Mary Lynn Rajskub) and Alonzo (co-star Alonzo Bodden). But he’s thrown by the reemergence of old friend Julia (guest star Heather Graham), whose arrival causes chaos in Hank’s already hectic life, and with his on-off relationship with Karen (McElhone). Meanwhile, Charlie (Handler) and Marcy (Adlon) grapple with the aftermath of their reunion and an enticing offer from her ex-husband, Stu Beggs (guest star Stephen Tobolowsky). Rob Lowe, Brandon T. Jackson, Oliver Cooper and Mercedes Masohn will also guest star.


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  • platypus perry

    It appears that this should be Titled “Californication Ends its run on showtime this April 2014 a 12 Episode Farewell Season”

    To me a Canceled show is a Show that doesn’t get an announced final season and viewers are pissed that either out of nowhere it is axed with no final season for the fans.

    Californication will go out on its own!!

  • YourMirrorIsUgly

    @platypus perry

    Yes, you’re right. But “ending” doesn’t make for such an inflammatory headline as “cancelled”.

  • N

    True. And 7 seasons is a pretty satisfying run. Most shows don’t go past season 7 anyway. “Cancelled” reminds me of some jerks pulling the plug early on Pushing Daisies and leave me crying…

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    It had a good run!

  • milo

    I didn’t realize it was still on. I wonder if it might end up on netflix after the run is over like some of the other showtime shows.

  • Daniel

    I wonder what this means for Penny Dreadful.I thought it would primere in spring, but what would Showtime air in the summer with Ray Donovan?

  • Bored Now

    This was kind of leaked a little while back by Gillian Anderson. She was asked if she would ever consider guest starring on the show and her reply was something like “They finished filming this season already so now it’s too late” or words to that effect, which suggested to a lot of people that the new season would be its last.

    Love the show but not too surprised as season six felt like it was leading up to the final stretch as far as the Hank/Karen and Charlie/Marcy relationships are concerned. Gonna miss it when it’s done but I’m glad it’s getting the chance to end properly. Long live Moody!

  • Freddy Arrow

    Sounds to me like it was Showtimes’s decision, not the producers of the show. To me this means cancellation.

  • John A

    Stopped watching it years ago. I thought got canceled already.

  • starship

    Cancellation = not getting another season after the current one ends (when the cast/producers are still open to continue that is, i.e. their contracts aren’t up yet). A yet to premiere season being announced as the final one =/= cancelled…

  • Billiam

    Ah, Duchovny can go back to making the X-Files… LOL.

  • Bored Now

    @Freddy Arrow

    There’s nothing written above that could suggest whether it was Showtime or the producers that made the choice. For all we know it might have been a joint decision. As a fan of the show I can certainly say that how season six ended felt very much like they were planning to go into the final stretch. Now we know that’s a fact and the writers have been able to tell a complete story. You can argue semantics all you like but the fact is that the story is going to have a proper beginning, middle and end. Ending or cancelled, that doesn’t change, so that’s all that matters.

  • Bored Now


    I don’t see Penny Dreadful being a good match for Ray Donovan, but then when was the last time there was a fantasy/sci-fi style show on Showtime anyway? Stargate SG-1?


    Really hope not. Now a Californication movie? That I could live with! ;)

  • Dan

    Its the same thing that happened with Weeds. While its technically cancelled, it wasn’t done after its most recent season is airing. Its announced that the shows next season will be its last. Thus giving the series closure and a proper finale.

  • John

    I guess by that token Lost was canceled by ABC after six seasons.

  • Bored Now


    Duchovny has such bad luck with television shows, doesn’t he? I mean, his last series was cancelled after just nine measly seasons! ;)

  • Nene

    I hope Showtime reconsiders and brings it back for more seasons. It is the greatest show in the history of the world. Every second is sheer heaven and it needs to be on for many many many years.

  • Davie

    I fell off during season six but I’ll catch up for the final season run. Good show.. But this is probably the right decision. It’s not the type of show with that spark that’s required to last much longer, it was on the air the better part of a decade. That’s a success one way or another

  • Jon

    Seven seasons is very good for any show and I think Californication being the oldest show on Showtime, I had a feeling it was going to end sooner or later.

    Penny Dreadful could still air in the Spring perhaps at 10pm after Nurse Jackie and Californication, Showtime had the comedies at nine and The Borgias at 10pm last season so it’s not much of a stretch to see the same schedule for the Spring shows unless Showtime thinks PD is strong enough to anchor 9pm and put the comedies at 10pm.

  • thesnowleopard


    Po-tay-to, po-tah-to. It’s still ending, just like a “real” canceled show.

    Personally, I’m surprised it’s still on, but hey, seven seasons isn’t a bad run for a premium channel show.

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