by DAVE FUMAROLA
Let’s just say it: Clay Aiken isn’t good at winning.
The American Idol runner-up just lost out on a seat in the House of Representatives, but he’s being given a second chance at reality TV courtesy of the Esquire Network. The still untitled four-hour docuseries comes from Academy Award winner Simon Chinn and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn through their company, Lightbox.
Camera crews followed Aiken’s congressional campaign from the announcement of his candidacy all the way through his defeat. “We were granted incredible access during the making of this documentary, and in turn were able to capture the internal workings of an American campaign — the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Simon Chinn in a press release.
“Ultimately, this series is a raw and honest look at American politics through an incredibly unique and compelling candidate,” said Matt Hanna, head of original programming at Esquire Network. ”The opportunity to work with amazing documentarians Simon and Jonathan Chinn, gave Esquire Network the perfect opportunity to explore politics and its intersection with celebrity.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Esquire Network, who are tackling topics that are not only popular and entertaining but also smart and thoughtful,” said Jonathan Chinn.
The network plans to debut the series in early 2015.