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David Duchovny to star in new Showtime series

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 16th 2007 9:01AM

DuchovnyFormer TV stars don't fade away, they just get new gigs on hip new shows on cable.

David Duchovny, Agent Fox Mulder of X-Files fame, has just signed on to star in a new comedy for Showtime. He'll play a writer named Hank Moody who is divorced with a 16 year-old daughter. He's not only still in love with his ex-girlfriend, played by Natasha McElhone of Solaris), but he has a lot of addictions too. The show will premiere this summer and be paired with another quirky show, Weeds. There's no title yet, though the pilot was titled Californication.

This might be the series that finally makes me get Showtime. Oh, this and This American Life.

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Alright go David! I never ever miss an episode of the X-Files unless they are early in the morning and i have to attend school the next day. I can't wait to see him in this new tv series he'll be great...of course he's David Duchovny

April 03 2007 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well maybe it will be better than the last Showtime series that Duchovny was on...Red Show Diaries. Softcore at it's peak.

March 19 2007 at 1:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So you don't get Weeds, Dexter or Sleeper Cell? And you're paid to watch TV? Get with it, Bob!

March 16 2007 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kyle K.

Yo Bob -

I find your opening thesis a little lacking. While starting off a screed with a hackneyed device (Old _____ never die/fade away/etc., they just _________.) requires...by it's very hackneyed status...some level of honesty/irony/accuracy to be funny or clever or at least informative.

As an example of how your thesis falls, note "Boston Legal". This rather popular show features at least 3 regular cast members who supremely qualify as "old TV stars". William Shatner, Candice Bergen, and Rene Auberjonois represent a veritable Hall of Fame of "old" tv stars", and their current success is on...gasp!!...network TV.

This show is but one example, but it points up the fact that your opening thesis is flawed at best, and utterly non sequitur at worst.

I don't personally consider David Duchovny in the league of those mentioned earlier. He is not an "old TV star". The X-Files was a smash hit, and he and Gillian Anderson have both appeared in movies since the shows demise. But they don't fit the mold of "old TV star" in my opinion. Duchovny's return to TV is not surprising, and seems the right move for him.

The "hipness" of cable is also a rather moldy meme. Network television has made bold strides in creating ground-breaking programming. Let's start with 24, Lost, CSI and House. These shows among many others attract viewers because while they are indeed "hip" shows, they are so because of the quality of the writing, the acting, the time-slot, and perhaps all of the above...and they are notably NOT on cable TV.

It might have been better if you just led with the simplest and most accurate lede...David Duchovny is coming back to television.

Why you felt the need to insert an inane, inaccurate, hackneyed and ill-used device at the TOP of your post is I suppose what makes you Bob.

You also note that you do not currently have Showtime. Considering the lineup of popular series emanating from that outlet, I am a bit shocked to find that you not only do not watch their shows, you couldn't. As a media commentator, and specifically one purported to be a TV media commentator, it is pathetic that you are limited as to what TV you are able to view.

It is an indictment of your very qualification to DO what you DO. Perhaps you should have led with THAT:

"As a TV commentator, I don't have Showtime but I might get it now!".

Honest, accurate, and somewhat ironic, wouldn't you say?

Bob, get Showtime. And it's good to have Duchovny back on TV.

March 16 2007 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And around season 3 he'll start complaining about wanting to do movies, and kill the show.

March 16 2007 at 10:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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