Tom Kapinos

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Tom Kapinos
Occupation(s) Writer, producer, screenwriter

Tom Kapinos is an American television writer and screenwriter best known for his creation of the Showtime series Californication and the Fox series Lucifer .


Early life

Kapinos attended Island Trees School District on Long Island, New York. [1]


Kapinos moved from New York to California in the mid-1990s, working in Los Angeles for Creative Artists Agency as a staff story analyst. In 1999, Fox 2000 purchased his first sold screenplay, The Virgin Mary, with actress Jennifer Aniston attached to play the title role. [2] The film was never made, but after reading The Virgin Mary the producers of Dawson's Creek offered Kapinos a job. [3]

After beginning his career in television in 1999 as a writer and eventually executive producer on Dawson's Creek, Kapinos moved on to his own series, Californication , a dramedy on which he was executive producer and chief writer.



The numbers in writing credits refer to the number of episodes.

TitleYearCredited asNetworkNotes
Dawson's Creek 1998–2003NoYes (20)Yes The WB Creative consultant (season 3: 13 episodes)
Co-producer (season 3: 10 episodes)
Supervising producer (season 4)
Californication 2007–14YesYes (66)Yes Showtime
Dead People2015YesYesYes The CW Unaired pilot
Lucifer 2016–2021DeveloperYes (1)Yes Fox
Executive consultant (34 episodes)
Roadies 2016NoYes (1)NoShowtime
White Famous 2017YesYes (10)YesShowtime
Lovestruck2019YesYesYesFoxUnaired pilot

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