Don Bauder 9:30 p.m., March 30
Shinebox TV? AMC Readies Goodfellas: The Series
You gotta' be kidding me. A television series based on Goodfellas coming to American Movie "Classics?" During their commercially-interrupted airings of Marty's 1990 masterwork, the profanity is either bleeped or replaced with something close, like "freaking" or "shoot." Why not go full-PC and call the new downsizing Good Fellows? It defeats the whole purpose!
AMC used to be tops. Remember when Bob Dorian was at the helm giving TNT and later TCM a little competition? Now, every time I tune in, AMC is more than likely showing a pan-and-scan copy of a direct-to-video Steven Seagal film. Why do stations like AMC and premium channels HBO and Showtime refuse to show the widescreen version of say The Great Escape, but see to it that their direct-to-cable offerings play in the letterbox format? And you pay for that privilege?! It's a form of madness.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms Nicholas Pileggi, writer of both Goodfellas and Wise Guys, the book it was based on, will executive produce. Wake up, Nick. Did Marty direct episodes of Alice? Of course not. Would Coppola turn The Godfather into a video game? Oh, yeah. The viticultural momo already did.
Pileggi has written three features. The two best were for Him. Isn't it a bit early to be falling back on your laurels by attempting to turn one of the great American gangster films into cable TV fodder? There was no indication of Marty having a hand in the project. Show a little respect, Nick, and try writing something new instead of regurgitating past glories in an arena that's frankly beneath you.
The cast has yet to be announced, but considering where it will run and who the target audience is, it will probably look something like this.
(L to R) Ryan Seacrest, Hal Linden, Kevin James, and Jerry Mathers as "DeVito."
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