Ben Browder on the Case in Noir Web Series Naught for Hire
As a lifelong fan of all things “Farscape”, I consider it my duty to bring to you all things “Farscape”-related, even when they don’t necessarily, well, have anything to do with “Farscape”. But hey, you can’t get any more “Farscape”-related than the casting of the show’s male lead Ben Browder in a new “noir web series” from Paramount Digital called “Naught for Hire”.
Browder will be playing a futuristic P.I. named Nick Naught, with the web series set for production sometime in early 2012. The series will be based on the character created by writer John E. Stith, who co-wrote the web series along with producer Jeffrey Berman.
So what’s it all about?
Imagine a future where artificial intelligence chips have been placed in everything mechanical or electronic but they have all been programmed by complete idiots. A world where answering machines talk back, digital watches lie, parking meters rip you off, bombs are bi-polar and technology in general is more dysfunctional than the people who use it, and you will have only scratched the surface of Nick Naught’s world.
In the tradition of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe comes Nick Naught, an old-fashioned, hard-boiled, down-on-his-luck private detective with an anachronistic bent. He’s just an analog guy in a digital world
Based on a story by Nebula Award nominee, John E. Stith, Naught for Hire is a 13-part web series in the vein of the early Hollywood serialized films. Each week’s six-minute episode will end on a cliffhanger and feature a who’s who of guest voices as the inanimate and animate objects that populate Naught’s world come to life.
It was bad enough when a good detective had to wade through a horde of low lifes and thieves; its worse when he has to do it with a car that’s in love with him, an answering machine that likes to play pranks on him and a neurotic elevator that wants to go anywhere else other than up or down.
Suffice it to say, it’s a sci-fi show set within the Raymond Chandler-type P.I. world … ish. And made on a webseries budget, so don’t expect anything too fancy, though then again, Amanda Tapping’s “Sanctuary” started off as a webseries before it landed its own TV show, so there you go.