Standoff (2006–2007)

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A pair of hostage negotiators try to resist their budding attraction to each other.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Matt Flannery (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Emily Lehman (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Cheryl Carrera (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Frank Rogers (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Lia Mathers (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
 Duff Gonzalez (18 episodes, 2006-2007)


There's no crisis situation they can't handle... unless it involves each other. Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman are the top-ranked negotiators in the FBI's Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU). They're trained to talk their way through volatile situations. They're experts at knowing what makes other people tick. They're also sleeping together... a secret that they agreed to keep to themselves, until Matt revealed it to the entire world during a tense hostage standoff. The public revelation causes friction between Matt, who doesn't take much seriously and relies on gut instinct, and Emily, an academic who analyzes every move. Their relationship also gets them into major trouble with their boss, Cheryl Carrera, head of the Los Angeles CNU, and raises eyebrows among their CNU colleagues, including intelligence officer Lia Mathers. While Matt and Emily should be split up for being romantically involved, they're too valuable as a team. Together, they're among the best in their field; Cheryl knows ... Written by Anonymous

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Partners by day. They're still trying to figure out the nights. See more »



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Ron Livingston and Michael Cudlitz previously worked together on 'Band of Brothers' (2001). See more »


Emily Lehman: Trying to negotiate with him there will be like trying to diffuse a bomb with a Gremlin sitting on my shoulder pulling my hair.
Matt Flannery: Why is the Gremlin pulling your hair?
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Referenced in Family Guy: Family Gay (2009) See more »

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28 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Thank you Sky for bringing this show to the UK, it's great, and a nice change to actually get a good drama/comedy instead of more reality TV.

The characters are well thought out, and well acted. A great cast, especially Gina Torres as the "Boss".

The story lines are solid, and without too much emphasis on the technical aspects the viewers is allowed to get involved with the personal story that evolves each week.

It's also interesting to have the running theme of the relationship between the two main characters, and to see how this will develop as time goes on.

Well done FOX, please don't cancel this one.

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