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CBS has just released details about the two hour finale of Hostages but refer to it as just a "season finale" instead of a "series finale." Does that mean that the "limited series" is coming back for a second season?
On Hostages, Toni Collette plays Ellen Sanders, a doctor who's set to perform a fairly rudimentary surgical procedure on the President (James Naughton). When a group of men (led by Dylan McDermott) invade her home and take her family hostage, she's faced with a lose-lose decision. If she doesn't cause the President to die on the operating table, the terrorists will kill her family. The cast also includes Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.
The Monday night drama got off to a mediocre start in the ratings, drawing a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 7.41 million »
Given that he and his family were taken hostage in their own home; he's been bound, beaten up and shot; had his corrupt business practices; and had his affair at the office and tenuous marriage and relationships with his kids exposed, viewers would expect he had reached these depths already.
But no, Brian manages to sink lower in this episode. After directing his daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard) to steal a friend's cell phone so he can make a call that cannot be traced, he calls Nina Carlisle (Francie Swift), FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle's (Dylan McDermott) wife is in a hospital, dying of leukemia.
She has no idea that that her husband has been moonlighting as a kidnapper, holding a family hostage. Or that he is doing so until Brian's wife, Ellen (Toni Collette »
For those who have stuck with "Hostages," Monday's (Dec. 2) episode pays offs. Big time.
The last scene has the kidnapper kidnapped. Carlisle is hogtied, duct tape slapped over his mouth and tossed in a van.
Before we get there, much happens to advance the plot, and five couples are highlighted.
Ellen has resigned herself to having the president die on her operating table. Carlisle explains to his co-conspirators, Archer, Kramer and Sandrine (Billy Brown, Rhys Coiro and Sandrine Holt) that they must take out the new team of hit men gunning for the president. He knows it's kill or be killed.
Carlisle also explains to Ellen's husband, Brian (Tate Donovan), that he needs Brian's contacts as a real estate »
With Monday's episode (Nov. 25), "Hostages" is two-thirds of the way through its run.
CBS is committed to finishing the series, and since 15 episodes were planned this is the 10th, we're 66.66 percent of the way there. In an unusual move, no one is killed this week. And a little more is explained.
For starters, FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) and Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) have more honest conversations with each other than either does with anyone else. She wants to know why no one knows that his terminally ill wife, Nina, is the president's daughter.
Carlisle tells her, and it's shown in flashback how President Kincaid (James Naughton) was a young congressman in 1978. A young journalist went to his hotel room to interview him. He raped her, then tried to buy her off. When she could not be bought, Burton Delaney (Larry Pine) helped her leave the country.
By the end of the eighth episode of "Hostages" Monday (Nov. 11), just what constitutes a "good reason" is anybody's guess.
Are there good reasons why a colonel, the president's chief of staff and the scorned sister of the first lady want the president dead? It's unlikely they share the same motivations, outside of a mad power grab.
Col. Thomas Blair (Brian White) believes that the government should continue to spy on citizens. Since he is in charge of Operation Total Information, he wants it to continue. President Kincaid (James Naughton) wants to stop the spying.
"When the American people find out the extent to which this government has been secretly spying on its own citizens -- surveillance devices in cars, in computers -- they are going to demand my head on a stake," the president says to the colonel and Quentin Creasy (Jeremy Bobb), his chief of staff, who are involved in the assassination plot. »
The action continues to hurtle forward in CBS' "Hostages" Monday (Oct. 28) even if the main event -- assassinating the president -- is barely mentioned.
It turns out that living in the Sanders' household, under the point of a gun and with three very edgy kidnappers, is so fraught with danger that even a forcible commitment to an asylum is preferable.
Duncan (Dylan McDermott) warns Ellen to get rid of her sister. Though Ellen tries, Lauren has nowhere else to go and barges in. This is, after all, her sister.
Both of the Sanders kids are back as well after botching their escape. Morgan (Quinn Shephard) goes to the doctor, who confirms that she is five weeks pregnant. The doctor notices Morgan's bruises »
CBS is advertising Hostages as a "limited series" with 15 episodes. If the ratings are poor, will it be cancelled before they all air? Or, if it's a big hit, will they find a way to make a second season? Time will tell.
