Brian Dunkleman pitching fictional series about his post-American Idol life

American Idol season one co-host Brian Dunkleman famously quit the show because it was too cruel to its contestants, and now he’s mocking that response and his decision in a fictional series based upon his life that he’s pitching to networks.

Since Idol, Dunkleman has appeared on Celebrity Fit Club and in mostly bit parts on TV shows, and a press release says the new series, which was created and written by Brett Hudson and Burt Kearns, “follows the fictional Dunkleman as he tries to work his way back to the television industry, embarrassing himself and disappointing his friends while constantly being reminded that he ‘could have been a millionaire’ had he stuck with Idol.”

Episodes will follow “Dunkleman’s misadventures hosting a cable reality pilot; disaster in a standup comedy appearance when he offends an audience of young teens; his surprise at a convention event when he’s forced to host an Idol-like contest among “furries”; [and] a desperate decision to become a patient on a Hollywood rehab reality show (even though he doesn’t have a substance abuse problem).”

From the preview/pitch tape (below), it doesn’t seem quite like HBO’s brilliant mockumentary reality series The Comeback, but he is rather self-effacing; the show’s web site even makes fun of the way people can’t spell his last name. In the preview, he starts by saying, “In 2002, I made the biggest mistake in the history of showbusiness,” and then amending it to say, “In 2002, I made the biggest mistake in the history of the world, the biggest mistake ever.”

Here’s that preview; watch for the amusing billboard featuring Ryan Seacrest:

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