He may have come in second, yet again, in his bid to win hearts and minds, but make no mistake: Clay Aiken is not done with you yet, America. He may have lost American Idol. He may have lost Celebrity Apprentice. He may have lost North Carolina’s 2nd Congressional district. He may have even lost all your respect as a human being. But he’s not going to lose your attention.
If you have Esquire network, that is. Turns out, the Clay Aiken has reality television cameras with him throughout his entire campaign, and Esquire network is going to broadcast the good, the bad, the ugly and, I assume, the loss, in a four-part “docu-series.”
Esquire Network will go behind the scenes of Clay Aiken’s failed congressional bid with a new docuseries.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network announced late Tuesday — following Aiken’s defeat in North Carolina — that camera crews have been documenting the American Idol alum’s bid for a seat in the House.
The four-hour untitled docuseries, from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (American High), will premiere in the first quarter of 2015. The Lightbox duo have been filming from inside Aiken’s campaign since his February candidacy announcement, through the May primary and Tuesday’s final results.
Apparently, the camera crew was there for it all: the first campaign bus, the first campaign commercial and the first campaign loss. The film crew calls the documentary “raw” and says it will provide an intimate look at the inside of the American campaign, if, of course, every American campaign is run by a guy who made a name for himself singing karaoke on a television contest hosted by Ryan Seacrest. Esquire’s president promises that the documentary will also be an inside look at a unique and compelling candidate, who was, unfortunately, not unique and compelling enough for people to actually vote for.
I tend to think this means we were all drawn in to a really interesting social test that we all, by not actually electing Clay Aiken, ultimately passed.
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