On Hostages, the lives of a prominent surgeon's family are threatened by terrorists who want her to kill the President of the United States. The cast of this thriller includes Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, James Naughton, Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to »
When are people going to learn to stop underestimating smart women?
That's the main takeaway from Monday's (Oct. 7) episode of "Hostages." Well, that and some true leaps of faith the show asks of viewers.
Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) is exceptionally smart, calm and calculating. So why don't people recognize that?
Why doesn't FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) realize she is way smarter than he? Sure, he is better armed, and is holding her family hostage. But never is her brain sharper than when she is cornered.
Carlisle and the people he works for spent ages devising a plot to kill President Kincaid (James Naughton). Sanders foils them at every turn.
Since this episode begins by referencing online conspiracy theories about the nurse who allegedly committed suicide in the last episode, we have a few of our own questions to ask.
Is Carlisle a rogue FBI agent as he's »
The Secret Service immediately knew the president receiving the wrong drug before an operation was no accident, and the government jumps into action on Monday's (Sept. 30) second episode of "Hostages."
Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) is under suspicion after the aborted operation in last week's series premiere. She's escorted into a room and questioned. The Secret Service initially seems satisfied with her answers. Sanders seems shocked at the inference of anyone trying to do the president harm.
When pressed as to why she postponed the surgery -- in which the president was supposed to die, per the assassination conspiracy -- Sanders says, "I was concerned he was not clotting properly. I called off the surgery because he would have died."
When Sanders finally gets home after an exhausting day, Duncan (Dylan McDermott) awaits. As expected, he is none too thrilled with having the assassination plan foiled.
"Your clever little ruse has made everything more difficult, »
The beauty of the CBS drama "Hostages" is that last week's pilot left us in suspense, and the actors and producers promise they are trying to keep that tension going for the series' 15 episodes.
"How can you sustain a show like that?" asks Dylan McDermott, who stars as rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle. "We don't understand it. That in itself is kind of interesting because everyone is asking the same question."
The Monday, Sept. 30, episode, "Invisible Leash," continues that tautness.
Set in Washington, D.C., "Hostages" revolves around an assassination attempt on the president. Rather than have a sniper take him out, here those who want him dead try enlisting a thoracic surgeon to do the dirty deed.
"Why doesn't she kill him?" Collette asks Zap2it. "Because there would be no TV show. »
The former, which has been picked up by Channel 4 to air in the UK, was roundly trounced by The Blacklist in the ratings, which incidentally will debut in the UK on Sky Living on October 4th. Hostages isn’t quite D.O.A., but with a soft landing don’t expect Hostages to get a solid air date from Channel 4 until it’s fate looks a little clearer.
Until then, let’s have a look and see whether the shows themselves are any good, and if we should be looking forward to their UK debuts.
- Joe Cunningham
On Hostages, Toni Collette plays Ellen Sanders, a doctor who's set to perform a fairly rudimentary surgical procedure on the President (James Naughton). When a group of men (led by Dylan McDermott) invade her home and take her family hostage. She's faced with a lose-lose decision. Either cause the President to die on the operating table or the terrorists will kill her family.
Sound interesting? Worth watching? Well, here's what some critics think:
Salt Lake Tribune: "Perhaps the most intriguing part of the show is that the Sanders family has all sorts of secrets Duncan and his team can exploit. After watching the first episode, I'm intrigued enough to watch another episode or two. We'll see whether any of us are intrigued enough to »
"Hostages" did precisely what it should in Monday's (Sept. 23) pilot: hook the audience and make us wonder how this thriller can possibly sustain itself.
The tense drama stars Toni Collette as Dr. Ellen Sanders, a thoracic surgeon about to operate on the president of the United States (James Naughton). Work would be stressful enough, but that's nothing compared to what she has going on at home: A well-armed band of four breaks in and hold her family hostage.
