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Rich People Loved ‘Madoff': Viewers With $100,000-Plus Flocked to ABC Miniseries

5 February 2016 11:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC’s “Madoff” opened and closed to modest numbers, especially in the key 18-49 demographic — but the miniseries premiered far better among the affluent. On Wednesday night, Part 1 of “Madoff” debuted to a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which was only good enough to be the No. 8-rated broadcast show of the night. In other words, not “good” at all. However, when adjusting for just those with a six-figure annual income, the Richard Dreyfuss-starrer jumped 25 percent to a 1.5 rating, making it fifth-best for the evening. And among those in the age range with $200,000-plus in annual income, “Madoff” rose. »

- Tony Maglio

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‘Madoff’ Ratings Debut With Little Dividends, ‘Chicago P.D.’ Rises, ‘Arrow’ Down

4 February 2016 9:41 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The saga and scams of Bernie Madoff took over ABC on Wednesday in the first part of a two-night miniseries, but Madoff (1.2/4) didn't really prove that great an investment – at least in the ratings. While the Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner starrer snagged 7.03 million viewers overall, among adults 18-49 the 2-hour Part 1 last night was way down from the average that ABC commonly pulls in from 8 -10 Pm. In the 8 Pm slot, only NBC's The Mysteries Of Laura (1.1/3), which… »

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Wednesday Ratings: ‘Madoff’ Movie Opens Modestly for ABC

4 February 2016 9:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox won the first Wednesday of February in young adults behind its unscripted tandem of “American Idol” and “Hell’s Kitchen,” while ABC pre-empted its comedy block and saw modest demo numbers but a fairly good total-viewer turnout for the first part of its two-night original movie “Madoff.” NBC controlled the night’s final two hours in demos with “Law & Order: Svu” and “Chicago Pd.”

At ABC, “Madoff” averaged a 1.2/4 in 18-49 and 7.0 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., placing fourth during its time period in the demo but first in total viewers. The movie starring Richard Dreyfuss and Blythe Danner, which concludes tonight, held steady throughout in key demos, delivering the same 1.2 rating in 18-49 in all four half-hours and notching a 1.7 in 25-54 in three of four half-hours. One week earlier, repeats of the network’s 8-10 p.m. comedies fared a bit better in 18-49 (1.3) but »

- Rick Kissell

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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Madoff’ Schemes Its Way to 7 Million Viewers

4 February 2016 8:34 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Part one of ABC’s two-part special “Madoff” started off strong with 7 million viewers on Wednesday night. The special, which stars Richard Dreyfuss as Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernie Madoff, skewed older as it pulled in only a 1.2 rating in the advertiser coveted adults 18-49 demographic. “American Idol” was again the top rated program of Wednesday night, attracting 9.1 million viewers and a 2.3 rating. That is consistent with its performance last week, when it pulled in 9.6 million viewers and a 2.5 rating. Also Read: 'Madoff' Review: Ponzi Schemer's Story Is Surprisingly Humane Fox won the night in the key demo with »

- Joe Otterson

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Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme Focus Of Two Upcoming TV Projects

3 February 2016 2:24 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

While Bernie Madoff continues to serve his 100-year sentence for his massive financial fraud scheme, Robert DeNiro and Richard Dreyfuss will be portraying him on the small screen. Bernie Madoff On TV The first Madoff-centered project, ABC miniseries Madoff, stars Dreyfus as the New York financial investor, while Blythe Danner plays his wife Ruth. Directed by Raymond […]

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- Chelsea Regan

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Before You Watch Madoff: The Quick and Dirty Guide to the Bernie Madoff Scandal

3 February 2016 1:50 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you can't wait until Tuesday for the next installment of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, you're in luck - kind of. In the same vein, ABC is debuting its own true crime mini-series tonight, Madoff, a two-parter starring Richard Dreyfuss as Bernie Madoff, the financier who ran a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, and Blythe Danner as his wife Ruth. Fuzzy on the details? Ahead of the Madoff debut tonight at 8 p.m. Et on ABC, brush up on the facts you need to know: Who is Bernie Madoff?A world-famous New York City-based investor who was »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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9 Financial Terms You Should Understand Before Watching ‘Madoff’

3 February 2016 9:51 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The miniseries “Madoff” will make waves tonight, when the peek behind the biggest-ever Ponzi scheme in history premieres on ABC. But what the hell is a Ponzi scheme anyway? And what do all of those other confusing financial phrases Richard Dreyfuss (playing Bernie Madoff) keeps mumbling even mean? Lucky reader: TheWrap‘s got your back. Below are nine (hopefully) over-simplified definitions of some complex terms that will arise over the show’s run. Also Read: 'Madoff' Star Richard Dreyfuss Explains Why He Turned Down a Meeting With Famous Con Artist Hedge fund A hedge fund invests pooled money »

