Brian Dunkleman finally has another TV job!
It’s been 13 years since the TV personality and comic co-hosted the first season of American Idol with Ryan Seacrest, after which he made the huge mistake to quit. Seacrest rode American Idol’s wave of immense popularity to become a beloved radio personality and enormously successful television producer. In short, his Idol stint helped transform him into a modern day Dick Clark. Dunkleman quit the show to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and acting, and promptly sunk back into the obscurity from whence he came. Now, he’s a punchline and the poster boy for Really Bad Decisions in Hindsight.
Now, maybe the comic will finally find redemption on the E! network–where his former co-host has made a fortune producing The Kardashians–starring in a single-camera project for the network. Former Psych star James Roday and Ben McMillan and Universal Cable Productions will produce.
Quest For Truth: Dunkleman, is a mockumentary series “in the spirit of popular true crime series like The Jinx and Serial with Brian Dunkleman – the man who made a billion dollar mistake, quitting his job as co-host of American Idol after its first season, and may now be a serial killer,” according to Deadline.
Roday will co-write with McMillan; and will direct and executive produce the show with Siren Create.
There’s apparently a sizzle video starring Dunkleman, as well as Ethan Sandler as Jergens, Julianna Guill as Sandy, Jack Sweeney as Toby and Vik Sahay as Vik.
Dunkleman has always maintained that he quit Idol because he considered the tone of the show too cruel. But I have a feeling he jumped before he was pushed.