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The series, based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice in the Room, focuses primarily on the last decade of Ailes’ (Russell Crowe) life, while also touching on certain key events, from the start of his television career, the 1996 launch of Fox News and the sexual harassment allegations and settlements that led to his ouster from Fox News in 2016.
Naomi Watts also stars as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, who sued Ailes and Fox News in 2016, alleging Ailes fired her after she rejected his sexual advances. The suit was settled out of court, but it led to other women also coming forward to allege bad behavior by Ailes; he resigned from Fox News soon after.
“He berates me constantly,” Watts’ Carlson says in the trailer. “He’s a bully.”
The cast also includes Sienna Miler, Seth MacFarlane, Simon McBurney, Annabelle Wallis and Aleksa Palladino; Josh Charles and Josh Stamberg have recurring parts.
Sherman and Oscar winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight) co-wrote the first episode. Crowe; McCarthy; Alex Metcalf; Jason Blum; Blumhouse Television’s Marci Wiseman and Jason Gold; Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions; Kari Skogland (who also directed multiple episodes); and Padraic McKinley are executive producers. The series is a co-production of Showtime and Blumhouse Television.
The Loudest Voice premieres June 30 on Showtime. Watch the trailer above.
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