Hostages (American TV series)
|Based on||Bnei Aruba|
by Omri Givon
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||15 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||40-43 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i 16:9 (SDTV)|
|Original release||September 23, 2013 –|
January 6, 2014
Hostages is an American drama television series that aired on CBS as part of the 2013–14 American television season. Developed for American television by Alon Aranya and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, it is based on the Israeli series of the same name created by Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir and produced by Chaim Sharir, which premiered on October 13, 2013, almost three weeks after the American version's premiere. Jeffrey Nachmanoff wrote and directed the pilot episode for the American version. The series premiered on September 23, 2013 and ended on January 6, 2014.
On May 10, 2014, CBS announced the cancellation of Hostages after one season.
The family of a doctor is taken hostage by a team led by a rogue FBI agent the night before she is scheduled to perform surgery on the President of the United States. She is ordered by the kidnappers to assassinate the President during surgery in order to save her family.
- Toni Collette as Dr. Ellen Sanders, a well respected thoracic surgeon at the Maryland College Hospital in Washington who is chosen to operate on the President of the United States.
- Dylan McDermott as FBI Special Agent Duncan Carlisle, leader of the team that takes the Sanders family hostage. His motivation is to help his sick wife Nina, who has leukemia.
- Tate Donovan as Brian Sanders, husband of Ellen Sanders and the owner of a real estate firm in Washington. He is having an affair with his assistant, Samantha.
- Quinn Shephard as Morgan Sanders, teenage daughter of Ellen and Brian Sanders.
- Mateus Ward as Jake Sanders, teenage son of Ellen and Brian Sanders, and younger than Morgan.
- Billy Brown as Archer Petit, a member of the team that takes the Sanders family hostage. He and Duncan met 13 years ago after he was rescued from FARC guerrillas while working at the Colombian border.
- Sandrine Holt as Sandrine Renault, a member of the team that takes the Sanders family hostage. She and Archer met while in Afghanistan.
- Rhys Coiro as Kramer Delaney, a member of the team that takes the Sanders family hostage and Duncan's brother-in-law.
- James Naughton as President Paul Kincaid.
- Hilarie Burton as Samantha, mistress and assistant of Brian Sanders
- Paul Calderon as Secret Service Agent Stan Hoffman, a hardworking family man assigned to the joint FBI–Secret Service task force tasked with investigating the threat on the President's life.
- Jim True-Frost as Secret Service Agent Logan.
- Brian White as Colonel Thomas Blair, Marine and current NSA director.
- Joanne Kelly as Vanessa Moore, sister of Mary Kincaid.
- Jeremy Bobb as Quentin Creasy, Chief of Staff within the Kincaid administration.
- Lola Cook as Sawyer Carlisle, Duncan's daughter.
- Larry Pine as Burton Delaney, Duncan's father-in-law and Paul Kincaid's adviser when he was a senator.
- Tyler Elliott Burke as Boyd Norton, Morgan's boyfriend.
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as First Lady Mary Kincaid, wife of President Paul Kincaid.
- Francie Swift as Nina Carlisle, Duncan's sick wife.
Hostages is broadcast internationally: in the UK on Channel 4, Australia on Nine Network, in Canada on CTV, in Latin America on Warner Channel, in the Netherlands on NET 5, in New Zealand on TV One, in Finland on MTV, in South Africa on M-Net, in India on Zee Café, in France on Canal+, in Portugal on RTP2, in Austria on ORF 1, in Belgium on één in Spain on Antena 3 and in Slovenia on POP TV .
