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Gearing up for 'Californication'

Showtime's raunchy series, Californication" won't be very entertaining if last season's happy ending is without some bumps in the road in its second season, which begins at 10 p.m. Sunday on the pay-cable channel.

The question is how long it will take author Hank Moody (David Duchovny) to ruin his relationship with his longtime lover Karen (Natascha McElhone). In last season's finale, she bolted from marrying another guy to jump into Hank's convertible with their rebellious and incredibly smart teenage daughter, Becca (Madeleine Martin). Judging by the first three episodes in which Hank befriends a legendary record producer with his taste for adventure, it won't take long.

The show's raunchy content remains extremely high, sometimes laughably so. But it may have been more fun watching Hank last season trying to re-claim the woman he loves than it will be watching him give in to temptation and mess things up again this season.

Sunday's opener takes the low road by trying to get a laugh-fest out of vasectomy pain and there are moments that it is so funny that it hurts. But be warned, the content of this sexually-charged series is aimed at viewers who aren't easily offended.

--Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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