The Red Hot Chili Peppers are suing Showtime over the name of their new show Californication. The David Duchovny vehicle is about a writer with issues. It also features a character named Dani California, a Chili Peppers song in its own right.
The show's creator, Tom Kapinos, alleges he saw the phrase on a bumper sticker. Even if it were true, he had to know the band would come after him at some point. And Dani California? That's just too much of a coincidence. This would have been relatively easy to avoid if he had just worked with the band from the beginning. They seem like pretty chill guys and it would be a nice cross promotion. It would be easy to soundtrack a show with Chili Peppers songs and covers.
Hindsight is 20/20.
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