Next week on The Loudest Voice episode 7, you’re going to have a chance to witness what is the end of the road for the Roger Ailes story. The year is 2016, and through this episode you will see the events that likely led to him stepping down from Fox News — ending one of the most powerful eras in all of media.
As for whether or not the series will chronicle Ailes’ death in 2017, that is an entirely different question. Most of these episodes tend to revolve around a singular year and, beyond that, The Loudest Voice isn’t a look at the entire life of Roger Ailes. Instead, it’s mostly geared towards a very particular part of his life, one where he was building Fox News to be the biggest cable-news network of its kind. Yet, doing that came with a cost in terms of how media is perceived. What is so interesting is that Ailes’ undoing was not due to any of his controversial programming; instead, it’s about his personal relationships, the reports of sexual misconduct, and a number of female employees who were speaking out against him. Gretchen Carlson set the wheels in motion for so many others to have a voice and speak loud about some of what they endured there.
Showtime hasn’t released too many details about the finale, but the synopsis says most of what you need to know: “Roger loses everything, but Donald Trump wins the presidency.” Given that this episode is only being set three years ago, we feel like the majority of viewers are going to remember all of this vividly.
As for what the legacy of this series is going to be, that’s a little bit interested in its own right. Speaking (via TheWrap), Showtime’s own Gary Levine explained that the network is proud of how its done in terms of commercial success; yet, he’s surprised about some reaction from reviewers:
“We’re thrilled with its performance on our air. I’ll be honest, I was disappointed with some of the reviews … I thought there was a disconnect between the quality I see, and everyone I talk to, and the reviews. I don’t know if there was something in the subject matter that created that.”
This was the problem with the subject matter from the start — Fox News isn’t the sort of subject that a lot of viewers want to see covered.
What do you want to see on The Loudest Voice episode 7?
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