Tuesday, August 9 2005 - 9:30pm

Tommy Lee Goes To College will take a page from Rodney Dangerfield's 1986 Back to School film and follow notorious Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee 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 has enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, where cameras will follow him as he deals 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.