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HOSTAGES: What You Need to Know About the New CBS Series

September 23, 2013 by  

There are approximately one million new shows debuting this season*, and it’s going to get difficult to keep track of them all.

To help you out, for every new show, I’m going to basically create a hub of info on the day of the premiere — pilot photos, my quick take on the pilot (or what I’ve seen so far), what’s been written about it so far, and when you can watch it.

Next up, HOSTAGES…


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"Pilot "-- When Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette), a prominent Washington D.C. surgeon, is handpicked to operate on the President of the United States (James Naughton), rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle and a group of armed intruders invade her home and hold her and her family captive. Ellen is soon even more horrified to learn that her captors will kill her entire family if she does not assassinate the President during surgery, on the series premiere of HOSTAGES Monday, Sept. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.Photo: Nicole Rivelli/©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

*Maybe not scientifically correct. But close enough.

CBS’ description: “HOSTAGES, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, stars Emmy Award winner Toni Collette and Golden Globe Award winner Dylan McDermott in a high-octane suspense drama about Dr. Ellen Sanders, a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle.  Ellen and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President when she operates on him.  His  highly  skilled  accomplices  include his brother-in-law Kramer, whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer, an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine, a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team.  With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian, her secretive daughter Morgan and her not-so-innocent son Jake.  In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.”

My take: One of the best new dramas of the season, Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott are fantastic in this twistedly tense new series. While the premise might seem limiting, it becomes clear by the end of the pilot how grand the scope of the show’s first season will be, and I am very interested to see it play out.

And the links to catch up on:

HOSTAGES premieres tonight at 10 PM on CBS.

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