TVLine Items: Lewis Black in Madoff, Another Bachelor in Paradise and More

Lewis Black Madoff

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‘s Richard Dreyfuss (as Madoff), Meet the Parents‘ Blythe Danner, Ray Donovan‘s Frank Whaley, The Astronaut Wives Club‘s Erin Cummings and Suits‘ Tom Lipinski.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The Bachelorette Season 11 contestant Jonathan Holloway, who did not receive a rose from Kaitlyn Bristowe on Monday’s episode, has joined the Season 2 cast of Bachelor in Paradise, premiering Aug. 2.

* IFC has released the trailer for The Spoils Before Dying, its upcoming follow-up to last year’s The Spoils of Babylon, airing July 8-10 at 9 pm each night. Click here to see, among other things, Maya Rudolph coming back from the dead and Michael Sheen practicing his bartending skills.

* British TV and radio personality Chris Evans — no, not that Chris Evans — has signed a three-year deal to become the new host of BBC’s motor series Top Gear. He replaces Jeremy Clarkson, whose contract wasn’t renewed following a physical altercation with one of the show’s producers.

* The Insider special correspondent Debbie Matenopoulos will take over as host of the show on July 6, replacing Thea Andrews, TheWrap reports.