Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Media Wars: Les Moonves Greenlights Roger Ailes Mini Series for Showtime Based on Book, Sex Scandal


The Roger Ailes story is coming to TV. And it will be on Showtime, owned by CBS, which is governed by Les Moonves.

Even though Showtime has its own executives, nothing important about the media goes on the cable network without Les Moonves’s authority. And a mini series based on Gabriel Sherman’s “The Loudest Voice in the Room” is a big, big deal. It will undoubtedly cover Ailes’s sex scandals at Fox News, up to an including new revelations as they break. Sherman has made himself the expert on the extraordinary rise and fall of Ailes and Fox News.

The mini series, which was announced last October, just gained a network this morning. Jason Blum, who’s made a fortune in horror films, is making the ultimate horror film here. Tom McCarthy, Oscar winner for “Spotlight,” is executive producing but I guess he will direct at least one episode as well. “Loudest Voice” will be must watch TV.

Who will play Ailes? O’Reilly? Gretchen Carlson? That’s the next story. But I do see Richard Dreyfuss as Ailes. Hmmm….

Meantime, new lawsuits against Fox News and Ailes and O’Reilly continue. The crazy world of 1221 Ave of the Americas is finally being unmasked. It’s like Hitler’s last days…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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