Esquire preps docuseries on Clay Aiken’s Congressional bid

U.S. net Esquire Network is set to take audiences behind the scenes of former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken's just-ended political campaign for a seat in Congress. (Pictured: Aiken)
November 5, 2014

U.S. net Esquire Network is set to take audiences behind the scenes into former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken’s just-ended political campaign for a seat in Congress.

The as-yet-untitled, four-hour docuseries – set to air early next year – follows Aiken’s campaign in the North Carolina Congressional race, from his candidacy announcement in February, through to the May primary and ultimately last night’s (November 4) election, which saw the Democratic candidate lose to incumbent Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.

The docuseries – which follows Aiken (pictured above) and examines his unusual status as a newcomer to politics but a veteran of the American pop music scene – is directed by Man on Wire producer Simon Chinn and his cousin, 30 Days producer Jonathan Chinn, founders of the media company Lightbox, which is producing the series for Esquire.

“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 statement.

Matt Hanna, Esquire Network’s head of original programming, added: “Ultimately, this series is a raw and honest look at American politics through an incredibly unique and compelling candidate. 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.”

Jonathan and Simon serve as executive producers on the project, alongside Mitchell Tanen of Lightbox.

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