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Michael Imperioli to 'Californication' in guest role

Steve Schrippa (R) and Michael Imperioli attend the

Steve Schrippa (R) and Michael Imperioli attend the game between the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Bobcats. (Jan. 9, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

And now this: Michael Imperioli will join "Californication's" seventh season, Showtime just announced. Described as a mulit-arc guest role. For '14. Per Showtime: His character is "Rick Rath, a successful old-school television producer who will play a key role in Hank’s (series star and executive producer David Duchovny) latest venture...." Should we stand up stand cheer? Well, we do love Imperioli, but I am also mindful of Maureen Ryan's - Huffington Post TV editor - tweet reaction: "Any time I see an actor I respect is gonna be on Californication, my 1st response is "I'm sorry that person's career is going that badly.""

 In fact, he's been pretty busy - on post-production for a handful of movies, though he hasn't been in an extended series role since "Detroit 1-8-7" ended in 2011.

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