Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe

The Coen Brothers Just Announced Their First Foray Into Television

The Golden Age of T.V. continues to get shinier – Joel and Ethan Coen just announced yesterday that they will be creating their first project for television. Little is known about the project so far, but we do know that it will be a limited-run series entitled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (a classically silly Coen Brothers name). In case you hadn’t guessed from the title, the show will be a western. It’s a familiar genre for the Coen Brothers – they’ve previously directed “True Grit,” their most straightforward foray into the western genre, but they have also put their own idiosyncratic take on the genre with an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “No Country For Old Men.” Even when they’re directing a film of a different genre, many of Coen Brothers movies exhibit a kind of western campiness (Sam Elliot in “The Big Lebowski” for instance) that suggests a deep love and familiarity with the genre.

With this series, the Coen Brothers become the latest in a long line of film directors to venture into television. Among the ranks of new shows helmed by directors known for film are Ridley Scott with FX’s “Taboo,” Paolo Sorrentino with HBO’s “The Young Pope,” and (maybe) David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” reboot. We don’t yet know the release date, or even the channel or website on which the show will premiere – wherever and whenever it is though, I’ll probably be watching.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.