Originally scheduled to debut on Tuesday, August 9 following the special 90-minute premiere of The Biggest Loser 2, Tommy Lee Goes to College will now premiere on Tuesday, August 16 at 9PM ET/PT with back-to-back half-hour episodes. NBC has also rescheduled Loser 2's premiere, deciding instead to postpone the show's launch until Tuesday, September 13. Following its special two-episode premiere, Tommy Lee will air regularly in the Tuesday 9:00-9:30PM ET/PT time period.
Taking a page from Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 Back to School film, Tommy Lee Goes to College will follow the notorious Motley Crue rocker as he returns to school to get the college experience he never had. Despite being a 42-year-old twice divorced father of two, the fish-out-of-water Lee enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where cameras followed him as he dealt with collegiate situations like finding a roommate, trying out for the marching band, and cramming for finals with Natalie, his hot tutor.
In an October 2004 letter to the school's faculty and staff, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman attempted to explain why he decided to allow the show to film at his school. Stating that "we're satisfied that the show will not portray the university in a bad light," Perlman explained that "we believe the effort will be serious" and feature "a good message... with which the university can associate."
While recognizing that there were "some risks" to allowing the show to use his campus, Perlman felt that despite having previously "turned down a number of reality opportunities," "the potential for this exposure seemed worth the risk" -- although he also asked the faculty and staff to "join me in keeping your fingers crossed." In addition to stating that "the potential for our recruiting efforts was worth it," Perlman noted that the show's producers agreed to provide internship opportunities to some of the school's students and that Lee (who will be living off-campus) agreed to abide by the university's Student Code of Conduct while at UNL.
Distributed by NBC Universal Television Distribution, the six-episode Tommy Lee Goes To College is executive produced by Eddie October, BT, Richard Bishop, and Brad Wyman, co-executive-produced by Mike Nichols, and produced by Tommy Lee and Carl Stubner.