Bernie Madoff needs no introduction. The man who fleeced trusting investors out of more than $60 billion in the biggest Ponzi scheme in history now has another accomplishment. He has inspired two excellent television productions, each starring an Oscar-winner as the Wall Street villain.
It’s hard to place a real-life figure played by actors of such stature. Like Madoff, writer Carl Bernstein has been portrayed by two Oscar winners — Dustin Hoffman in “All the President’s Men” and Jack Nicholson in “Heartburn.”
Last year, ABC aired the compelling miniseries “Madoff,” starring Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by Barry Levinson, “The Wizard of Lies” (8 p.m. Saturday, HBO) stars Robert De Niro as Madoff. Fans of the “Raging Bull” actor who love the quiet menace and slow burn of “Goodfellas” should not miss this.
“Wizard” is visually closer to Scorsese’s gangster epic. Flashbacks evoke a breezy decadence, and the soundtrack features midcentury pop and rock hits, most notably The Chords’ “Sh-Boom,” the song that was playing when Madoff met the teenage Ruth, who became his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) of 51 years.
•The stepmother of a murder witness begins to have grave doubts on “Secrets of My Stepdaughter” (8 p.m., Lifetime).
•A mission to Mexico on the season finale of “Training Day” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
•Conflicts consume Prairie Flower on “The Son” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-14).
— Dwayne Johnson hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14), featuring musical guest Katy Perry.
SUNDAY’S SEASON FINALES
— Can-do canines on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
— An unexpected wedding on “Call the Midwife” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
— Chris unravels on “Making History” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— A Russian move puts NATO in jeopardy on “Madam Secretary” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— Double vision on an hourlong “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— Gang war breaks out on “Elementary” (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— Scheduled on two installments of “60 Minutes” (CBS): sanctuary cities, Chicago’s jails and a profile of Ai Weiwei (7 p.m.), prison informants, archaeologists who use GPS imagery and Brazil’s corruption scandal (8 p.m.).
— Artists from Bruno Mars to Cher perform at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
— “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” (9 p.m., CNN, TV-PG) explores the culinary diversity of the borough of Queens, New York.
— Laurie resumes her therapy practice on “The Leftovers” (9 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
— Laura’s story recalled on “American Gods” (9 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
— Richard’s partnership teeters on “Silicon Valley” (10 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
— Catherine and Marjorie have much to announce on “Veep” (10:30 p.m., HBO, TV-MA).
Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hunt star in the 1982 drama “The Year of Living Dangerously” (10 p.m. Sunday, TCM).
A SEAL in training expires on “NCIS: New Orleans” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... “Dateline” (8 p.m., NBC) ... Bad choices on “American Housewife” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... A workaholic’s talking dog speaks of loneliness on “Downward Dog” (8:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Two hours of “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) ... “48 Hours” (10 p.m., CBS).
On two episodes of “Shades of Blue” (NBC, TV-14): a grim discovery (9 p.m.), a desperate move (10 p.m.).
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