HBO Ignores Madoff’s Victims in Favor of Family Drama

The Wizard of Lies. HBO. Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m.
Sorry, guys. Showtime has decided not to offer advance screenings of its reboot of the milestone of television weirdness, Twin Peaks, which premieres this weekend. This is either a canny make-’em-beg marketing strategy or a desperate effort to conceal an epic bomb.
So instead of an incisive analysis of boogalooing and backwards-talking midgets, I can offer only the observation that every criminal breeds his own cult. Just as there are women who want to marry Charles Manson, there are people anxious to buy Bernie Madoff’s underwear. And Madoffian salirophiliacs compose much of the audience for The Wizard of Lies, HBO’s windy new docudrama on the decline and fall of the all-time Ponzi champ.
The $65 billion collapse of Madoff’s smoke-and-mirrors trading empire in 2008 would seem to offer great dramatic potential. Unlike the largely faceless, institutional banking collapse around the same time that

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