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A Reality Show About The California DMV? Really, Ashton Kutcher?!

June 20, 2012 01:00 PM by Shayla Perry

Please tell us that we’re being Punk’d! Ashton Kutcher‘s production company, Katalyst Media, has filed a lawsuit against California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, claiming that the agency dropped out of a deal to develop a half-hour reality show about “the various humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing, and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis at DMV’s more than 170 offices across the State of California.” We couldn’t make this stuff up! Read on for all of the details.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, DMV director George Valvaerde committed to working with Kutcher’s production company, Katalyst, providing full access to the different facilities to shoot four initial episodes of the docu-series, DMV. (What a catchy title!)

Based on that agreement, Ashton’s business partners, who also brought us MTV‘s Punk’d and True Beauty (ABC), negotiated with TruTV to air the finished program on their network, only to find out six weeks later that the people at the DMV no longer felt that the show was in its “best interests,” and would “not be moving forward on such a project.”

California’s Deputy Attorney General argues that the series “does not directly serve the public interest or carry out DMV’s mission,” but the folks at Katalyst aren’t accepting that as a reason for them to breach their original contract.

Now, they’re suing the DMV for $1.4 million in damages for pre-production costs that Katalyst has already shelled out.

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