Hank Moody, the hero of Showtime’s comedy “Californication,” is a roguish struggling novelist who says whatever is on his mind and feels a tug from every member of the opposite sex.
He might get into less trouble if he kept his lip buttoned and his fly zipped. But that wouldn’t be Hank, nor would it be “Californication,” which mines laughs (and, occasionally, gasps) from Hank’s erotic misadventures, and those of his sexed-up fellow travellers.
Starring David Duchovny, “Californication” begins its third season Monday, Sept. 28 on Movie Central and The Movie Network with Hank landing a much-needed teaching job at a local college. This is thanks to a professor who is the sexy mother of a friend of Hank’s teenage daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin).
Here in academia, Hank is primed to seduce his new colleague (whose husband, the dean of the college, is his boss), while a graduate assistant and a sassy coed are also on Hank’s radar.
“I call it adult comedy,” says Duchovny, “but not in the Triple-X sense. It’s adult comedy because the characters are acting foolish but not acting like children. I see most mainstream American comedies with adults acting like children. Hank is childish, but he’s not a child. He’s a man acting childishly.”