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Showtime Lands Mini-Series on Fox News Founder Roger Ailes


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Showtime is wading into world of Fox News as scandal continues to buffet the cable channel.


The premium channel has landed the rights to ?Secure And Hold: The Last Days Of Roger Ailes,? a look at the Fox News founder?s rise and fall. The limited series will draw on reporting from New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman, who had several major scoops related to the sexual harassment scandal that led to Ailes? ouster last summer. Aides was accused by hosts such as Megan Kelly and Gretchen Carlson of overseeing a culture of harassment and of trying to use his position to exact sexual favors from employees.


The deal comes as Fox News is facing another crisis. Last weekend, the New York Times published an in-depth look at Bill O?Reilly?s tangled history of harassment claims. The article found that O?Reilly and Fox News had reached some $13 million in settlements after five women accused the cable news host of inappropriate behavior. Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai have pulled their ads after the report hit.




Given the overwhelming success they've had in developing incredible politically-inspired content in recent years (Homeland, Billions, The Circus, Trumped, Weiner, and others), I'm super pumped to see how this is handled.


I want the Homeland writers on this bad. This current season is doing such a phenomenal job of blurring the lines between reality and fiction.

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