Beauty and the Geek

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Ashton Kutcher's Production Company Suing California Department of Motor Vehicles

Ashton Kutcher's production company Katalyst Media is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles for backing out of a reality TV project "abruptly and without justifiable excuse," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Katalyst, along with production company Soda and Pop, Inc., claims that in 2010, Katalyst and the DMV negotiated to develop a half-hour series about the employees and customers of the DMV. TruTV had signed on to air the show before the DMV pulled out.

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A sure-hit show with fun and heart, BEAUTY AND THE GEEK teams up a group of beautiful girls with a bunch of genius guys in the hopes that one group's strengths will help overcome the other group's weaknesses.

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Ashton Kutcher's Production Company Suing California Department of Motor Vehicles

Ashton Kutcher's production company Katalyst Media is suing the California Department of Motor Vehicles for backing out of a reality TV project "abruptly and without justifiable excuse," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Katalyst, along with production company Soda and Pop, Inc., claims that in 2010, Katalyst and the DMV negotiated to develop a half-hour series about the employees and customers of the DMV. TruTV had signed on to air the show before the DMV pulled out.

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Ratings: Idol Rebounds, Kitchen Is Cooking

Tuesday's tallies:8 pm/ETIdol (23.97 million total viewers) rebounded from last week's sizable dip by gaining 2.7 mil, and actually was up four percent from last season's Top 3 performance night. NCIS (14.7 mil) added 900 thou. Beauty and the Geek wrapped up its (final?) season with a typical 1.53 mil.9 pmDWTS slipped 1.5 mil yet of course topped the hour (with 16.6 mil). Hell's Kitchen delivered an all-time best 12.4 mil. The truly penultimate episode of Shark did 10.2 mil, while renewed Reaper dropped 470K, to two mil.10 pmSVU's season-ender delivered 11.32 mil, while the Women's Murder Club series finale scored 8.45 mil, down 230 thou week-to-week. read more

Ratings: Ugly Numbers for Beauty, Tree Hill

This Tuesday's tallies:8 pm/ETAmerican Idol averaged 29.33 million total viewers over its two-hour run. That's up 1.1 mil week-to-week and on par with last year's Top 12 performance show. Biggest Loser (doing 7.66 across two hours) was down a million-plus. Beauty and the Geek scored a date with just 1.88 mil, a 44 percent plunge from last season's opener.9 pmBig Brother (5.92 mil) dropped 800K, while One Tree Hill sank 550 thou to hit a season low of 2.45 mil.10 pmTrailing an SVU repeat and ABC's Primetime (7.5 mil), Jericho matched last week's 5.87 mil. Coming next week: My video Q&A with the Skeetster!What's your take? Are we, at long last, all Geek'd out? read more

Reality Preview: Beauty and the Geek, Top Chef

Two of reality TV's more pleasurable guilty pleasures return this week, one in "top" form and the other going too far in an unfortunate new direction.First up is the CW's Beauty and the Geek (Tuesday, 8 pm/ET) making yet another ill-advised change to the "social experiment," one even more damaging potentially than the last cycle's gender switch of adding a male beauty and a female geek to the game. This time around, the show pits the beauties against the geeks, turning what was once a disarmingly and unexpectedly sweet show into yet another tiresome battle of the sexes — largely abandoning the winning formula of putting beauties and geeks together, encouraging teamwork, and building confidence that goes beyond the stereotypes of stammering nerds and brainless bimbos.No one appears overly pleased at this twist. I know I wasn't. But even with the girls pitted against the guys, the contestants can't help but reach out to each other, even though they're no longer officially coachin... read more

Is This Geek for Real?

As yet another season of Beauty and the Geek ensues, another batch of brilliant (wink, wink) women and socially-challenged men embarrass themselves in front of America. But one geek in particular caught our eye. Perhaps it's his tuxedo t-shirt (which clearly says "I want to be formal, but I'm here to party”), or the shifty-eyed delivery of his touching poem. Whatever it is, we definitely are putting our money on that guy! Go to video close-up now! read more

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Premiered: January 26, 2006, on The WB
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Brainy guys and sexy gals team up to vie for $250,000 in this 'social experiment' from executive producer Ashton Kutcher. The fourth season added a geeky gal and a hot guy into the mix.

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