Remember when Bernie Madoff made off with clients’ money? ABC doesn’t want you to forget this modern-day Ponzi schemer extraordinaire. Its two-part mini-series, Madoff, is inspired by ABC News Correspondent Brian Ross’ reporting from his book The Madoff Chronicles, and other reporting. Madoff airs during Sweeps, Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:00pm ET/PT.
The Madoff cast includes Richard Dreyfuss as Bernie Madoff; Blythe Danner as Ruth Madoff; Tom Lipinski as Mark Madoff; Danny Defarrari as Andrew Madoff; Peter Scolari as Peter Madoff, Erin Cummings as Eleanor Squillari; Michael Rispoli as Frank DiPascali; and Frank Whaley as Harry Markopolos. Also featured: Charles Grodin and Lewis Black. Continue on for the details on ABC’s Madoff, and information about HBO‘s Madoff telepic, Wizard of Lies.
Here’s the ABC press release:
ABC PRESENTS “MADOFF,” THE STORY OF ONE OF THE GREATEST CONS IN HISTORY, IN A TWO-NIGHT PRIMETIME NETWORK TELEVISION EVENT, STARRING RICHARD DREYFUSS AND BLYTHE DANNER
“Madoff” Airs February 3-4, 2016
Get a look into the mind of the man who pulled off one of the greatest cons in history in the primetime miniseries “Madoff,” airing FEBRUARY 3-4, 2016 (8:00 – 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss stars as Bernie Madoff, with Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth. “Madoff” will follow the prodigious rise and abrupt demise of the former investment advisor and the subsequent fallout with his family, associates and investors.
Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is considered to be the largest financial scam in United States history, but the impact was global. Losing billions of dollars for clients worldwide, including philanthropic foundations, celebrities, and retirement portfolios, the story of the fall of three-time NASDAQ Chair Bernie Madoff dominated headlines in 2008-2009. The miniseries explores the complicated family dynamics within the Madoff clan and exposes the motivations and mechanics behind the monumental fraud.
“Madoff” also stars Tom Lipinski as Mark Madoff, Danny Defarrari as Andrew Madoff, Peter Scolari as Peter Madoff, Erin Cummings as Eleanor Squillari, Michael Rispoli as Frank DiPascali, Frank Whaley as Harry Markopolos. The miniseries also features Charles Grodin and Lewis Black.
“Madoff” is inspired by ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross’ reporting from his book “The Madoff Chronicles” and additional reporting on the topic. “Madoff” is produced by Lincoln Square Productions in association with ABC Entertainment. Linda Berman and Joe Pichirallo executive produce. “Madoff” is directed by Raymond De Felitta and written by Ben Robbins.
ABOUT ABC ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Formed in 2009, the ABC Entertainment Group, comprised of ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, develops and produces compelling programming across all day parts for both national and international broadcast and digital platforms, as well as for national syndication. ABC Studios’ current hits include “American Crime,” “black-ish,” “Castle,” “Code Black” (CBS), “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Dr. Ken,” “Galavant,” “Grandfathered” (FOX), “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies” and “The Muppets.” The ABC Television Network is also home to the Emmy-winning “Modern Family” and comedy favorites “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Middle” and “The Goldbergs”; reality phenomenon “Shark Tank,” the iconic “Bachelor” franchise and long-running hit “Dancing with the Stars”; “General Hospital,” which has aired for over 50 years on the network, along with daytime talk show “The Chew”; and late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The network also boasts some of television’s most prestigious awards shows, including The Oscars(R), The CMA Awards, The American Music Awards, and The Billboard Music Awards.
ABOUT LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS:
Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories. Lincoln Square are producers of some of the most popular truth based entertainment on television including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” ABC’s award winning True Medicine franchise, the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony, ABC Family’s Next Step Realty, Discovery ID’s “Barbara Walters Presents American Scandal,” Travel Channel’s “Watt’s World,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners including Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.
ABC’s Madoff isn’t the only game in town, just first on the field. Variety reports:
HBO has a competing Bernie Madoff telepic ready to roll next year but ABC’s is likely to beat HBO’s “Wizard of Lies” to air. HBO has yet to set a premiere date for its movie, which stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer.
What do you think? Do you like the sound of ABC’s Madoff and HBO’s Wizard of Lies? Do you plan to check them out?