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Stay Tuned: ‘The Loudest Voice’ chronicles the rise and fall of Roger Ailes

Melissa Crawley More Content Now
Posted: Jun. 25, 2019 9:15 am

This week, big brother is watching, an NFL star makes an underdog journey, true crime gets a new addition, Fox debuts a bizarre series and Showtime focuses on the founder of Fox News.

Dispatches: Weekly TV news
History announced a new non-fiction series that will explore the secrets of the mysterious Skinwalker Ranch. The 512-acre property in Utah has been the site of strange activity involving everything from UFO sightings to animal mutilations to Native American legends of a shape-shifting creature called “The Skinwalker.” The property has been the subject of several documentaries, but this is the first time cameras will be allowed to shoot a television series.

Tyler Perry Studios and BET Networks announced that the first series under Perry’s multi-year content partnership deal with Viacom will be “The Oval.” The series will focus on the new first family, a seemingly picture-perfect couple who are not so perfect behind closed doors. In addition to “The Oval,” Perry’s series line-up, which is scheduled to premiere on BET over the next year, includes another drama, two comedies and a live holiday-themed production.

A&E has ordered a live series featuring death-defying stunts. The five, two-hour episodes will include a jump from a plane onto a speeding train without a parachute, a motorcycle jump off a cliff where the daredevil must drop the bike and grab the skids of a passing helicopter, and the highest wire walk ever tried between two hot air balloons. Pre-production begins this fall.

Contenders: Shows to keep on your radar
For 20 seasons, the show about watching strangers stuck in a house together has somehow been oddly fascinating. “Big Brother” (CBS) returns for its 21st outing at 8 p.m. on June 25. More episodes follow Wednesday and Sunday.

Julian Edelman’s road from major injury to NFL suspension to Super Bowl MVP in 2019 is the subject of “100% Julian Edelman” (June 28, Showtime, 9 p.m. ET). Narrated by actor Michael Rappaport, the film chronicles Edelman’s journey as he recovers from a season ending surgery and PED suspension to reclaim his NFL career. Mark Wahlberg, Snoop Dogg, Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Deion Sanders add to the conversation.

With a different take on the popular true-crime genre, “Exhibit A” (June 28, Netflix) looks at cases of innocent people being sent to jail because of dubious forensic techniques.

A show about a show that isn’t real, “What Just Happened??!” is Fox’s parody of a TV after-show hosted by Fred Savage and probably this summer’s weirdest series. It debuts June 30 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Spending some time in the make-up chair, a transformed Russel Crowe plays Fox News founder Roger Ailes in “The Loudest Voice” (June 30, Showtime, 10 p.m. ET). The limited series is based on Gabriel Sherman’s reporting in his book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” which includes interviews with more than 600 people. The series explores the beginnings of the cable news network and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that led to Ailes’ eventual downfall. Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Seth Macfarlane also star.

Report Card: A look at ratings winners and losers
Winners: “Yellowstone” drew 3.9 million total viewers across its debut night, making the Paramount series cable’s most-watched original premiere this summer.

Losers: NBC’s “The InBetween” ticked down after returning from a week off.
Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter at @mcstaytuned.

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