Showtime has released a full trailer for their upcoming miniseries The Loudest Voice. The upcoming seven-part series focuses on the rise and fall of Fox News from the perspective of its founder Roger Ailes, who was able to build the network into a behemoth but was brought down by rampant charges of sexual harassment.
On the one hand, this looks incredibly captivating and very much the kind of story I’d like to see with this kind of top-notch cast. And yet I can’t help but feel it’s also the kind of show that easily gets drowned out in the age of Peak TV. It’s so hard for anything that’s not already established to break through, and we’re left to wonder who will want to watch this. Conservative viewers will write it off because they think it’s a smear against their preferred source of information, and liberal viewers will think it’s just preaching to the choir. The actual artistry becomes an afterthought to the supposed message of the miniseries. I want to give it a chance, but I won’t be surprised if it fails to make a splash.
Check out The Loudest Voice trailer below. The series stars Russell Crowe, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane, Simon McBurney, Annabelle Wallis, and Aleksa Palladino.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Loudest Voice:
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. 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.