There are few places in the world where more frustrated people congregate than the DMV. With long lines, rigid rules and no alternative, the house of misery is always filled with all sorts of people, arguing, bitching and rolling their eyes about the people around them, the workers and the time they’ll never get back. As such, it seems like the perfect venue for a reality show, and for a few weeks back in 2010, it was going to have one.

Ashton Kutcher’s production company Katalyst Media entered into a partnership with the Californai Department of Motor Vehicles two years ago. The agreement was for an initial four-episode run that would be sold to a network and hopefully, spun into a full-on show. The former That 70s Show star successfully negotiated a deal with Tru TV to air the program, but almost immediately after that happened, the DMV reportedly fired off a five sentence letter severing the agreement.

Without access to shoot at any of the 170 some locations, the show quickly died, leaving Katalyst reportedly out more than a million dollars in pre-production costs. According to E! Online, the company filed a lawsuit earlier this week to recover that money, arguing the DMV saying the show was no longer in its best interests wasn’t reason enough to sever the contract.

Given what an awful and vicious time suck it can sometimes be, I’m sure most people are apt to side with Kutcher over the DMV, but we’ll have to wait and see what a judge thinks in the coming months.

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