Rocker Tommy Lee and socialite Kathy Hilton are NBC's newest reality stars. When they sit down for afternoon tea with TV Guide, worlds collide! In her new series, I Want to Be a Hilton, Kathy Hilton coaches aspiring social climbers in the art of civilized behavior. In Tommy Lee Goes to College (premiering August 16), Tommy Lee does just what the title suggests. We thought it only proper to ask Kathy, the mother of heirheads Paris and Nicky, to teach bad-boy Tommy a lesson in etiquette. Here's what happened.
The Scene: A private dining room in the posh Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A waiter carefully places fine bone china teacups, silver pots and a three-tiered stand laden with finger sandwiches and pastries on a table for two.
Tommy Lee enters, wearing a striped fuzzy sweater and carrying a hat in his tattooed hand. Across the room, he spies Kathy Hilton, looking elegant in a chic floral frock.
Considering the trashy chaos frequently caused by her two hell-raising daughters, Paris and Nicky, it's strange to learn that Kathy Hilton is an etiquette stickler. Starting tonight at 9 pm/ET, she'll be seen tutoring contestants in the art of gracious living on NBC's I Want to Be a Hilton.
"People today do not have manners," Mother Hilton tells TVGuide.com. "I've been at very elegant dinner parties where you're in someone's beautiful home and they've got this gorgeous art on the wall, and some of them don't even know which fork to use. So money doesn't buy class."
Hilton's reality series attempts to gentrify 14 ragamuffins from all walks of life in what she calls "The Apprentice meets My Fair Lady." The winner gets a swanky New York City apartment and a $200,000 trust fund. But first, th