PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Actor Ashton Kutcher of the film "Spread" poses for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ashton Kutcher
News item: Ashton Kutcher is producing a reality series set in field offices of the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Your likely first response: A groan. The man who gave the world "Punk'd" is likely to take pot shots at one of the easiest of comedy targets.
Except that this show is unlikely to look like you might think, if it's anything close to honest. If anything, Kutcher might be doing California a great service.
For two reasons:
People go to the DMV when they need a new driver license. Some of those are renewals. Some of those are kids. But a number of people will be going to the DMV because they've just moved to California from some other state or some other country. This show might tell us about such people's hopes and dreams.
That's a wonderful thing, and a counterpoint to today's negative California narrative, which is all about the people and businesses who are leaving the state. This show might inspire even more people to come.