I wonder what the severity of this discovery really is; maybe something, maybe nothing. I won’t mince words for too long beforehand but this could be my big break in television psychic predictions. Here is a recent trend I’ve noticed, illustrated by examining one actor in three shows, the prediction being regarding his fourth show.
Let us consider David Duchovny. Let us consider Red Shoe Diaries, X-Files, and Californication.
David Duchovny. David effing Duchovny. What does this man have that created this monster? He starred, beginning in 1992, in a Showtime original series called “Red Shoe Diaries”, a late-weekend-night “naughty-bit” that lasted six seasons. He played a newspaper correspondent, named Jake Winters, who answered personals beginning “Dear Red Shoes”, repeatedly from women recounting illicit encounters that they felt were noteworthy. So let’s just take quick stock here – DD plays a newspaper man who is constantly involved in some way with womens’ personal relationships.
Starting in 1993 DD was cast as the co-lead alongside Gillian Anderson as Agent Mulder of the X-Files and was highly successful for seven years on this show. Please note the overlap: 1993 – 1998 Duchovny played a paranormalist FBI agent for Fox at 10:00pm Friday nights, then went out and played a horn-dog newspaper columnist at 11:30 on Showtime. Please note that the, call it “cult”, following of RSD was enough for Showtime to keep it running for six years, while Duchovny enjoyed ratings never dipping below 7.1 million viewers on the X-Files since the shows inception in 1993. Also note that the show experienced its peak in the 1997-1998 season, topping 17 million viewers REGULARLY. 17 million. Then there was the semi-successful first movie, which lead DD to leave the show in 2000 after seven years of massive success.
Not much was heard out of this guy for a while. Not much was heard out of this guy BEFORE Red Shoe Diaries, but tons during the 90s then a gap. Where does he go next? Back to Showtime. The highly successful and critically acclaimed “Californication”, starring David Duchovny as the pernicious “Hank”, a successful novelist whos acclaim reaches fever pitch because his book “God hates us all” is being made into a romantic comedy called “Crazy little thing called love”. Every episode contains at least 3 nude scenes from a veritable abortion-clinic waiting room of failed and failing actresses who want to take their clothes off in a last-ditch effort to get another part, smarmy dialogue from David Duchovny, and a mildly entertaining plot with several hilarious twists that keep people watching. Basically an adult-sitcom; in other words, so gratuitous that it isn’t even offensive. Strange, no?
Stock time again: The monotone, middle-aged, “no-George-Clooney-to-say-the-least” David Duchovny returns to Showtime as a writer who is constantly wrapped up in nude women. See a pattern? Here it is: in 2007 Californication starts. 2008? A new X-Files movie that he came back for.
So here’s my prediction: David Duchovny gets involved in another mind-games show and does really well, disappears, comes back in a “naughty-bit”, etc and so forth until he dies. But why him? I have a theory on that, too. Look at the name. Duchovny. Pronounced (doo•kuv•nee). Break it down further – Duch-ov-ny…Duke-of-NY…the fabled Duke of New York, A #1 guy. Is it him? You tell me.