Reality shows are all the buzz and Ashton Kutcher knows how to cash in on a good thing. With the popularity of “Airline” and “Lizard Lick Towing”, Kutcher knows that people get upset and irate when they are made to wait or feel like they are being jerked around. He also know s for that kind of treatment, there is not better place than the local Department of Motor Vehicles. Kutcher struck a deal with the California DMV to do just that, showcase the day to day dilemmas that tend to occur at local license branches. The deal was made for four shows with six more to be filmed over the following few months.
True to form, though, a few weeks after the signing of the contract, one of the executives of California Department of Motor Vehicles nixed the deal. A short letter consisting of just a few short sentences expressed their intent to back out of the deal. Kutcher and Katalyst Productions immediately took action and filed a lawsuit for breach of contract. The original deal between Kutcher and the DMV was for $1.44 million dollars. He is asking for at least that amount if the courts allow the state agency to back out of the deal.
Kutcher’s idea for the show was to let people see the funnier side of a day at the DMV. People waiting in line, excuses that are made as to why a person has been driving on an expired license for over a year and the crazy faces people make during the infamous picture taking moment. He had the right idea for a docu-series that would shed some light on some of the hopefully more humorous of events that occur in the lives of the DMV attendants. Now, it’s his turn to wait in line and get the shaft and that is even before the show could start filming. Maybe he should have just filmed the deal making process!