Roger Ailes is returning to television — as the subject of a limited series from ‘Spotlight’ director


Roger Ailes is returning to television, though not in a way most may have anticipated.

Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor of New York magazine and a biographer of Ailes, announced Wednesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit that he is working on a limited series for television based on Ailes’ fall from grace at Fox News. The series is to be overseen by Oscar-winning “Spotlight” director Tom McCarthy.

The founding CEO of Fox News resigned in July after 21st Century Fox launched an investigation of sexual harassment claims against him.

Spurred by a lawsuit filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, more than 25 women who worked at Fox News, including Megyn Kelly, came forward with allegations of harassment.


Ailes has denied the allegations.

Even after the publication of his 2014 Ailes biography, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Sherman continued his coverage of Ailes, including a story about how the women of Fox News brought down Ailes by sharing their stories.

Sources close to the project report that Sherman and his wife and collaborator, Jennifer Stahl, have partnered with Blumhouse Television — the TV arm of horror mogul Jason Blum’s production company — to produce a limited series using “Loudest Voice” and Sherman’s 2016 reporting as source material.

Previous Blumhouse Television projects include two Emmy-winning HBO projects: “The Jinx,” centered on the life of murder suspect Robert Durst, and “The Normal Heart,” based on the eponymous 1985 play about the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in early ’80s New York City.

McCarthy will executive produce and shepherd the series; Sherman and Stahl will co-executive produce and serve as writers.

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