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TV Junkie: Jim Carrey Hosts 'SNL' Tomorrow; 'Californication' Rounds Out Showtime's Sunday

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The usual suspects come back together in the 4th season of "Californication" (premieres Sunday at 9pm on Showtime) - but will they become a family or finally head their separate ways?
The highlights for this weekend include Jim Carrey's hosting of "SNL" tomorrow night - his very presence will keep everyone on their A-game, we hope. Carrey did a very funny promotion for the show last night on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" by conducting his entire interview with Fallon on a treadmill where he was, in fact, running at a pretty good clip.We already wrote extensively about two of Showtime's Sunday premieres, "Episodes" and "Shameless," both are great shows and are worth your time - perhaps even so worth it, that combined with "Dexter," "Nurse Jackie," and the upcoming "The Borgias," might be enough to convince you to subscribe. Showtime will also be premiering the 4th season of "Californication" this Sunday. If you've pulled away from "Californication" over the last couple seasons, you might want to come back as we found the entire season to be pretty darn good, so good that we were compelled to watch the entire season in one sitting. Season 4 features a lot of getting back to the basics between David Duchovny's Hank Moody and his somewhat estranged girlfriend/wife and daughter, Karen and Becca played by Natascha McElhone and Madeleine Martin (who is fantastic!).

This doesn't mean that the sexual hijinks are over for Hank Moody, however, as the show sticks to the formula of at least one Hank Moody sexual encounter per episode. But there seems to be even more laughs this time between Hank, his literary agent Charlie Runkle (Evan Handler) and Charlie's ex-wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon). We were also very happy to see the return of Madeline Zima as Mia Lewis - when we talked to the very sweet Madeline at the Summer Television Critics Association sessions, it seemed like only a "film version" of Mia would appear but in order to figure out what exactly happened when Hank and the underage Mia hooked up several seasons ago, Zima was brought back. We don't want to utter any spoilers but there are some great story arcs and performances by guest stars during a season that brings everything to the next level.