‘Showtime has set Sunday, June 30 at 10 PM for the premiere of The Loudest Voice, its seven-part limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Russell Crowe. The network also released the first trailer (see above). Production is currently underway in New York City.
A Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, The Loudest Voice (fka Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes) is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room and his extensive reporting for New York magazine about the sordid allegations of sexual harassment that prompted the late Ailes’ ouster at Fox News. Sherman co-wrote the first episode with Spotlight scribe Tom McCarthy, who executive produces with Jason Blum.
In addition to Crowe, the cast also includes Naomi Watts as former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Sienna Miller as Ailes’ wife Elizabeth, Seth MacFarlane as former Fox News PR chief Brian Lewis, 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. Guest stars include Josh Charles as Casey Close, Gretchen Carlson’s husband and Josh Stamberg as former Fox executive, Bill Shine. Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) directed multiple episodes.
It was Ailes who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government. The seven-episode series focuses primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while flashing back to defining events in Ailes’ life, including an initial meeting with Richard Nixon on the set of The Mike Douglas Show, which gave birth to Ailes’ political career, and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end. Told through multiple points of view, the limited series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.
The project is a co-production from Showtime and Blumhouse Television (Sharp Objects, The Jinx, Get Out). In addition to Crowe, McCarthy serves as executive producer with Alex Metcalf and Jason Blum, as well as Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions and Kari Skogland.’