- Tony Maglio

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Richard Dreyfuss Doesn't Think Bernie Madoff Is His 'Most Despicable' Character: 'I've Already Played Dick Cheney'

3 February 2016 9:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "jUK9_Gf8uNU"] Richard Dreyfuss was able to see some redemption for infamous fraud mastermind Bernie Madoff - but he doesn't give that benefit of the doubt to all his characters. During his appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday, Dreyfuss was quick to qualify that his eponymous character in the new ABC miniseries is "the second most despicable man [in modern history] because I've already played Dick Cheney."That zing aside, Dreyfuss gave insights on his process of channeling Madoff - and the surprising empathy he gained for the imprisoned fraudster, now 77, who orchestrated the largest Ponzi scheme ever by an individual and is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Richard Dreyfuss Doesn't Think Bernie Madoff Is His 'Most Despicable' Character: 'I've Already Played Dick Cheney'

3 February 2016 9:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "jUK9_Gf8uNU"] Richard Dreyfuss was able to see some redemption for infamous fraud mastermind Bernie Madoff - but he doesn't give that benefit of the doubt to all his characters. During his appearance on Good Morning America Wednesday, Dreyfuss was quick to qualify that his eponymous character in the new ABC miniseries is "the second most despicable man [in modern history] because I've already played Dick Cheney."That zing aside, Dreyfuss gave insights on his process of channeling Madoff - and the surprising empathy he gained for the imprisoned fraudster, now 77, who orchestrated the largest Ponzi scheme ever by an individual and is currently serving a 150-year prison sentence. »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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‘Madoff’ Star Richard Dreyfuss Explains Why He Turned Down a Meeting With Famous Con Artist

3 February 2016 6:43 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Richard Dreyfuss plays Bernie Madoff, one of the most successful con men in history in ABC’s “Madoff” miniseries, but the actor says he passed up the chance to meet man he’d be portraying on screen. “I had the opportunity, I guess to speak with him on the phone, but I turned it down,” Dreyfuss said in and interview with TheWrap. “I figured, what was he going to do? Tell me the truth? I doubt it. And I already had a Queens accent, so he couldn’t help me there.” The miniseries, which is based on the book “The Madoff Chronicles: Inside the. »

- Reid Nakamura

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: February 1-7

1 February 2016 8:55 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Bridge of Spies"

Steven Spielberg's mid-20th Century Cold War drama is nominated for six Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance), Original Score, Production Design, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. Tom Hanks stars as Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan, who is sent by the CIA on a near-impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. The movie is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD on February 2. Blu-ray bonus featurettes, which go behind-the-scenes of the film and showcase the real-life historical events, include "A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies," "U-2 Spy Plane: Beale Air Force Base," "Spy Swap: Looking Back on the Final Act," and "Berlin 1961: Recreating the Divide. »

- Gina Carbone

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TV Review: ‘Madoff’

1 February 2016 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC News’ fingerprints are all over “Madoff,” a four-hour miniseries chronicling Bernie Madoff’s financial high crimes. News footage (all from ABC, naturally) peppers the project, which is based on a book by correspondent Brian Ross. Yet despite a showy performance by Richard Dreyfuss in the title role, the production is mostly inert, exhibiting a somewhat antiseptic quality, and downplaying perhaps its most fascinating element. Those who invest their time in “Madoff” shouldn’t come away feeling fleeced, exactly, but given the inherent dramatic possibilities in the story, the return for viewers seems at best marginal.

Indeed, while ABC beat HBO to the punch, this production, from the Alphabet’s Lincoln Square arm (previously responsible for its short-lived drama “The Assets,” about CIA mole Aldrich Ames), should do little to temper anticipation for “The Wizard of Lies,” HBO’s upcoming take on the story, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. »

- Brian Lowry

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Madoff on ABC: For Richard Dreyfuss, playing the disgraced financier is personal

28 January 2016 8:52 AM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

The two night miniseries Madoff premieres Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 4 on ABC. In the early 2000s, Richard Dreyfuss had an epiphany. Disheartened by the scarcity of the meaningful, character-driven films he preferred to make, and appalled by the civil and political landscape in which his teenage sons were growing up, Dreyfuss decided to scrap acting and head for England’s University of Oxford to learn how to resurrect the vanishing civics curriculum in U.S. schools. “To me this was such an easy call,” says the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner. “I already had my career, and I had … Continue reading →

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- Lori Acken

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'Madoff': TV Review

26 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the Oscar-nominated The Big Short and Showtime's Billions already making ripples, our year of slightly behind-the-curve outrage at the financial sector is about to get not one, but two TV movies about Ponzi scheme perpetrator Bernie Madoff. Winning the Bernie Madoff race to air is ABC's Madoff, starring Richard Dreyfuss as the former Nasdaq chair and Blythe Danner as his wife, Ruth. HBO's The Wizard of Lies will follow at some point with Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in those respective roles. Premiering across two nights on Feb. 3 and 4, ABC's Madoff is at

