Showtime Brings Veteran Comedy “Californication” to an End

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Following in the footsteps of “Dexter,” another recognizable Showtime original series is gearing to end its run.

Showtime announced Monday that the upcoming seventh season of “Californication” will be its last. The final twelve episodes of the David Duchovny vehicle will begin airing this April.

“With its unique blend of lyricism and excess, Californication has been one of our groundbreaking signature series,” said David Nevins, Showtime’s entertainment president. “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.”

Though not a blockbuster, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner has performed respectably by Showtime standards. And though buzz has cooled for recent seasons, the show’s audience has not shrunk. According to the network’s press release, the 2.9 million weekly viewers averaged by season six of “Californication” represented its largest audience to date.