Roger Ailes is coming back to TV — in a way. It was announced on October 19 at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit that Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News who stepped down from that position in 2016 amidst multiple allegations of sexual harassment, will be the subject of a new TV miniseries. Will it be a flattering portrait? Maybe not — it will be based on Gabriel Sherman‘s New York Magazine articles and his book “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” which so displeased Ailes that, as CNN reported, a 400-page “opposition research” dossier was compiled on Sherman.
What’s more, the producers of the miniseries have prior experience with hard-hitting exposes. Tom McCarthy will executive produce; he recently wrote and directed “Spotlight” (2015), which won the Best Picture Oscar for telling the true story of the Boston journalists who exposed the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.
Also producing is Jason Blum, who won an Emmy for Best Documentary/Nonfiction Series for “The Jinx” (2015) which exposed suspected killer Robert Durst so dramatically that it led to Durst’s arrest the day before “The Jinx” aired its finale episode in March 2015. Before that Blum received another Emmy: Best TV Movie as a producer of “The Normal Heart” (2014). And that year he picked up a Best Picture Oscar bid for “Whiplash” (2014).
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