'Goodfellas' the TV Show? Believe It, Wise Guy!

Just when you thought that TNT may have had AMC's number by developing a noir crime series with Frank Darabont, AMC turns around and announces that they have picked up an adaptation of the classic Scorcese film "Goodfellas."

If you're a fan of mob movies, you have to be excited about this one: the adaptation is being considered as a weekly hour-long drama, and will be written (at least initially) by Nicholas Pileggi, who wrote both the movie and the book (Wiseguy) on which the movie is based.

This could be a huge deal for AMC, which has a terrific track record with new dramas like "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead." Plus, there has been a bit of a void left in the television landscape after the departure of "The Sopranos" that "Goodfellas" could potentially fill.

Of course, there's the question of whether the basic cable home of the show will limit it in terms of violence and language, which were both a staple of "The Sopranos."

The only thing that would make this even better would be getting Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to reprise their roles, but they're probably busy. Well, De Niro is probably busy, anyway.