Brian Dunkleman has ridden the roller-coaster of fame, rising from obscurity to national recognition as co-host alongside Ryan Seacrest on the first season of American Idol before quitting to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and acting, a move he has publicly admitted as being a mistake. Now he will topline a single-camera project for E! from former Psych star James Roday and Ben McMillan and Universal Cable Prods.
Titled Quest For Truth: Dunkleman, the 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.
Roday will co-write with McMillan; and will direct and executive produce the show with Siren Create.
I hear the project has shot a sizzle toplined by Dunkleman that also features Ethan Sandler as Jergens, Julianna Guill as Sandy, Jack Sweeney as Toby and Vik Sahay as Vik.
Additionally, Roday will star in Tom E Brown’s independent film Pushing Dead alongside Danny Glover. The project, to shoot in San Francisco in August is produced by Richard LaGravanese and Chris Martin and follows our lead character living with HIV and dealing with current medical insurance issues.
Roday also will direct episodes of the new Fox drama series Rosewood, created by former Psych co-executive producer Todd Harthan and the CBS action comedy series Rush Hour, executive produced/run by Psych creator Steve Franks.
Roday is repped by ICM Partners, Principal/Gotham and Piekoff/Mahan.