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This seven-part limited series based on a bestselling book is about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican party, one must understand Ailes. Focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the party’s de facto leader, the series also touches on defining events in Ailes’ life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to his political career, and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end.

1995
Episode 1: 1995

Original Air Date: Jun 30, 2019

Roger Ailes, fresh from being fired from his perch atop CNBC, joins forces with media magnate Rupert Murdoch to form Fox News Channel, a conservative leaning cable news outlet. Working feverishly to get ahead of the competition, Roger must do the unthinkable — put an entire network on the air in the space of six months. Limited Series Premiere

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2001
Episode 2: 2001

Original Air Date: Jul 7, 2019

Fox News Channel is on the cusp of passing CNN to become the #1 rated news network. Then 9/11 changes everything. Emboldened and horrified by this terrorist attack on American soil, Roger begins pushing the news with an agenda, using his network to help drive the Bush Administration’s push to war in Iraq and finally putting Fox on top of the ratings race.

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2008
Episode 3: 2008

Original Air Date: Jul 14, 2019

With the election of “Barack Hussein Obama,” Roger and Fox News Channel have found the ultimate enemy—one that will drive Fox’s coverage as well as cement their ratings at #1. Fighting to take full editorial control of Fox News, Roger finds himself in conflict with both his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and the Obama Administration. What no one suspects are the hidden depths of Roger’s secret world.

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2009
Episode 4: 2009

Original Air Date: Jul 21, 2019

Still fighting the “socialist” in the White House, Roger finds his legacy in Joe Lindsley, a 25-year-old acolyte he hires to be the editor of a newspaper he bought in upstate New York. Turning this once-innocuous local paper into a conservative news source, Roger also achieves his revenge against the Obama White House by promulgating a news story which forces Congress into action against Obama’s priorities. Roger is energized by the knowledge that Fox News Channel doesn’t have to just report news, they make news.

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2012
Episode 5: 2012

Original Air Date: Jul 28, 2019

Fox News Channel is now the dominant news outlet and Roger is working the levers of his power—over his network, over Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson who’s getting too demanding, over Joe Lindsley, who’s starting to question his work for Roger, and over Gabe Sherman, an intrepid journalist who’s digging ever deeper into Roger’s secret world. While Roger is buffeted by these threats, he doesn’t see the danger posed by Gretchen Carlson. After years of harassment by Roger, she’s finally had enough.

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2015
Episode 6: 2015

Original Air Date: Aug 4, 2019

Gretchen Carlson has been secretly taping Roger’s harassment for over a year and is working with Nancy Erika Smith, a brassy New Jersey lawyer specializing in sexual harassment. Roger goes all in to achieve his political end of electing a president, and he’s found the perfect candidate in Donald Trump. This causes conflict with Murdoch, who has no desire to publicly support such a divisive figure. But Roger makes a mistake—he fires Gretchen, unwittingly setting into motion not her demise, but his own.

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2016
Episode 7: 2016

Original Air Date: Aug 11, 2019

Once Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit becomes public, Roger moves into crisis mode, doing anything and everything he can to save his career and his legacy. Ultimately, it’s not enough. Roger is fired from Fox. But even as he’s lost everything, his greatest achievement eclipses him—Donald Trump wins the presidency. Limited Series Finale

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  • Season 1

    This seven-part limited series is about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focusses on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end.

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