You know the feeling: The sun has tucked itself behind the horizon, and the insidious ticking of the 60 Minutes stopwatch means Sunday night is here and responsibility beckons. But this weekend a couple of seventh-day premium cable options might just help you feel a little better about your station in life. Fans of Hank Moody, David Duchovny’s woe-is-me wordsmith on Showtime’s Californication, will delight in seeing him back in his uniform of extended adolescence. The droll, sex-addicted writer played by the droll, sex-addicted actor is out of jail for season four and coping with his troubles, both existential and legal, with his signature kind of delighted ennui.
If delving into Hank’s statutory rape conviction and emotional pity party aren’t enough to chase away the Sunday blues, William H. Macy kicks off his new series Shameless. Not to be outdone by his lead-in, Macy plays a boozy slacker collecting disability after getting hit in the face with a chicken corpse. (Oh, to be a fly on the wall during that pitch.) The show ostensibly has Macy raging like an Old School ne’er-do-well; reason enough to watch the normally buttoned-up character actor let loose with a little age-inappropriate partying. The kind folks at Showtime are even giving away the shows free to hook non-subscribers. Sundays may never be the same.