We’re getting a first look at Gretchen Carlson: Breaking The Silence, the first of three documentary specials to air as part of Carlson’s production deal with A+E Originals; A+E’s in-house nonfiction division. The two-hour docu special airs January 14 at 8 PM on Lifetime.
In Gretchen Carlson: Breaking the Silence, Carlson travels the country uncovering untold stories of sexual harassment and abuse, from an exclusive look into the alleged abuse with fast-food giant McDonald’s to the work environment of a county fire department. Along the way, Carlson peels back the layers of her own story, reliving the emotional days following her lawsuit against Roger Ailes, CEO and Chairman of Fox News, and the toll it took on those closest to her, including her family.
In the special, Carlson meets with Tanya Harrell, Kim Lawson and Kristi Maisenbach, who are at the center of the on-going and explosive sexual harassment allegations against McDonald’s, along with Lisa Schroeder, a former nurse’s aide from Minnesota who says that she endured 3 years of sexual harassment, abuse, and stalking by her male counterpart. We also hear from Kathleen Stanley, a fire battalion chief from Virginia, who was forced to file a lawsuit against her own department, alleging retaliation for defending women against sexual harassment and discrimination. The documentary also shines a light on Estrella TV’s young news anchor Karla Amezola who complained of harassment and was later terminated from her job. Despite earning an Emmy – the first ever for Estrella TV – Karla has struggled to find work in the broadcast community.
Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Shoshana Guy, Liz Gateley and Gretchen Carlson are Executive Producers for A+E Originals. Executive producers for Lifetime are Gena McCarthy and Brie Miranda Bryant.
Watch the trailer above.