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David Duchovny found his second great role in this sly, funny and startlingly frank adventures of a cultish writer in creative block

It took David Duchovny a while to find the perfect role after The X Files, but a decade on he has struck gold again, as tormented writer Hank Moody. The suspicion that he was perfectly cast as the laconic, irresistibly attractive lead in comedy-drama Californication was only reinforced when, after winning a Golden Globe last year for his performance in the first season, the actor promptly announced he was seeking clinical treatment for sex addiction.

Now midway through its third season in the Us, Californication is the tale of a cultish author struggling with a mid-career creative block, a disorienting move from New York to La, and the collapse of his relationship with his soulmate Karen (the luminous Natascha McElhone, in a nicely pitched study of amused but exasperated indulgence). So far, »

- Tim Lusher

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