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The Goodfellas writer has put his knowledge of gangsters to good use again in CBS's Vegas. And the show has been a lifeline following the death of his beloved wife, Nora Ephron

Nicholas Pileggi's office is at the back of a film lot in a suburb north of Hollywood. To reach it you walk along a low-rise strip out of 1960s Las Vegas where exuberantly finned Cadillacs are parked up at the roadside, and then past the blackjack and roulette tables of a cavernous casino, filled with all the chandeliered luxury of 50 years ago. The cast of the TV series Pileggi has conceived and co-written, Vegas, are out on location when I visit, so he is pretty much alone here, among the lovingly recreated props and vintage neon-lit backdrops of his own make-believe.

Pileggi's name often has the word "legendary" attached to it. Now a courteous and energetic 79, he »

- Tim Adams

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