Led by Dylan McDermott as rogue FBI Special Agent Duncan Carlisle, they have one demand: Dr. Sanders must kill the president during the operation. If she does not, they will kill her family.
That's the premise, and it's a great one, making the audience consider which matters more: Your family or your country.
Chicago – CBS’s “Hostages” is the first interesting new drama of 2013 (well, tied with NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which airs at the same time tonight, Monday, September 23, 2013). It’s not an instant hit creatively but there’s a lot to like here, particularly in its great cast and clever concept, one that engages the viewer enough with the promise of excitement for all fifteen weeks of this shortened season.
It’s got the feel of a great action movie, a piece of escapism that doesn’t necessarily challenge you mentally but offers a nice break from reality after a long Monday.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
TV veterans Toni Collette (Emmy winner for “The United States of Tara”), Dylan McDermott (Golden Globe winner for “The Practice”), Tate Donovan (“Damages”) bring their notable ability to create engaging, believable characters in not-necessarily-believable situations to “Hostages.” That’s a warning. The plot is ridiculous. But it »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Suspense-filled from the get-go, “Hostages” revolves around a family full of secrets: There’s the husband (Tate Donovan) hiding his business woes and extracurricular activities, the surly daughter (Quinn Shephard) who may have gotten herself knocked up, and the lacrosse-player son (Mateus Ward) caught with a collection for illicit substances. The only one without an obvious secret is their mother, a surgeon played by Toni Collette, and she inadvertently gets the entire family kidnapped by a rogue FBI agent (a scruff-faced Dylan McDermott) intent on killing the president. The pilot opens with the doctor explaining how plans to operate on the chief. »
- Diane Garrett
CBS has had a comfortable lead in the network ratings for several years now, but with many of their most popular comedies continuing to age (The Big Bang Theory is starting season 7, Himym is wrapping up its run this year with season 9, and Two and a Half Men is going into season 11), it’s no surprise that the network is looking for a new batch of sitcoms to eventually replace these increasingly expensive series. They’re also getting into the short-run series game, with two new limited run (13 episode) shows that will share a timeslot over the year. Here’s a look at what to expect this fall from CBS.
Directed by Pamela Fryman
Airs Mondays at 9:30pm Est on CBS
- Kate Kulzick
The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including new sitcoms from Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes, a new CW showcase for another Amell and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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The Show | CBS’ Hostages (Mondays at 10/9c; premieres Sept. 23)
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
The king of the networks easily remains in charge despite "Elementary" being their only fresh hit of last season's new shows. The network's line-up remains fairly stable with only a few key moves such as Thursday being expanded to include two hours of comedy programming, and "Hawaii Five-0" moving to Fridays.
Several other pilots didn't make the cut this week including the series sequel to the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, a TV version of the comedy "Bad Teacher", the "NCIS" mobile spin-off "NCIS: Red," a procedural based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary homicide detective Everett Backstrom, the Frank Marshall-produced political thriller "The Ordained" about a priest turned lawyer trying to save his sister from assassination, »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – When you’re the #1 network on TV, it must be tempting to stay the course. However, CBS always shakes things up a bit and this year is no different. The 2013-14 schedule, announced this morning, features four new comedies (including a new comedy block in one of their most successful time slots) and one drama, along with new time slots for big hits “Person of Interest,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Hawaii Five-0.” The five new shows feature a stunning degree of star power with lead roles taken by Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margo Martindale, Tony Shalhoub, Toni Collette, Will Arnett, Tate Donovan, Allison Janney, and more. It must be nice to be #1.
Full schedule below with new show descriptions under that. Come back for more news, reviews, and previews of the 2013-14 Fall schedule.
7pm “How I Met Your Mother”
7:30pm “We Are Men »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
CBS just announced its fall schedule, which includes two hours of Thursday comedies (which includes the new Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones), a new night for Hawaii 5-0, and back-to-back new dramas on Mondays at 10 to avoid airing repeats throughout the season.
Here is is:
Here are the descriptions of the new shows:
We Are Men is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, »
- Lynette Rice
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