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'Californication' ending after season 7

Our time with Hank Moody is coming to an end.

Showtime has announced that its hit comedy series Californication will air 12 episodes in its final season 7 run.

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

The show, which debuted in August 2007, will kick off its farewell season in April.

Heather Graham to guest on 'Californication'

Two notable actresses are dropping in on the seventh season premiere of Showtime’s Californication: Heather Graham (The Hangover) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) will guest star.

Graham will play a woman from Hank’s (David Duchovny) past whose arrival upends his life, while Rajskub will play a neurotic writer.

They join recently announced guest star Michael Imperioli. Production on the seventh season’s 12 episodes begins later this month. The show returns sometime next year.

Vince Vaughn produces S&M series for FX

Apparently emboldened by the explosive success of Fifty Shades of Grey, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions is working with FX to create a TV show called Whipped that tackles Fifty‘s themes of sadomasochism, reports Vulture. Inspired by Shawna Keeney’s memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, the series will follow a Washington, D.C., college student who turns to S&M work to pay her way through school and finds herself entangled with high-powered politicians along the way. Vaughn and FX tapped Gina Fattore, former co-executive producer for Gilmore Girls and Californication, as showrunner.

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David Duchovny on Zalman King: 'He really had the soul of an artist'

When a pre-X-Files David Duchovny was hired by filmmaker Zalman King ( 9 1/2 Weeks, Wild Orchid, Two Moon Junction) for the Showtime series Red Shoe Diaries, he admits he was a bit on the inexperienced side. “As an actor I was terrible. I was green and I didn’t know it, and he didn’t tell me — which is good. I was blissfully ignorant of my own limitations,” laughs Duchovny. “Zalman just filled me with confidence. When he told me I was great, I believed it, and I started to make my way towards getting better as an actor. For a guy on his first or second job, I couldn’t have been luckier to have a man as generous as him.”

King, who died on Feb. 3 at the age of 70, left a lasting impression on Duchovny. “Zalman really had the soul of an artist,” says the Californication star. READ FULL STORY

'Shameless,' 'House of Lies' and 'Californication' renewed by Showtime

Showtime has renewed a third season of Shameless, a second season of House of Lies, and a sixth season of Californication.

“These three shows are clearly resonating with audiences as evidenced by their steady growth on Sunday nights,” said Entertainment President David Nevins, in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the creative work being done by the casts, producers and writers – and I so appreciate that each of these series has such a clear and distinctive voice.”

All three Sunday night shows have posted double-digit year-to-year growth, Showtime says. Shameless averages 4.75 million weekly viewers across multiple platforms (On Demand, replays and DVR) and is up 30 percent versus season 1. House of Lies bowed as as the network’s second highest-rated freshman premiere night ever (3.98 million weekly viewers).

Season five of Californication averages 2.96 million viewers.

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‘Shameless’ premiere react: Are the Gallaghers even raunchier in the summertime?
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'Fringe,' 'Castle,' 'The Secret Circle,' 'The Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday, all!

What a week it’s been. If you, like me, are suffering from this strange, post-holiday walking coma, then hopefully this week’s column puts a little skip back into your step.

Thanks to everyone who has been answering the call for questions. (Remember, no question is stupid! Unless it is. Kidding!) So keep it up! spoilerroom@ew.com

Oh, and I just figured out how to make one of these nifty Twitter buttons! (Don’t tease — I know I’m ridiculously late to the cool button party.)

‘FRINGE’ BOSSES ANSWER YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS! READ FULL STORY

'The Glades,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Covert Affairs,' and 'House': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Summer is in full swing here, as you can tell from the slate of shows on tap this week. And it’s going to be a pretty solid week, Roomies! I’m particularly excited about The Glades and Burn Notice, the subjects of your two pieces of big scoop this week.

Be sure to send me requests for your favorite summer shows via email: You can do so by emailing spoilerroom@ew.com. And, as always, I can be found trolling Twitter @EWSandraG.

‘BURN NOTICE': THREE BURNING QUESTIONS, ANSWERED!

