Tool Academy premiered on VH1 on January 4, 2009. They parade through dance clubs, preening and posing while they bestow a great gift on womankind... themselves. They live in their own little world where their spray-on tan defines them, muscles are the new black and no woman, especially your girlfriend's best friend, is off limits. They lie, they cheat, they treat their women like door mats. They are America's Tools... and they need help. They just don't know it yet. But their women do. So, nine frustrated women, all dating complete tools, will take one last chance at reforming them by enrolling them in the only place that can make a difference and transform them... the Tool Academy. The Tool Academy is dedicated to taking the most arrogant, dishonest, thoughtless and unfaithful boyfriends and transforming them into husband material. Under the watchful eye of the host and a couple's therapist they will live together and train together in hopes of reforming themselves and becoming better men. But there's a catch. Since men this thoughtless and arrogant won't admit they have a problem, they must be tricked into showing up. So, when the men arrive at Tool Academy, they won't know WHY they are there... they'll be under the impression that they are competing in a pageant called "Mr. Awesome" - a search for America's ultimate Alpha Male. Of course, they quickly learn the truth... for 30 days they must enroll in Tool Academy, where they will learn lessons in proper behavior focusing on such topics as Trust, Romance, Family Values, and Communication. If they learn their lessons well, they can stay. If they do not, they "fail" and are dismissed from Tool Academy. Each week, therapist Trina Dolenz uses her supreme powers in detecting a truly "incorrigible tool" and eliminates one contestant. Upon elimination, the tool in question will have one opportunity to plead his case to his lady love - who decides, on the spot whether or not she'll give him another shot, or dump him. In the end, only one tool will remain... rewarded for his efforts at redemption with a $100,000.00 cash prize... and the actual title of Mr. Awesome.