‘The Loudest Voice’ is an American drama series that airs on Showtime. It first premiered on June 30, 2019. The show is based on the book ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country ‘ by Gabriel Sherman. It is a biographical book which came out in 2014 and deals with Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News Channel. Sherman’s book has been praised for the details it went into about all aspects of the powerful man’s life since it is based on over 600 interviews that he conducted when he was reporting on Ailes while working for New York magazine.
Alex Metcalf, who is best known for ‘Sharp Objects‘, and Tom McCarthy are the showrunners. Here’s everything you need to know about the show and whether it will return for another season.
The Loudest Voice Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘The Loudest Voice’ is led by Russell Crowe, best known for his roles in ‘Gladiator‘, ‘A Beautiful Mind‘. Crowe undergoes incredible transformation to play the role of Roger Ailes, tracing the man’s journey in the later years of his life, after he had already built Fox News from the time of its launch in 1996 to a juggernaut network, one of the highest rated on television and had himself become an influential name in conservative American politics.
Naomi Watts stars as Gretchen Carlson, the former anchor-woman at Fox, who accused Ailes of sexual harassment and sued him in 2016, saying she was fired for rejecting his sexual advances. Although Ailes settled the suit with Carlson, the floodgates were opened and a number of other women came forth, leading to Ailes spending his last year in ignominy, before dying in 2017.
Sienna Miller plays the role of Beth Ailes, Roger’s wife. She remained faithful to her husband and kept defending the allegations against him till he passed away. Simon McBurney appears in the role of Rupert Murdoch, the media titan, who hired Ailes in the first place to build Fox News.
Annabelle Wallis plays Laurie Luhn, the head of booking for the network. She entered into a sort of abusive relationship with Ailes. One can be assured that where there is Ailes, there is controversy, and Luhn is suing Showtime for portraying as an enabler of Ailes’ predatory behavior, rather than showing her to be a victim of his actions. You can read more about her lawsuit here.
Josh Stamberg appears in the role of Bill Shine, who became head of programming at Fox News under Ailes. Unfortunately, he too had several cases of sexual harassment made against him and left Fox News in 2017. They will be joined by other talented names like Seth McFarlane, Josh Charles, and Aleksa Palladino.
The Loudest Voice Plot: What is it about?
‘The Loudest Voice’ centers around the story of Roger Ailes, and how he made Fox News a tour de force and mouthpiece of the Republican Party. The story chronicles milestone moments of Ailes’ life including meeting Richard Nixon. The show also focuses on how the network became unequivocally tied to the rise of Donald Trump, and how Ailes’ almost became the unofficial leader of the Republicans in the last decade. Ultimately, it will turn to the sexual harassment allegations made against him, which led to his ousting in 2016, and brought an end to his career. The series is told from multiple perspectives and assesses the psychology of the political process at the highest rungs of influence.
From what we know of Ailes, he was a cunning and powerful man. Love him or hate him, it was impossible to ignore him. He was friends with some of the most notable American Republicans, including Nixon, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. He helped out in Reagan’s reelection campaign and advised Bush post 9/11 that the public would remain calm, and could be controlled as long as they could be led to believe that Bush was taking the harshest measures possible. As Ailes said, “We’re gonna give them a vision of the world the way they want it to be”, and we will see exactly that. A man who got his way with political power, ratings, and even women.
Ailes’ influence on the American media and public has been polarizing, and the degree of the poisoning of minds that went on through the propaganda that he spread can be seen in today’s political climate. Metcalf, the showrunner, is of the opinion that it was the clout that Ailes had, which was directly responsible for the existence of a political figure like Donald Trump. He said as much to The Hollywood Reporter, “Roger’s one of those larger-than-life American figures who has so profoundly influenced our country in ways that most people don’t understand. Without Roger Ailes, there may be no tea party. And without Roger Ailes, there is definitely no Donald Trump.”
So, what are tenets of the show is centered around? Firstly, it seeks to look at the life of Ailes and how it helped to create the current political scenario in the US, with him serving as a personal conduit. Secondly, it seeks to look at sexual assault allegations in light of the #MeToo era.
Ailes has been one of the powerful people in the media industry to be taken down following sexual harassment claims, alongside giants like Harvey Weinstein. The show brings into focus how power was wielded within the structure of Fox News, that gave Ailes the sense of entitlement that he could get away with doing whatever he pleased to women. After all, he had an entire country eating out of his hands, turning and spinning the narrative in whichever way he saw fit. He had probably believed that he could spin the narrative with women too until it backfired on him.
In the end, it is the courage and perseverance of women, like Gretchen Carlson, that becomes the focal point of the show.
The Loudest Voice Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Loudest Voice’ Season 1 premieres on Showtime on June 30, 2019 and its seven episode run came to an end on August 11, 2019.
As far as the next season goes, it is quite evident that the show was conceived as a miniseries and hence, in all likelihood will not see a return. Having said that, there have been exceptions in that past where a show conceived as a miniseries was renewed for another season, ‘Big Little Lies‘ being the most recent example. The difference here though is that since ‘The Loudest Voice’ is based on Roger’s life, it can’t take liberties in storytelling as ‘Big Little Lies‘ did. Season 1 pretty much covers everything that needed to be said and shown about Ailes’ life, which makes chances of a renewal very slim. Still, if there’s any news about ‘The Loudest Voice’ Season 2, you will know about it first here at The Cinemaholic.
The Loudest Voice Trailer:
While we wait for an update on season 2, check out the season 1 trailer below.
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