EXCLUSIVE: The Sopranos alum Michael Imperioli has joined the upcoming seventh season of Showtime‘s comedy series Californication for a major recurring role. He will portray Rick Rath, a successful old-school television producer who will play a key role in Hank’s (David Duchovny) latest venture. Production on Californication‘s 12-episode seventh season begins this month for a 2014 premiere. Imperioli, who co-stars in thriller The Call opposite Halle Berry, will next be seen in the Oldboy remake, reuniting with director Spike Lee. In addition to Sopranos, which earned him an Emmy, Imperioli’s major series stints include Law & Order, Life On Mars and Detroit 187, playing a detective on all of them.
Californication stars Duchovny as hedonistic novelist Hank Moody who is co-parenting his college-aged daughter Becca (Madeleine Martin) while still carrying a torch for her mother, his ex-girlfriend and muse Karen (Natascha McElhone). Best friend and agent Charlie (Evan Handler) and Charlie’s ex-wife Marcy (Pamela Adlon) are always there for moral (and immoral) support. The series is created and executive produced by Tom Kapinos and executive produced by Duchovny.