I’m currently watching Tommy Lee Goes to College, a new half hour reality sitcom on NBC featuring Tommy Lee as a freshman at University of Nebraska. This show is another program in what I deem to be a recent trend of academic television.
Originating with the celebrity success of Ken Jennings on Jeopardy and continuing on with ABC’s The Scholar, and the WB’s Beauty and the Geek. Network television has recently embraced smart celebrities. Even Tommy Lee’s wife, Pamela Anderson, starred in her own academic sitcom, Stacked.
NOTE: Perhaps it originated with the intellectual component of Survivor.
I’m not certain whether this is a fad or indicative of a general trend towards an acceptance of the academic as cool. Of course I do my best to incorporate an attractive, pop appeal to the academic stereotype and I think that most of these shows are trying to do the same. On the other hand, education is something that everyone is capable and should be pursued by a larger percentage of the population. By having successful pop stars pursue an education and by making academics celebrities, the media seems to be pushing an agenda to encourage academic pursuits. I guess we’ll see if he gets past his freshman year…
On the plus side, Tommy Lee has an incredibly sexy chemistry tutor. I wish I had one when I failed 5.11 the first time.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the soul. – Joseph Addison