The new season of Burn Notice is upon us, readers, and it’s going to be a good one! But it seems I’ve been inundated with your inquiries about this season more than ever, and I’m happy to help!  So I’ve plucked out three of the most frequent questions and posed them to Jeffrey Donovan: READ FULL STORY

Midseason and summer premieres on cable: When to look for 'True Blood,' 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Weeds'

UPDATED, 4/1: We’ve updated our list to reflect the return of Deadliest CatchEntourage and The Closer. Or maybe you are just dying to know when Toya: A Family Affair bows on BET! Here are some debut dates for many basic and premium cable shows through July: READ FULL STORY

'Fringe,' 'Bones,' 'Parenthood,' 'NCIS: LA': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s been quite the week for TV, Roomies. And as we head into finale season, the info keeps pouring in!

Below is what I’ve dug up this week, but remember that I use your inquiries as a guide. Let me know what shows you want to know about! And you can do so (as always) in two ways: via e-mail spoilerroom@ew.com and via Twitter @EWSandraG.

FRINGE: EPS TEASE TRIPPIEST EPISODE SINCE ‘BROWN BETTY’
Full disclosure: I was originally going to preview tonight’s episode of Fringe for you, but honestly, I’m in such a pleasant mood over the renewal that I say we move on to bigger matters, like episode 19, airing April 15.

Before the big news, Jeff Pinkner and Joel H. Wyman hopped on the phone with me to tease an episode I’ve been dying to know more about ever since I heard a rumor that it would be Astrid-centered, which, it turns out, isn’t entirely the case. Oh, I’ll just let them explain. READ FULL STORY

'Californication' renewed; won't end like 'Lost'

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UPDATED: Hank Moody is getting a fifth season.

Showtime has picked up Californication for another round, and don’t expect producers to put the brakes on the show anytime soon. Asked by a critic at TCA if he’s tempted to set a series end date like Lost, executive producer Tom Kapinos said “no way.”

“I’m riding this to the bitter end,” he said. “I believe in sticking with something until we’ve squeezed every drop out of it.”

That said, the rather dramatic upcoming fourth season finale of the show was written as if, just in case, the show wasn’t renewed. READ FULL STORY

Ratings for 'Californication,' 'Shameless,' 'Episodes' are in

Showtime’s triple punch of three comedy premieres Sunday night included the return of Californication delivering its best season debut rating yet.

Even without its usual Dexter lead-in, David Duchovny & Co. pulled in 848,000 viewers at 9 p.m. for its fourth season opener (and 1. 1 million viewers total if you include its repeat). READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Californication' scores Lenny Kravitz's daughter

zoe-kravitzImage Credit: Charles Norfleet/PR PhotosReady to feel old? Zoe Kravitz, aka the daughter of rocker Lenny and onetime Cosby kid Lisa Bonet, is now old enough to be guest-starring on a show as racy as Showtime’s Californication! READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'True Blood,' 'Lost,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' 'Castle,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO; Art Streiber/ABC; Michael Desmond/ABCGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Will Grey’s Anatomy address Izzie’s whereabouts at all? Or are they just going to pretend she never existed now that Katherine Heigl isn’t returning? —Mickey
Ausiello:
They’re definitely not going to pretend she never existed. In fact, I’m told the Izzie issue will be addressed during May sweeps. For her part, Katherine Heigl thinks her Jan. 21 farewell — while not originally intended to be her last episode — oddly works as a bookend to Izzie’s story. “Even though there’s a part of me that would like to go back and do the quick Izzie farewell,” she says, “I also think that my last scene — where Meredith says to Izzie, ‘Don’t go, we’re your family,’ and Izzie’s response was, ‘No you’re not, you’re just a bunch of people I worked with, and I can find that anywhere’ — was kind of tragic and appropriate all at the same time. When I was playing the scene I was really trying to convey that, for Izzie, that was a lie that she had to tell herself to have the courage to move on.”

Question: I’m on my hands and knees begging for some True Blood news! —Nick
Ausiello:
The show is currently shooting episode 6, penned by executive producer Alan Ball. And guess what? It contains what Ball describes as an “intense” Sookie/Eric moment. “Let’s put it this way,” he adds, “I think people will have strong feelings about it.” In possibly related news, Ball told TV Guide that “Sookie is sexually drawn to [Eric] because she’s had his blood. But there is another reason he’s drawn to her, one that will be revealed this season.” READ FULL STORY

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