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Coen brothers’ Netflix series among top viewing choices for the week

November 11, 2018

Coen brothers’ Netflix series among top viewing choices for the week

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Coen brothers’ six-part Western anthology, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is among the top viewing choices for the week.

“Gun Trucks of Vietnam” (9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, Smithsonian Channel): This Veterans Day special tells the story of the U.S. Army gun truckers, soldiers assigned trucks that were woefully under-equipped for protecting convoys during the Vietnam War. They scavenged parts and weapons to turn these unarmed trucks into effective five-ton machines during the Vietnam War. The program introduces viewers to the soldiers who served, the trucks they built and the battles they fought. It also highlights Vietnam vets who have built accurate replicas of the trucks and are driving them on America’s roads today.

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” (Friday, Nov. 16, Netflix): This was going to be the first Netflix series from Joel and Ethan Coen, the filmmaking brothers whose credits include “Raising Arizona,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski,” “No Country for Old Men” and “O Brother Where Art Thou” Although reworked into a long movie, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” still has the basic feel of the anthology it was planned to be -- with segments devoted to different characters. It features six different stories set in the Old West . The one continuing presence is Tim Blake Nelson as the title character, described as a “sharp-shooting songster.” Also in the cast are Liam Neeson, Tom Waits, Tyne Daly, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson, Clancy Brown, Stephen Root, Jonjo O’Neill, Saul Rubinek, David Krumholtz and Ralph Ineson.

“A Murder in Mansfield” (9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, ID): Filmmaker Barbara Kopple takes a deep dive in the true-crime genre with this 90-minute look at the 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield, Ohio. Her 12-year-old son Collier gave a devastating videotaped testimony blaming his father for the murder. Kopple follows Collier more than two decades later as he returns to Mansfield to retrace his past and confront his imprisoned father.

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