Showtime Renews ‘Californication’

The network gives the series a quick renewal for its fifth season.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Showtime Renews 'Californication'

In the season premiere of "Californication," David Duchovny’s Hank Moody found himself in a world of legal trouble. But Hank’s journey won’t be ending anytime soon.

Showtime has officially ordered a fifth season of "Californication" following a strong performance last Sunday night by the first episode of the fourth season. "Californication" was also renewed for its fourth season last year almost immediately after the third season premiere, keeping its newfound tradition alive.

"Californication" was created by Tom Kapinos and follows a struggling novelist, Hank Moody as he battles writers block and tries to maintain his relationships with his girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone) and their daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin). Hank also has a difficult time turning down any attractive woman, which is part of the reason he’s currently facing charges of statutory rape for unknowingly sleeping with an underage girl… who later went on to steal one of his novels.

The fourth season premiere of "Californication" drew approximately 848,000 viewers last Sunday, up from its previous third season high of 821,000. More impressively, "Californication" was able to pull in larger numbers even without "Dexter" as a lead in. "Shameless" and "Episodes" also performed well for the network, with 982,000 and 768,000 viewers, respectively.

Additionally, Showtime announced that its returning comedies "Nurse Jackie" and "United States of Tara" will begin new seasons on March 28, while the Renaissance era drama "The Borgias" will follow on April 03.

Showtime will also partner with Major League Baseball for a series following the San Francisco Giants as they attempt to defend their World Series title next season. The series will be filmed over the next ten months.