Sunday, Suuuuunday, Sunday! Tonight brings us two series premieres and one season premiere of dysfunctional-dude shows on Showtime: Californication returns for its fourth season, and Shameless and Episodes both premiere. It’s really hard being a middle-aged white guy.
The shows, of course, have absolutely nothing in common. Californication is about a mostly washed-up writer, Episodes about a mostly washed-up actor, and Shameless is about a totally washed-out schlub of a dad. Californication and Shameless both feature questionable, rarely sober parenting and highly sexualized young women played by actresses who made names for themselves in more prim roles – Madeline Zima rose to fame on The Nanny; Emmy Rossum in The Phantom of the Opera. And lest we forget, there is of course the disapproving but occasionally enabling couple, like Californication‘s (divorcing) Charlie and Marcy, and Episodes‘ Sean and Beverly.
As much as I’m teasing, I’m actually pretty pumped for tonight: I can’t be the only person who craves non-football programming on Sundays, right? I was obsessed with the British Shameless, so I’m really looking forward to this adaptation, and the previews for Episodes looked really promising. This season of Californication includes Rob Lowe looking pretty gnarly, and that alone is worth tuning in. (Lowe’s not in tonight’s ep. But still!)
Which show are you looking forward to, PopWatchers?