The new Roger Ailes miniseries, with Ailes played by Russell Crowe, Gretchen Carlson played by Naomi Watts and former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis played by Seth MacFarlane, premieres Sunday, June 30, on Showtime, the pay-cable channel just announced.
Showtime also released a first-look trailer for the seven-part series, “The Loudest Voice,” which you can watch below.
The series is based on reporting by Gabriel Sherman in his bestselling book “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” which included interviews with more than 600 people. In addition to Crowe, Watts and MacFarlane, the cast includes Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife, Elizabeth; Simon McBurney as News Corp. leader Rupert Murdoch; Annabelle Wallis as former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn; and Aleksa Palladino as Ailes’ longtime assistant Judy Laterza.
Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) directed multiple episodes.
“In today’s politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government,” Showtime says in today’s announcement. “To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican Party, one must understand Ailes. The upcoming limited series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes’ political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.”
The first episode of the series was written by Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) and Sherman.
The project is a co-production from Showtime and Blumhouse Television. In addition to Crowe, McCarthy serves as executive producer with Alex Metcalf and Jason Blum, along with Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions and Kari Skogland.
Here’s a look …