The writing is intriguing, but so far the two problems still exist for me:
1. This poor bastard is having hot ass thrown at him in all directions, constantly. It's just impossible for the viewer to feel sorry for his character. Sure he's twisted and tormented over losing the relationship with the mother of his child, but having gorgeous women beg you to bang them certainly takes the edge off
2. This supposed 'great writer' isn't. Go back and listen to what he put as his first blog entry. Absolute terrible cliched crap. It reminds me of the people who used to criticize that the 'skits' we briefly saw on 'Studio 60' weren't that funny and this show is supposed to be a huge hit. Everyone used to say, the show isn't about the 'show within the show' but rather everything else around it. Well I'm sure the same is true about Californication, but if you're going to subject us to his genius, then you'd better make it damn good or the whole premise goes away.