Blythe Danner (I’ll See You In My Dreams, Meet The Parents) and Lyne Renee (Strike Back) have joined the cast of ABC’s Madoff miniseries. City Island helmer Raymond De Felitta directs the project, which is currently in production. Inspired by ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross’ reports and his book The Madoff Chronicles, the mini follows the rise and spectacular fall of the now-imprisoned swindler and the $65 billion Ponzi scheme he concocted. Danner will play Ruth Madoff, the wife of Bernie Madoff, played by Richard Dreyfuss. Renee, repped by Abrams Artists, Vanguard Management Group and The Artists Partnership in the UK, will play Catherine, the unassuming owner of a fishing store and Andrew Madoff’s second wife. De Felitta is repped by APA.
Michael Esper (Nurse Jackie, Frances Ha) has booked a recurring role in Shades Of Blue, NBC’s straight-to-series drama directed by Barry Levinson. The series follows a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers (Jennifer Lopez) is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family’s welfare and that of her police family. Esper, repped by Gersh and Sweet 180, will play Donnie Pomp, a lieutenant with Internal Affairs who tries to drive a wedge between the characters Wozniak (Ray Liotta) and Harley (Lopez). Esper most recently starred in Broadway musical, The Last Ship.