Hollywood CA-- Steven Boctchco's new police drama begins this September on ABC. The mercurial producer of 'NYPD Blue' and 'Cop Rock' has a new idea based upon the silent film era. 'Silent Hour' will have no dialogue at all. Ragtime music and pantomime acting will tell the story instead.
'Silent Hour' takes place in a busy New Yawk police precinct. The cast boasts descendants of famous silent film stars such as Drew Barrymore, Lon Chaney IV and Annie Gish. The series will also be filmed in black and white, although it takes place in the present. Lou Cipher from ABC Studios explains further:
"This is your typical police drama that everyone has seen a million times. The characters are all stereotypes. There's the tough cop, the alcoholic cop, the woman cop and the corrupt cop. The only selling point is the silence. The audience can easily make up the dialogue themselves." said Mr. Cipher.
Commercial ads run during 'Silent Hour' must also be mute, according to Mr. Cipher. "We are looking for creative advertising, there must be no speech at all during this entire, silent hour."
Steve Botchco hopes it will be "a lot of fun for the audience" and hopes the idea spreads to other TV shows.
"Wouldn't it be great if 'American Idol' was filmed without dialogue? Wouldn't it be wonderful to never hear Rosie O'Donnell speak again?" Mr Botchco asked. "It's too bad actors ever learned to talk, maybe this new show will change things for the better."