The Coen Brothers have made some the best movies I've ever seen, but now it seems like they are taking their talents to television. Well, not really television, a streaming service. You can watch it a bunch of different ways, but one of those ways is on a TV. Anyway, they are going to make a western.
And not just a western like in the classical sense of the word, they are doing a fancy "anthology" which means a bunch of shows put together. I have a couple of anthologies on my bookshelves, but they are mostly encyclopedias.
The news broke on Wednesday morning that Annapurna Television would be producing a six-episode anthology western series called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, starring O Brother, Where Art Thou‘s Tim Blake Nelson as the titular Buster Scruggs. Given that this is being billed as an anthology, I’d imagine Buster Scruggs will be a framing story, not unlike the Crypt Keeper, or maybe even a character who wanders through various, unrelated stories set in the Old West.
In a press release, the Coens said, “We are streaming motherfuckers!”
I don't know if Tim Blake Nelson will have anyone shaking in their boots, but I do love me a good western. Maybe they can find away to bring those pretty siren ladies from O Brother, Where Art Thou. I'll hold off on judgment until I can see the show. I think it's okay to have high hopes for this one, the Coen Bros make good movies so, I think they can make a good tv show or streaming show or whatever you want to call it.