I am a husker, I went there during their football reign in the mid 90's. It was great to see all the places that I had been many times, and all the new buildings that weren't there a few years back.
I thought the show was great. I don't think it misrepresented the midwest at all, but maybe I missed something. I love how the band geeks could care less about who Tommy is and you can tell they resent the fact that he is there. I hope has some pride and really tries to learn the drumming parts, it's obvious he trying to learn it all on the fly which ain't happening.
Amusing few episodes so far, and I'm sure its very well scripted and thoroughly planned out, making it more of a sitcom which is fine by me. I wouldn't doubt the authenticity of the professors, as they seem much more sociable and tame compared to the ones I've encountered so far.
Who couldn't relate to the potential room mates in the beginning when Tommy came knocking looking for a place to "crash?"
I did not see this, it may have only been in the first episode. They ran an article in the Omaha paper called 'Tommy Lee Show Short on "Reality"' which pointed out all the stuff that was edited/misleading. For example, they said he picked up the marching band drum content very quickly and everyone was impressed but they edit it to make it look like he was struggling even though he didnt. They also said when Dr. Gay calls for the tutor there is no one on the other end of the phone etc. (i.e. I think the tutor was already lined up and they just filmed that fake scene for back story). It doesnt bother me, and I like this particular show, but this is why in general, I despise "reality" TV with every fiber of my being.
After the first week of "Tommy Lee Goes to College," some of the mystery surrounding the show is gone.
It isn't a raunchy rock 'n' roll romp through the heartland, as some had feared. It doesn't give the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a black eye. All in all, Tommy's pretty tame.
But here are a few questions viewers might have after last week's hourlong premiere.
Q. Did Tommy really live in a dorm room?
A. No. Edits make it appear that Lee and roomie Matt Ellis lived in Neihardt Hall. They actually lived at an off-campus location constructed to look like a dorm room. In reality, Neihardt's rooms don't look anything like Lee's pad. The older rooms are tiny and some include sinks. The newer rooms, in the Love wing, are small and sterile.
Q. Did Lee and Ellis actually live together?
A. According to Ellis, yes. They slept, studied and hung out together. Lee, though, didn't stay in Lincoln for a solid period of time. He traveled across the country promoting his book, "Tommyland."
The way Lee chose his roommate wasn't as portrayed on TV. Producers met Ellis at Iguana's Pub, where the Scottsbluff native worked. They told him they were looking for people to appear in a reality show and asked him to attend a casting call. He didn't show up, but they still asked him to be in the program. Producers told Ellis only that he would be a roommate to a celebrity. They set him up at an off-campus location and gave him vague times when the celeb would show up. Ellis said his reaction upon meeting Lee was legit.
Q. Was Lee enrolled in classes for a full semester?
A. In promotional interviews, Lee claims he was at UNL for a full semester. That isn't reality. He was there about a month last October and part of November. He also was not officially enrolled in classes. He was auditing them and did not receive credit.
Q. Did Lee really have a lot of trouble learning to play with the marching band?
A. No. The scenes of him doing poorly in the first few episodes don't tell the whole story, said Nate Campbell, who was Lee's direct superior on the drumline. Although playing a marching drum set is much different - and usually more difficult - from playing on a rock 'n' roll setup, Lee did quite well early on, Campbell said. But producers didn't show that footage. They chose to show only Lee's struggles.
"I was impressed with how quickly he picked it up," Campbell said.
Q. How real is the show?
A. It depends on whom you ask.
Lee, Ellis and "hot tutor" Natalie Riedmann all said in interviews that some of the situations were set up, but the events that transpired were real. For example, producers told Riedmann, who was cast for the series after a talent scout noticed her on campus, to show up at a certain location to tutor Lee. Aside from blowing her hair with a fan and adding dramatic lighting and music, things happened naturally, she said.
Professor Tim Gay's role, though, was almost totally contrived. After Lee attended his class, producers looked at daily cuts and decided they needed more of Gay in the show. So they asked him to be Lee's adviser. Lee and Gay met in Gay's lab and ad-libbed scenes. In the first episode, Gay pretended to call the chemistry department to set up a tutor. In reality, no one was on the other end of the phone.
Now that I know he is only auditing, the whole thing just seems lame to me. I also thought that it sucked that they had him come in what is obviously mid-semester. Why not start him out at the beginning of the year so he actually has a chance? I don't know if anyone could do well in college when thrown in to classes that have been going on for months.