'Californication' Lubes up for a Third Season

Good news for Hank Moody: Not only is his STD treatable, but now he'll be back for even more angsty, irresponsible shenanigans.

Showtime has picked up a third season of its Golden Globe-winning " Californication," it was announced today.

"It wouldn't be Showtime without a yearly dose of 'Californication,'" says Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's President of Entertainment. "This unapologetic show, about a group of characters led by the inimitable David Duchovny, has quickly established itself as one of our signature comedy series. Beneath its veneer of debauchery, however, is a complex take on love and adult relationships that surprisingly turns poetic and romantic just when you least expect it."

Adds Duchovny, "[The cast and I] have such creative freedom and support, it's been a peak experience, and I am so happy to be doing the show."

The third season will return in late 2009 with 12 new episodes. Production for the season will begin next spring.

On the Showtime dramedy, novelist/blogger and conflicted guy Hank Moody (Duchovny) deals with his weakness for sex, drugs and telling the truth, which causes friction in his relationships with his Goth-edged teenaged daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin) and ex-girlfriend Karen (Natascha McElhone).

"Californication" won an Emmy for its cinematography and a Golden Globe for Duchovny.