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Tommy Lee Gets an F

tommy.jpgIf the finger was an actual grade, that would be the one I'd give "Tommy Lee Goes to College." The idea is kind of stupid, but fortunately, its subject is even dumber.

The show is sort of like the male version of "The Simple Life," with Lee smiling his way through meetings with faculty, band tryouts and horticulture classes. Sadly -- and I never thought I'd ever say this -- he's no Paris Hilton. Maybe his cutey-pie smile might have worked during the "Girls, Girls, Girls" era, but he just comes off as a slightly retarded, aging rocker that was lucky enough to score a reality show on a major network.

Which brings us to the state of reality TV. Remember when it was actually supposed to be real? While I don't deny that the faculty's looks of horror and the "enough already" glances from classmates are 100 percent genuine, it's hard to believe that Lee just happened to get paired up with a super-hot tutor and even made it through band tryouts on his own merit. Hell, how did the guy even get admitted to this school in the first place? My guess is after this six-episode run completes, parents across the country will be crossing this school off their prospect list -- in pen too.

There are a lot of elements that don't really boost the show's grade. The background music sets the stage for stupidity and the too-often-heard narrator sounds like a leftover from "Joe Millionaire."

I really hope Lee is putting us all on. The guy has to have somewhat of a brain, right? He's an accomplished musician and has convinced Pam Anderson to marry him at least twice. Otherwise, the guy really is borderline-retarded. He has five episodes to change my mind, and I am not entirely sure I can make it through this crash course.

"Tommy Lee Goes to College" airs Tuesdays on NBC at 9:00 p.m. (EST) -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on August 16, 2005 10:09 PM
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Why? Why was this approved? Why did a show like this take the place of something more worthwhile?

-- Posted by: mac at August 19, 2005 5:47 PM

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