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Ashton Kutcher co. sues DMV for backing out of TV contract

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With a lawsuit filed this week, dreams of an Ashton Kutcher-produced DMV show have crashed headfirst into the tent-pole of reality television programming.  

Ashton Kutcher's production company, Katalyst Media Inc., sued the California Department of Motor Vehicles for breach of contract accusing the agency of backing out of a reality series focused on the government agency and its parallel parking patrons. 

The company, which produced Kutcher's show "Punk'd" and some of the actor's other projects, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles claiming it's owed more than $1.4 million on the deal. According to the filing, the DMV peeled out of the program on claims the show was no longer in the agency's best interests.

Katalyst says the series had already been promised to the TruTV channel. The DMV does not comment on active lawsuits, said spokesman Mike Marando.

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