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Showtime Orders Duchovny Comedy for Summer

Agent Mulder is returning to television.

Showtime has ordered 12 episodes of a still untitled series (formerly known as Californication) with former X-Files star David Duchovny playing divorced writer Hank Moody who tries to juggle his relationship with his daughter, his feelings for his ex, and certain, well, proclivities that come to light during the pilot episode.

Series also stars Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler, Madeleine Martin, and Madeline Zima.

The project, which will be produced by Showtime, was written by Tom Kapinos (Dawson's Creek) and directed by Stephen Hopkins (24); they'll executive produce the series with David Duchovny.

The dark half-hour comedy will most likely be paired with the third season of Weeds for a late summer launch.

The series pickup likely means that fellow Showtime comedy pilots Manchild and Insatiable will not be ordered to series.

Having read the script for the untitled Duchovny series last year, I definitely thought it was the strongest contender of the three Showtime comedy pilots and I am extremely excited to see where they take the characters and the storyline.

I won't spoil anything right now but I will say that this is a darker role than we've seen Duchovny in and Hank Moody has a lot of issues. Making this series the ideal companion for Weeds.


Bill said…
Sounds like a winner. I've always liked Duchovny better in comedy than in drama. His Larry Sanders Show appearances are still among the funniest things I've ever seen. And for some reason, dark comedies really appeal to me.
The CineManiac said…
As much as I love Duchovny, I'm sad tohear that there will likely be no Manchild as It means we'll miss out on more Kevin Smith.
Anonymous said…
I do love DD, but yuck...I was NOT a fan of this script.
I'm looking forward to seeing Duchovny on the small screen again...especially in a dark comedy.
Anonymous said…
I am so excited about this new David Duchovny series. August can't get her fast enough for me. Thanks Showtime.

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