Clay Aiken – Surviving TV

Clay Aiken likes to keep his personal life…personal.  Well, I admire him for that.  However, Clay has shared a few things with the fans.  One of those things is about his love of good TV shows.

During his last Video chat, Clay shared that he watches CNN for the news and enjoys This Morning on CBS.   

Clay has also shared his love of four different dramas on TV.  Through conversations on his tours and many fun tweets, Clay has introduced his fans to his favorites.

The following are short recaps of the shows.


The West Wing –

The West Wing was a television dramatic series created by Aaron Sorkin.  It was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999 to May 14, 2006.

The West Wing provided a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation’s capital as it told the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. These interesting characters have humor and dedication that touches the heart while the politics that they discuss touch on everyday life.

The main character was President Josiah Bartlet, a democratic president portrayed by Martin Sheen.

The West Wing won three Golden Globe Awards and 26 Emmy Awards.  It won the award for Outstanding Drama Series four times.  The show was famous for its dramatic opening musical theme song.

The Good Wife –

The Good Wife is a television drama that takes place in a law firm. The show premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009.

The Good Wife is about a politician’s wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) has to deal with her career but also with keeping her family together by providing a stable home for her two children. The Good Wife returns for a 4th season on September 30, 2012.

This popular show has won a number of awards.  The leading star of the show, Julianna Margulies, has won an Emmy in 2011, a Golden Globe in 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2010 and 2011, and even a Television Critics Association Award in 2010

The series has won a Peaberry Award and has been nominated twice for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey is a British television series that is set on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in the North Riding of Yorkshire, England. It has an outstanding ensemble cast. It premiered on ITV on September 26th, 2010 and on PBS on January 9th, 2011.

The series is set in the fictional Downton Abbey, and follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.  According to

Lord Crawley sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship’s domineering, conservative ma the dowager. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile the butler presides over a staff which serves the family but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants quarters, intriguing amongst themselves.

The series is popular in both the United Kingdom and the United States.  It averages more than six million viewers per episode.

Downton Abbey has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards and has won 6.  They also have been nominated for 4 Golden Globe Awards.

The Closer –

The Closer is a crime drama about Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) who is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people’s toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth.

Brenda has a reputation as a Closer—the nickname given to interrogators who not only solve a case, but obtain confessions that lead to convictions. Deputy Chief Johnson sometimes uses deceit and intimidation to persuade a suspect to confess.

Brenda runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city’s toughest, most sensitive cases.  She also has much insecurity in her personal life.

The show has been nominated for 7 Emmy Awards, 6 Golden Globes and 13 SAG awards.  Kyra Sedgwick won a Golden Globe in 2007 and an Emmy Award in 2010 for Best Leading Actress.

So…do you share Clay’s love of these shows?  Do you watch them?  Do you have a favorite?

I would love to hear from some of our international readers…Are these shows shown in your countries?

Whatever your opinions of these shows, I hope Clay will “survive” the next four weeks as he tweets that he is very upset about the ending of The Closer.



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13 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Surviving TV

  1. Wow! The Closer has been a favorite since it first came on Downtown Abby is ok and The Good Wife, I just never could get into it. The only one I've never seen the first episode of is The West Wing…didn't have a television from 1999-2007. I'll have to see if I can't find it on Netflix 🙂 All in all, it seems that Clay has pretty good taste in programming.

  2. I love The Closer. I am thinking of watching Downton Abbey, it looks really good. Besides, if Clay likes it. 🙂

  3. I was a big fan of the West Wing . It was always a discussion topic in the office. I am a big fan of The Good Wife and the Closer. Sorry to see Brenda Leigh Johnson go.

  4. I've watched all of these shows, and think they are great. Maybe because there is alot of depth to the story line. You have to think. I did enjoy "The Closer" and have watched it a little bit, and found it really good, and sometimes funny.

    I'm not the tv watcher like Clay, but if Clay is on tv..I watch everything!! lol It's funny, but he doesn't watch reality shows. I think the one he is watching when he can, right now is "WipeOut", which is kind of reality, game, and he finds it hilarious. So do I!!!

  5. I loved West Wing. I loved the politics of it. I also loved Downton Abbey.
    I had never heard of it until I saw it mentioned on a Clay board.
    The others I have not watched, but if Clay says he cried at the end of The Closer, I wonder how many of US cried at the end of the Celebrity Apprentice?
    I know I cried…..

  6. I watch The Good Wife and The Closer. The Good Wife is my favorite. The story line is original, exciting and unexpected – twisting and turning every which way. No copycat theme from other drama shows. The characters are interesting and a few are even unusual, and the actors playing them are exceptional. Always loved lawyer bent novels, and now thoroughly enjoy seeing some of the different scenarios in action. Had to give up The Good Wife during CApp, but now can watch the repeats as if they were new.

    musicfan – Great subject matter. Thanks!

  7. the only tv shows i watch are my soaps and my night time soap dallas im surprised clay doest watch soaps i never watched the closer or the good wife im sorry clay that you are sad about the closer i was angry whthe aprentice was over

  8. I never miss The Good Wife, The Closer or Downton Abbey. Never did get into watching West Wing. Guess I was too busy back in those days.

  9. I saw an ad on TV that Downton Abbey returns this Sunday at 9p. I am an avid fan of that show! I missed it last season and am not going to miss it this season! I tried the Good Wife a couple times, but cant really get into that. I havent tried the others yet.

  10. I loved West Wing. I would not even answer my phone while it was on. I love the other shows also. I cannot get The Closer this year because my cable plan does not cover it. I really want to know what is going on. I wish I knew someone who would blog about what happens in the last 6 episodes. I hope Clay is reading this-he would be great at giving me the scoop!

  11. clayaiken I cried during this! #thecloser finale is hitting me SOOOO much harder than The West Wing ever did! from Clay).

    I cried too, for different reasons perhaps, but I needed a tissue just the same. The Closer is a great show and I own the dvds for every season but that had NOTHING to do with why I cried too. I was moved by Kira’s expression gratitude for the experience, respect for the people around her, and heartfelt appreciated for you and me; hardcore fans.

    Clay expressed the same heart and appreciation with smiles, winks, and “Thank you’s” on AI2. His voice caught my attention. His humor held my interest. His expression of joy and appreciation for the support of the audience gained my loyalty. What he did with his celebrity afterwards has earned my respect.

    Now, with the end of the Closer, he’s getting that AI2 finale, socked in the gut feeling thatmost of us had; not just because I wanted a different ending but because it was the end of something truly special. It was so special that AI hasn’t been able to duplicate it in 10 years and not for a lack of trying. Now I need a whole new box of tissues!

  12. I never watched West Wing, Downton Abby or The Good Wife..but, I love The Closer and sorry it will be ending. Kyra is such a quirky actress and I think that is why Clay likes her so much. Clay is like that also. I think they are both adorable. That video he put up on Twitter about the behind the scenes of making The Closer was a tear jerker indeed. Even brought a tear to my eye.

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