The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are suing Showtime over the name of its new David Duchovny-assisted show CALIFORNICATION.

“Californication,” which is also the name of the band’s 1999 album and a single on it.

The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is “inherently distinctive, famous … and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer” with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Front man ANTHONY KIEDIS said: “CALIFORNICATION’ is the signature CD, video and song of the band’s career, for some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right.”

The series stars DAVID DUCHOVNY starring as Dani California, a writer going through a midlife crisis.

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