Aaron Carter's final sitcom project about mental health to continue after singer's tragic death at 34
The cast and director will continue with the pilot episode of the sitcom 'Group', on which Aaron Carter was working before his death
LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA: Aaron Carter had plans to resume his acting career prior to his tragic death on Saturday, November 6 at the age of 34. The pop star and rapper shot the first episode of 'Group', a self-produced sitcom about mental health recovery in October. Since Carter's death, the pilot episode, which will be finished and dedicated to the singer of 'I Want Candy,' will be shopped around to networks as Brian Farmer, the show's writer and director, has received approval from his management to continue forward with it.
Farmer describing his interactions with Carter said, he "was heartbroken to hear the devastating news about Aaron." He wrote, "Aaron was so excited about the show and helping raise awareness for mental health, a topic he was very passionate about. He said being a part of the show gave him something positive to work toward, and I'll forever cherish that," as per a statement he provided to Deadline on Tuesday, November 8.
Farmer continued, "He was such a kind soul and a pleasure to work with, and he will be dearly missed by everyone who was a part of Group and countless others. My heart goes out to his family and friends."
Carter apparently portrays a fictionalized version of himself in the sitcom 'Group', and he was eager to share his own experiences with the audience, as per reports from TMZ and People. Samm Levine, Olive Chiacchia, Ari Stidham, Ashley Brinkman, Kevin Clayette, Abdoulaye NGom, Anne Judson-Yager, and Mike Starr are among the other performers scheduled to feature in the series. Chiacchia, who portrayed his love interest on the show, posted a series of images from the set of 'Group' to Instagram earlier this week, along with a comment about her experience working with Carter.
"Aaron, this isn't how or why I wanted to post these photos. I was waiting until the release of the pilot. I had the pleasure of playing your love interest in Group, and you were truly the most loving, professional, kind, and talented performer I've worked with," began the actress' note. Chiacchia continued, "I wish the world saw you the way I do and saw your side of the story. Everyone knew your struggles, so I share this story in hopes that you will be remembered for your heart and your light. My heart goes out to your family, loved ones, Melanie, and your son."
With his self-titled debut album released in 1997, Carter first gained notoriety. 'Aaron's Party (Come Get It)' (2000), 'Oh Aaron (2001)', and 'Another Earthquake! (2002)', 'That's How I Beat Shaq,' and his cover of 'The Strangeloves' were among his early hits. Before starting his first solo tour in 2000, Aaron supported the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears on their respective tours.