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Lewis Black‘s latest TV role is no laughing matter.
The longtime comedian has joined the cast of Madoff, ABC’s upcoming miniseries about former stockbrocker Bernie Madoff.
Inspired by Brian Ross’ book The Madoff Chronicles, the drama will explore the rise and fall of the disgraced financier, culminating in his 150-year prison sentencing in 2009 for operating a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Black will play Ezra Merkin, who invested with Madoff and brought a number of wealthy Jewish clients into his fold. The comedian joins a cast that includes Close Encounters of the Third Kind »
“Our audience really connects with Debbie, and she has great chemistry with Louis and the team,” exec producer Brad Bessey announced Tuesday. “She’s down-to-earth, plugged into celebrity news and pop culture, has a vibrant personality and is a true industry insider. In many ways she is the personification of ‘The Insider’ brand.”
Matenopoulos joined the entertainment newsmagazine as a special correspondent this past May for for exclusive sit-down interviews with Sally Jessy Raphael, Martha Stewart, Joy Behar and Kathie Lee Gifford, among others. She first joined “The Insider” in January 2012, as a correspondent.
Previously, she worked as a host for “The View,” TV Guide Channel, E! and, most recently, Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family.”
“The Insider »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Emmy-winning TV personality and best-selling author Debbie Matenopoulos will be named host of the syndicated entertainment news program “The Insider,” the show confirmed to TheWrap. Matenopoulos will take the anchor chair beside co-host Louis Aguirre beginning July 6. She replaces Thea Andrews, a host since January 2013. “Our audience really connects with Debbie and she has great chemistry with Louis and the team,” executive producer Brad Bessey told TheWrap in a statement. “She’s down-to-earth, plugged into celebrity news and pop-culture, has a vibrant personality and is a true industry insider. In many ways she is the personification of ‘The Insider’ brand. »
- Matt Donnelly
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