Variety's reporting that HBO has brought on the team behind John Adams to adapt James Ellroy's novels the American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand, the first two books in his Underwold USA trilogy. These are two of my all out favorite books, and they offer a tour of the underbelly of America from the 50's to the 60's. Events like the Bay of Pigs, JFK, MLK, and RFK assassinations are explored along with character from J Edgar Hoover to Marilyn Monroe, and all through the eyes of mob enforcers, assistant DA's and corrupt law officers. A great read, and they could make for amazing mini series. Now if only Ellroy would ever finish the damn trilogy!