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- Daniel Fienberg

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | Blu-ray Review

19 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Shakespeare’s portrait of the brooding, potentially psychotic Danish prince Hamlet is arguably the Bard’s most notable play, as well as a veritable support beam within the literary canon. We’ve seen countless cinematic adaptations, contemporized for modern audiences, anachronized for the kitschy crowd, and usually abridged for the medium. But out of this was born an inventive farce which has taken on an iconicity of its own from the perspective of two minor supporting characters with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Playwright Tom Stoppard penned the intelligent comedy in 1966 and made his solo directorial cinematic outing with the famous 1990 film version which took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (where Gore Vidal was president, no less). Although fans of Shakespeare’s source text will most likely continue to be entertained by Stoppard’s impressive meta-textual accomplishment, this reputable adaptation of his own material often feels a bit flat. »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Sopranos, Law & Order: Actor David Margulies Is Dead at 78

12 January 2016 5:19 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_42454" align="aligncenter" width="590"] David Margulies as the Mayor, Lenny Clotch, in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.(Image via Theiapolis.com)[/caption]

Actor David Margulies has passed away at the age of 78. He is well known for his film roles in GhostbustersGhostbusters II, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and more. Margulies trod the boards on Broadway and worked in television, too.

Margulies plays Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel, in the upcoming Madoff TV mini-series. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Madoff premieres February 3, on ABC. His last TV appearance aired during his life, was in the fifth episode of Happyish, May 24, 2015. Showtime cancelled Happyish exactly three months later, over low ratings.

From 2000 to 2007, Margulies notably recurred as Neil Mink, Tony's lawyer in HBO's The Sopranos. Between 1991 and 2004, the actor played four different characters on NBC's original Law & Order TV series.

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Richard Dreyfuss has high praise for Gary Oldman

12 January 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This year marks 50 years since the debut of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” and 25 years since the release of the play’s film adaptation.  Stoppard himself took on the challenge of scripting and directing a film adaptation of his celebrated absurdist comedy that depicts what’s going on “off-stage,” so to speak, during Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Then relative unknowns in the U.S., English actors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth starred as the Danish prince’s untimely death-bound friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And for the Player — who, with a twinkle in his eye, schooled us on death and exits and entrances — Stoppard turned to Richard Dreyfuss. Packed with wordplay, super-speedy banter, existential musings, slapstick, and silly anachronisms, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” got its big screen premiere at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival, with a release in U.S. theaters the following February. Today the film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. »

- Emily Rome

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David Margulies Dies: Mayor Lenny Clotch Of ‘Ghostbusters’ Was 78

12 January 2016 11:05 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

David Margulies, who played the Mayor of New York in the Ghostbusters films and Tony Soprano’s classy lawyer Neil Mink, died Monday afternoon in New York City after a long illness. His death was confirmed to Deadline by his longtime agent Mary Harden. He was 78 years old and recently finished filming his role as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in the upcoming ABC miniseries Madoff with Richard Dreyfuss, scheduled to air February 3. Margulies was memorable character actor with… »

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David Margulies Dies: Mayor Lenny Clotch Of ‘Ghostbusters’ Was 78

12 January 2016 11:05 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

David Margulies, who played the Mayor of New York in the Ghostbusters films and Tony Soprano’s classy lawyer Neil Mink, died Monday afternoon in New York City after a long illness. His death was confirmed to Deadline by his longtime agent Mary Harden. He was 78 years old and recently finished filming his role as Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in the upcoming ABC miniseries Madoff with Richard Dreyfuss, scheduled to air February 3. Margulies was memorable character actor with… »

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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Dedicated To The Genius Of Vilmos Zsigmond

6 January 2016 11:52 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Cinema suffered a cataclysmic loss this past Monday when one of the greatest cinematographers of our time, Vilmos Zsigmond, passed away. With a decade-spanning career and collaborations with directors from Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Steven Spielberg, and Brian De Palma, Zsigmond’s legend will certainly live on, and he’ll continue to inspire generations of cinephiles and newbies alike. Read More: R.I.P Vilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016) Zsigmond’s contributions to such a variety of filmmaking secure his unparalleled place in history; he was truly a master of shadow and light. In this new video essay by Brad Jones, Zsigmond’s beauteous gift is paramount, and through seamless and clean shots, the beholder is overcome by his talent. Whether it’s the juxtapositional light adorning Warren Beatty’s face in “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” Richard Dreyfuss’ illuminating out-of-this-world experiences in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” or John Travolta and Nancy Allen meandering in the. »

- Samantha Vacca

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