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The Loudest Voice: Season Two Possible According to Showtime Series Showrunner

The Loudest Voice just aired its season one finale, but will there be a season two? Recently, showrunner Alex Metcalf spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the Showtime TV show.

The drama series stars Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes, the man behind Fox News and its influence on American politics. The cast also includes Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney, and Annabelle Wallis.

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'The Loudest Voice' Finale Reckons With Roger Ailes' Legacy

[This story contains spoilers for "2016," the finale of Showtime's The Loudest Voice.]

The Loudest Voice, Showtime's in-depth depiction of the events that led to the rise of Fox News and the fall of its CEO, Roger Ailes, might never have a sequel. At least, that's what showrunner Alex Metcalf told The Hollywood Reporter when asked — in fact, his reaction was a flat-out no.

"In a few years, you could do the Fox News sequel, but that story is still being told — the Fox News relationship with Trump and what happens with that,"...
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How 'The Loudest Voice' Depicted 9/11 From Fox News' POV

How 'The Loudest Voice' Depicted 9/11 From Fox News' POV
[This story contains spoilers for "2001," episode two of The Loudest Voice on Showtime.]

With each episode focusing on one pivotal year in Roger Ailes' career as the mastermind behind Fox News, some might be surprised that Showtime's The Loudest Voice leaps from 1995 (and the actual creation of the network) to 2001 for its second episode — bypassing all of the drama that surrounded the impeachment of Bill Clinton and his administration.

"We miss Lewinsky. There's a bunch of stuff we missed that Fox built its name on," showrunner Alex Metcalf told The Hollywood Reporter. "...
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‘Loudest Voice' Boss: "By No Means Is This a Left-Wing Screed"

‘Loudest Voice' Boss:
Fox News had not been part of Alex Metcalf’s television diet.

That changed dramatically when the D.C.-reared writer was tapped to run Showtime’s The Loudest Voice, a limited series based on journalist Gabe Sherman’s book by the same name. The Blumhouse-produced series, which premieres June 30, tackles the rise and fall of the network’s late founder and visionary Roger Ailes, played by Oscar winner Russell Crowe. Despite the liberal leanings of nearly everyone involved, the show strives, at least initially, to showcase Ailes' positive attributes — his charm and ferocity, among them — as well ...
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'Loudest Voice' Star Naomi Watts on Playing Gretchen Carlson: "Incredibly Current in Such a Scary Way"

'Loudest Voice' Star Naomi Watts on Playing Gretchen Carlson:
Make no mistake, Showtime's The Loudest Voice has but one hero, Gretchen Carlson.

Over the course of seven episodes, the limited series dramatizes the rise and fall of her former boss, Fox News creator Roger Ailes, who arguably did more than any single person to create the deeply fractious political environment that we exist in today. In fact, showrunner Alex Metcalf goes as far as to argue that without Ailes, who's played here by Russell Crowe, there is no Donald Trump. That said, his history of sexual abuse, thrust into the spotlight in 2016 by Carlson's landmark ...
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Will Showtime’s Roger Ailes Miniseries ‘The Loudest Voice’ Spark More Tell-Alls?

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Will Showtime’s Roger Ailes Miniseries ‘The Loudest Voice’ Spark More Tell-Alls?
Roger Ailes in 1996 supervised the launch of a multibillion-dollar business few people thought would ever get off the ground. In 2019 he may have a posthumous hand in instigating something equally complex: a ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the media industry, complete with portrayals of people who still help make it run.

If that foray is successful, plenty of similar stories are waiting in the wings.

Ailes, who died in 2017, oversaw the debut and massive growth of Fox News Channel, a creation that both admirers and detractors acknowledge has changed the face of U.S. politics and news. On June 30, Showtime debuts miniseries “The Loudest Voice,” a warts-and-all account of Ailes’ early days building the outlet — and his later years, when former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s accusations of sexual harassment forced the network’s parent company to oust him, and sparked a spate of unsavory revelations about internal culture at media
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‘The Loudest Voice’ Showrunner Explains What Kind of Pushback He Expects From Gop Crowd

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‘The Loudest Voice’ Showrunner Explains What Kind of Pushback He Expects From Gop Crowd
The Loudest Voice,” Showtime’s upcoming miniseries about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, is sure to rile up some in conservative circles. Alex Metcalf, the showrunner for the series, told TheWrap what kind of negative reaction he expects.

“We’re so clear about the agenda. We don’t shy away from showing Roger fostering and pushing his agenda, while recognizing that there was an audience that would pay for that,” he said. I don’t expect pushback on the facts, but I do expect pushback on the sensibility.”

