The Coen brothers have long mined a range of genres, but this first TV project is in their detective noir wheel house.
The Oscar-winning Coens are in good company, as other successful Hollywood directors turn their talents to the small screen. Steven Spielberg has been producing TV for a long time, from HBO's Band of Brothers and Pacific to the more recent Falling Skies and Terra Nova. But now Martin Scorsese has won an Emmy for the Boardwalk Empire pilot; his two-part HBO doc George Harrison: Living in the Material World airs Wednesday and Thursday. Neil Jordan went period with Showtime's The Borgias. Oscar-winning screenwriter Robert Towne is prepping min-series Pompei for the Scott brothers. And Jonathan Demme's A Gifted Man, starring Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle and Emmy-winning Margo Martindale, is a well-reviewed CBS survivor so far this fall season.