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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.

“If lightening strikes tomorrow,” he said, “I make an effort to make sure the end of every season … is a satisfying story.”

One critic asked if the show was taming down its sex scenes after last season, which he said resembled porn.

“That’s totally unfair,” David Duchovny said.

“I don’t feel like it’s ever gone too far,” Kapinos said. “Porn is people having sex on film. These are people pretending to have sex while naked. I have no regrets about the show at all.”

On Sunday, & 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). Still no word on Shameless, but the new comedy performed slightly better out of the gate than Californication, so it’s off to a good start.

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