The series stars Russell Crowe, in his first major TV role, as Ailes, and is based on former New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman’s best-selling book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” The miniseries will detail Ailes’ rise to power and how he built Fox News into a cable news behemoth, as well as address the sexual harassment accusations and monetary
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Roger Ailes’ Secrets Come Out of the Vault in New ‘Loudest Voice’ Trailer (Video)

“Anyone outside of Fox is the enemy, and we do not talk about what we do,” Seth MacFarlane warns in the new trailer for Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice,” its series about former Fox News boss Roger Ailes

MacFarlane plays Brian Lewis, the former longtime Fox News public relations chief, in the upcoming miniseries detailing the inner workings of the cable news network during its meteoric rise under the ruthless and visionary leadership of Ailes.

Starring Russell Crowe as Ailes, the miniseries will also examine the sexual harassment accusations and monetary settlements that brought his Fox News tenure to an end.

Also Read: 'The Loudest Voice': Fox News Goes to War in First Teaser for Showtime's Roger Ailes Series (Video)

The Loudest Voice” premieres on Sunday, June 30 on Showtime.

In addition to Crowe, “The Loudest Voice” also stars Naomi Watts stars as Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News
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An unrecognizable Russell Crowe is coming for an Emmy as Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’ trailer [Watch]

An unrecognizable Russell Crowe is coming for an Emmy as Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’ trailer [Watch]
Just when Christian Bale thinks he has the market cornered on eerily accurate transformations into notorious, um, larger-than-life Republicans, Russell Crowe is here to be like, “Hold my beer.”

Showtime released the first trailer on Tuesday for “The Loudest Voice,” its new limited series about late Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Crowe, who’s nearly unrecognizable under all that makeup and prosthetics. Premiering Sunday, June 30 at 10/9c and based on Gabriel Sherman’s book “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” the series chronicles Ailes’ rise to power at the right-wing network to his downfall, when he was ousted in 2016 amid numerous sexual harassment allegations (he died in 2017).

In between Ailes growling about “fairness” and “balance” and scream-scheming — “We’re gonna give them a vision of the world the way they want it to be” — in the trailer are quick shots of him running his hands down Gretchen Carlson
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‘The Loudest Voice': Fox News Goes to War in First Teaser for Showtime’s Roger Ailes Series (Video)

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‘The Loudest Voice': Fox News Goes to War in First Teaser for Showtime’s Roger Ailes Series (Video)
Showtime on Tuesday shared the first teaser and a premiere date for its Roger Ailes series “The Loudest Voice.”

“We’re way past politics — it’s war,” says Russell Crowe as the former Fox News chairman in the clip for the seven-part series, which is set to debut on Sunday, June 30.

Based on Gabriel Sherman’s best-selling book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” the miniseries will detail Ailes’ rise to power and how he built Fox News into a cable news behemoth, as well as address the sexual harassment accusations and monetary settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end.

Also Read: 'Green Book' Actor Joe Cortese to Play Roger Stone in Showtime's Roger Ailes Limited Series (Exclusive)

Ailes’ tenure at the network ended in July 2016 following a lawsuit filed by Gretchen Carlson, who accused Ailes of sexual harassment. More women followed Carlson with similar accusations against Ailes.
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Showtime Unveils First Look Trailer, Premiere Date For Roger Ailes Miniseries (Watch)

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Showtime Unveils First Look Trailer, Premiere Date For Roger Ailes Miniseries (Watch)
Russell Crowe’s portrayal of the controversial Fox News chief Roger Ailes will be coming to Showtime on Sunday, June 30, the network has announced.

Showtime has also released an unnerving first look trailer for the miniseries, in which Crowe’s Ailes takes over Fox News and starts bending it to his will.

“Here in America, television news is king,” the character says. “We’re gonna give them a vision of the world the way they want it to be…we’re way past politics, it’s war.”

The trailer more than hints at the sexual harassment allegations which brought about Ailes’ downfall, as the character is seen touching Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, played by Naomi Watts, who looks extremely uncomfortable with his actions.

The series is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” and tells the story of Ailes and his rise and fall at Fox News.
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Russell Crowe As Roger Ailes: First Photo From Showtime Limited Series ‘The Loudest Voice’

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Showtime has released the first photo of Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes in the upcoming Showtime limited series The Loudest Voice. Have a look at the two of them above and the Oscar winner as the Fox News founder below.

A Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, the newly titled project 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 Ailes’ 2016 ouster at Fox News. The exec died less than a year later. Naomi Watts, Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney and Annabelle Wallis also star.

Sherman co-wrote the first Loudest Voice episode with Spotlight scribe Tom McCarthy, who executive produces with Jason Blum. Crowe and Alex Metcalf also executive produce with Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse Television, along with Liza Chasin (Darkest Hour) of 3dot Productions.
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'The Crown', 'The Looming Tower' among WGA TV nominees

'The Crown', 'The Looming Tower' among WGA TV nominees
Winners to be announced on February 17 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles, New York.

