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They couldn't be more different -- like TV apples and oranges -- but tonight, both shows focus on the same subject: Bernie Madoff. And in both cases, they provide fictional wish fulfillment for anyone who doesn't think that the 71-year-old financier got his just desserts (after pleading guilty to a multi-billion-dollar fraud, Madoff is now serving a 150-year jail term at a medium-security prison in North Carolina).
Some decry the fact that no charges have been brought against Madoff's wife, brother, or sons, all of whom worked at Madoff's firm.
For more direct (and decidedly more crass) jabs at the Madoffs, just flip over to Showtime. Among the celebrities skewered in Ullman's first season 3 episode, her Ruth Madoff impersonation is the standout. With her husband behind bars, Ruth's moved to a 700-square-foot apartment on the edge of Harlem. "Bernie, I miss you and our penthouse duplex with terraces on the Upper East Side," she wails, as loud music blares from the apartment next door. Inmate Madoff is depicted, too (by Ullman's husband, Allan McKeown), with a beefy bunkmate who demands sexual favors.
So, Madoff victims, do you like your revenge served with well-written dramatic subtlety, or darkly comic aggression? Tonight, you can take your pick.
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