Speaking of local TV, there's a lot of locally based television going on right now. The N -- Nickelodeon's brainy older sister -- just greenlit "South of Nowhere", a high school drama about a family who moves from Ohio to Los Angeles and finds itself in the middle of a fast-paced, metropolitan environment and a overcrowded "anything goes" L.A. public school. Considering how forward thinking and 'real' their current youth hit series, Degrassi: The Next Generation (yes, we watch. Shut up. If Kevin Smith likes it, we can like it, too), we have high hopes that "South of Nowhere" will give an accurate view of the tensions, struggles and triumphs that currently happen in our schools. They are casting now and plan to shoot in town.
While claiming to be reality tv, Hell's Kitchen, according to epicurious, isn't very real at all. Apparently, the problem customers so prevalent on the show are actors brought in to be professionally obnoxious. The move seems to be working, so we don't really have a problem with that, but if you're going to claim to be "reality tv," hiring actors and not telling the audience seems to be bad form.
Besides, you're in LA. It's not like we're lacking for obnoxious diners. I'm sure some of the trendier restaurants in town would be happy to loan you a few.