After two decades away, Lars Von Trier will return to television with The House That Jack Built, a high-end drama. No further details have been released, but based on the director’s controversial career in film — including the two-part Nymphomaniac — there is no doubt that The House That Jack Built will immediately become must-see television. Until that show premieres (it isn’t even filming until 2016), here are some other famous film directors who have directed television.
Heckerling is best known for writing and directing Clueless and Look Who’s Talking and directing Fast Times at Ridgemont High. All three went on to become television series, and Heckerling directed episodes of Clueless and Fast Times. But one of her most notable TV jobs came early in Season 1 of The Office, where she easily adapted to the mockumentary format and painted a lovely but heartbreaking picture of Pam.