The Esquire Network announced on Wednesday that they plan to air a 4-hour documentary series looking behind the scenes of Clay Aiken’s congressional campaign.
According to a press release from the network, Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Jonathan Chinn (“30 Days”), both Academy Award-winning documentary filmmakers, began filming from inside Aiken’s campaign in February.
Aiken, who has been runner-up on both “American Idol” and “Celebrity Apprentice” competitions and is the co-founder of the National Inclusion Project, which helps children with disabilities, lost his race this week to incumbent Renee Ellmers in North Carolina’s predominantly Republican 2nd District.
The network doesn’t yet have a name for the series, nor does it have a concrete premiere date – 1st quarter of 2015 is what they’re aiming for.
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Writer Allison Glock spent time with a campaigning Aiken this summer for a piece for the November issue of Esquire magazine called “Clay Aiken Doesn’t Sing Anymore.”
From the Esquire release: “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 executive producer Simon Chinn of Lightbox.
The series examines what it takes to run a campaign from the perspective of a candidate who is both a newcomer to the American political scene, and also a well-known celebrity. Throughout, Aiken struggles with his desire to be seen as a viable candidate and his need to convince voters (and America) to take him seriously.
Aiken, who would have been the first openly gay congressman elected from the South, lives in Cary.
Locally, Esquire Network can be found on channel 114 on Time Warner Cable; channel 235 on DirecTV; channel 191 on DISH; and channels 380, 381 and 1380 on AT&T U-Verse.