Tommy Lee Goes to College debuts tonight

The summer reality TV season winds down this week with two final premieres of new shows. Tonight, NBC debuts Tommy Lee Goes to College, which has a completely self-explanatory title. For the series, the rocker attended school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

As the Toronto Sun points out, a disclaimer follows the episode that basically says the series is largely scripted. It says:

“Tommy Lee attended classes but was not an enrolled student. Some elements have been produced and/or edited for comedy. Some scenes were filmed on UNL campus but others were filmed off campus where Tommy lived with his roommate.”

As a result, critics are divided about the new series. The New York Post’s Linda Stasi gets right to the point and says “it’s about as real as his former wife/current girlfriend, Pamela Anderson’s second set of breasts”; she says one “scene [is] so fake it’s embarrassing.” But The New York Daily News’ David Bianculli says “Lee’s personality is so winning and his desire to do well so sincere that you end up rooting for the guy, embracing him and the show.”

Tommy Lee Goes to College [NBC]

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