The Crown, Succession, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and The Looming Tower are among television series nominated for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards.

The list of nominees announced by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) West and East branches also includes The Handmaid’s Tale, longform projects Castle Rock, Paterno, Maniac and Sharp Objects and individual episodes of Narcos: Mexico, The Affair and Ozark.

Select categories appear below. WGA Award winners will be announced on February 17 at concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.
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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees: 'Days of our Lives,' 'General Hospital'

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. Today the nominees for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards were revealed. Check out the list below.

Television, New Media, And News Nominees

Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

Drama Series

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

Better Call Saul,
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WGA Awards TV Nominations: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, ‘Barry’, ‘SNL’ Make List

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The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018, with writers for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s Saturday Night Live among last year’s winners to make the cut.

Last year, Handmaid’s Tale won the Drama Series category and the New Series category. HBO’s Succession has that same chance this year in drama, nominated in both categories. Another HBO series, its Bill Hader comedy Barry, was triple-nommed today including in the episodic race.

SNL returns to the Comedy/Variety sketch series category it won last season, this time facing the likes of the final season for IFC’s Portlandia and Sarah Silverman’s Hulu docuseries I Love You, America. Another returning champ, Comedy/Variety Talk Series’ Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, also landed a nom.

Like the Golden Globes earlier today the marquee
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Aleksa Palladino To Co-Star In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Aleksa Palladino To Co-Star In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Boardwalk Empire alum Aleksa Palladino is set for a lead role opposite Russell Crowe in Showtime’s upcoming eight-episode limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Crowe.

A Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, the untitled series of 3dot Productions, who recently joined as executive producer.

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The 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 that 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.

Palladino is best known for her roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. She recurs on CBS All Access’ mystery thriller drama series $1 and will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman. Palladino is repped by Gersh.

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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller Join Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller Join Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Seth MacFarlane is taking a detour into a career in PR.

The multi-hyphenate has signed on to play former Fox News PR executive Brian Lewis in the limited series about the life of Roger Ailes, the late Fox News founder and CEO. Known for his pugnacious nature, Lewis was a top Ailes confidant until the two had a bad falling out and Lewis left the network under a cloud in July 2013.

Sienna Miller has also joined the project in the role of Ailes’ wife, former NBC News producer Elizabeth Ailes.

Simon McBurney is on board to play Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul and leader of the 21st Century Fox and News Corp. empire. Annabelle Wallis is set to play Laurie Luhn, a former Fox News booker who had a long and difficult relationship with Ailes.

Russell Crowe is set for the lead role as the TV producer-turned-political strategist-turned cable news titan.
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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney & Annabelle Wallis Join Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney & Annabelle Wallis Join Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Seth MacFarlane (The Orville), Sienna Miller (Live by Night), Simon McBurney (The Theory of Everything) and Annabelle Wallis(Peaky Blinders) are set to star opposite Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts in Showtime’s upcoming eight-episode limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes, played by Crowe.

All four will play key figures in the Ailes real-life saga: MacFarlane will portray Ailes’ former confidant Brian Lewis, McBurney will play Fox head Rupert Murdoch, Miller is Ailes’ ex-wife Beth, while Wallis is former Fox News exec Laurie Luhn.

This is a rare drama acting gig for MacFarlane who stars on his latest series, Fox’s The Orville, and voices characters on some of his animated series, most notably Family Guy. It took weeks of trying to make the deal for the Showtime limited series work around his busy schedule on The Orville, which he also showruns, writes for and directs. In June,
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Naomi Watts to Play Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Naomi Watts to Play Gretchen Carlson in Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Naomi Watts has been cast as Gretchen Carlson in the upcoming Showtime limited series about former Fox News head Roger Ailes.

Watts joins previously announced cast member Russell Crowe, who will play Ailes. Carlson rose to prominence over a decade ago at Fox News, first as a co-anchor at “Fox and Friends” before going on to anchor her own show, “The Real Story.” She then became the first of multiple women to file a sexual harassment suit against Ailes after leaving Fox News.

The casting keeps Watts in business with Showtime, with the actress having recently appeared in the premium cabler’s revival of “Twin Peaks.” Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” Watts also earned Academy Award nominations for her role in “21 Grams” and “The Impossible.
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Naomi Watts To Star As Gretchen Carlson In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series

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Naomi Watts To Star As Gretchen Carlson In Showtime’s Roger Ailes Limited Series
Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts is set to star as anchor Gretchen Carlson opposite her longtime friend Russell Crowe in Showtime’s upcoming limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Oscar winner Crowe plays Ailes in the project, which is set to start production next month. Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct the first two episodes.

The as-yet untitled series (fka Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes), a Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, 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 writer Tom McCarthy, who executive produces with Jason Blum.

Watts will portray journalist Carlson, who rose to prominence over a decade ago at Fox News
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