It’s a terrible, terrible place. Winding lines that never end filled with complaining and angry people from all walks, runs, hops, skips and jumps of life. Weird smells and sticky chairs. Rows and rows of pamphlets. And a ton of sighing.
All matched by the most disgruntled workforce in America.
It’s your neighborhood DMV, folks. As far as reality television settings go, it’s also just about the best darn place for one. There’s no need for creating any fake drama, because the collective blood pressure between those walls is combustible like lighter fluid. DMVs, no matter where you are (I’ve been in ones in Connecticut, Massachusetts and California) all feel a stubbed toe away from a riot.
So it makes perfect sense that the California DMV has backed out of a deal where it would participate in a reality show being developed by the venerable Ashton Kutcher and his television company, Katalyst Media.
In turn, Katalyst is suing California for $1.44 million for breach of contract. The suit alleges Katalyst successfully negotiated with the DMV “to capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanizing and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis at DMV offices.” Katalyst claims money was spent money on pre-production; four initial episodes were planned, with the option for six additional half-hour installments.
The DMV declared six weeks after the initial agreement ‘the show was no longer in the DMV’s best interests’ and it ‘would not be moving forward on such a project.’
That’s about the same type of explanation the DMV offers if you disagree with any decision they make, regardless of how logical and well-thought out your objection is.
Why is the DMV like this? Because they are all-knowing and powerful, naturally.
It’s clear the department wanted to avoid a PR nightmare from public, viral exposure to how bad and testy it can get in there.