Tool Academy (U.S. TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||27|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||January 11, 2009 – April 4, 2010|
Tool Academy is a competitive reality television show featuring "unsuspecting bad boys" (and women) who have been sent to "relationship boot camp". The contestants, all of whom have been nominated by their respective partners, initially think they are taking part in a competition for a title. However, shortly after arriving they find out the truth: they are actually being entered into a "charm school" which focuses on teaching them how to behave as partners. Each week, one contestant is eliminated and his/her partner must choose whether or not to stay with him/her. The last contestant remaining wins a $100,000 prize. The show is currently hosted by reality television show host, Jordan Murphy, alongside relationship counselor Trina Dolenz who help the contestants with their relationship problems and decides who is expelled.
Airing of the show
|Season||Premiere||Finale||Reunion||Winners||Runners up||Number of contestants||Number of episodes|
|Season One||January 11, 2009||March 8, 2009||March 15, 2009||Name: Josh (Joshua) Douglas||Name: Matsuflex (Ryan Matsunaga)||9||9|
|Wife: Ashley Pellegrino||Girlfriend: Jenna Fenton|
|Season Two||August 30, 2009||November 8, 2009||None||Name: T Shaw (Terry)||Name: Tyler Synon||12||10|
|Fiancée: Nicole||Girlfriend: Shealyn|
|Season Three||February 14, 2010||April 4, 2010||None||Name: Jacob Tapia||Name: Angelo||10||8|
|Girlfriend: Christie||Girlfriend: Dayna|
Lessons of the Week and Badges to Earn
- Honesty (Season 3)
- Humility (Season 1)
- Communication (Seasons 1–3)
- Trust (Seasons 1–3)
- Family Values (Seasons 1–3)
- Fidelity (Seasons 1–3)
- Maturity (Seasons 1–3)
- Romance (Season 1-Season 2)
- Commitment (Seasons 1-3)
- Dedication (Season 2)
- Appreciation (Seasons 2-3)
- Modesty (Season 2)
The nine men, all of whom have been nominated by their respective girlfriends, initially think they are taking part in a competition for the title of "Mr. Awesome." However, shortly after arriving they find out the truth: they are actually being entered into a "charm school" which focuses on teaching them how to behave as boyfriends. Each week, one contestant is eliminated and his girlfriend must choose whether or not to stay with him. The last contestant remaining will win a $100,000 prize. Relationship counselor Trina Dolenz helps the contestants with their relationship problems and decides who is expelled.
The winner for the first season of Tool Academy was Josh and Ashley. Josh proposed to Ashley after winning the competition, and they got married directly after the graduation ceremony.
A casting call for a second season was announced at the end of the reunion show. The second season of Tool Academy was slated for premiere August 2, 2009 but was changed to August 31, 2009, then was later changed again to August 30, 2009. The show's promo was shown on August 3, 2009 during the premiere of Real Chance of Love 2. The winner for the second season of Tool Academy was T Shaw (Terry) "Dancin Tool" and Nicole. T Shaw proposed to Nicole after winning the competition.
The first episode premiered on February 14, 2010. This season's competitors are both men and women, nominated by their respective partners, including one lesbian couple. The tools and toolettes believe they are competing for the title of Party Ambassador. The winner for the third season of Tool Academy was Jacob "Neander Tool" and Christie.
Controversy and Pornographic Performance
Six cast members from various seasons of Tool Academy filmed pornographic videos for the website Reality Revealed, an offshoot of the gay porn website Straight College Men. From January through March 2010 the videos were released around two weeks apart. Stewart "Stew" Ellefson, Tyler Synon, Daniel "Dan" Jovicevic, and John Lamb of Season 2 appeared in videos, along with Matsuflex (Ryan Matsunaga) and Shawn Southern of Season 1.
On October 21, 2010, Broadcast Magazine reported that Objective Productions would be making Tool Academy for E4 in United Kingdom. The series stays true to the US version, albeit observing certain cultural variations on the format. Channel 4 regular Rick Edwards presents the series alongside TV psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Scott.
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