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Jeffrey Nachmanoff||Teleplay by: Alon Aranya and Jeffrey Nachmanoff||September 23, 2013||276062||7.41|
|Dr. Ellen Sanders and her family are taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent who threats to kill them if she does not kill the President in an upcoming surgery she will be performing on him.|
|2||"Invisible Leash"||Jason Ensler||Rick Eid & Jeffrey Nachmanoff||September 30, 2013||4X5152||5.96|
|After Ellen's disobedience, Duncan threats to kill one of her loved ones. He also tells the family to go back to living their normal lives for two weeks, but warns them that his team will be following them all the time.|
|3||"Power of Persuasion"||Henry Bronchtein||Rick Eid & Jeffrey Nachmanoff||October 7, 2013||4X5153||5.22|
|When the President decides to use another doctor for his surgery, Ellen is threatened by Duncan to make him change his mind. Also, Ellen meets Duncan's daughter which could help her get more insight into him.|
|4||"2:45 PM"||Russell Lee Fine||Aron Eli Coleite||October 14, 2013||4X5154||5.16|
|Ellen and Brian work on a plan to escape with their kids. Meanwhile, Duncan's mom makes a difficult decision.|
|5||"Truth and Consequences"||Karen Gaviola||Jennifer Cecil||October 21, 2013||4X5155||5.16|
|Ellen puts her skills to work when there is an emergency in the house. An innocent becomes a victim and Duncan wants answers.|
|6||"Sister's Keeper"||David Von Ancken||Jennifer Schuur||October 28, 2013||4X5156||4.90|
|Ellen's sister Lauren unexpectedly arrives at the house and decides to stays while unaware of the current situation. Hoffman in his investigation of the disappearance of Nurse Angela discovers Archer's involvement and confronts Duncan about his lies. Meanwhile Kramer discovers a way that can get Sandrine the money that she needs with dire consequences by robbing a high-stakes poker game and Morgan visits an OBGYN in a routine pregnancy checkup.|
|7||"Hail Mary"||Matt Earl Beesley||Rick Eid & Alon Aranya||November 4, 2013||4X5157||4.79|
|Duncan gets Archer sent to prison in order to silence the accomplice that helped him dispose of Nurse Angela's body because she cut a deal with the ADA. Ellen decides to go to Burton Delaney, the lawyer who represented her in a case when she was a resident, in the hope that he can have Duncan eliminated permanently. Meanwhile, Kramer finds out that the limousine driver he assaulted died in hospital, and Brian spends the day searching for a way to have Duncan killed.|
|8||"The Good Reason"||SJ Clarkson||Cassie Pappas||November 11, 2013||4X5158||4.53|
|After finding out from Burton that the organization will have Ellen and her family killed if Duncan dies, she rushes home to find out that Brian has injected Duncan with the poison she was given to kill the president. In the process of trying to find out Duncan's motives for killing the president, she tries to gain insight to his life through his sick wife, Nina. Meanwhile, Kramer gets questioned for his involvement in the death of the limousine driver and Agent Hoffman questions Brian.|
|9||"Loose Ends"||Henry Bronchtein||Rick Eid & Jeffrey Nachmanoff||November 18, 2013||4X5159||4.54|
|Agent Hoffman's investigation further deepens when he discovers that a high ranking official within the White House forged documents in order to have the president choose Maryland College Hospital for his operation. Logan reveals to Duncan that Hoffman must be killed and his team devises a plan to prevent this from occurring. Meanwhile, the president decides that he will release information related to NSA initiative "Operation Total Information," which targeted citizens' privacy.|
|10||"Burden of Truth"||Phil Abraham||Joshua Allen||November 25, 2013||4X5160||5.62|
|Ellen gains further insight into Nina's past through Duncan and investigates the alternative possibility of saving Nina's life without having to kill the president. In the process, she discovers that Nina's mother did not die during childbirth. Meanwhile, Duncan and his team continue to work against the organization trying to have the president killed and finds out that they hired a sniper to have him assassinated during his visit to New York.|
|11||"Off the Record"||Duane Clark||Nick Santora||December 2, 2013||4X5161||4.51|
|The Sanders family is locked up while Duncan's team travels to New York to stop the sniper that is targeting the President.|
|12||"The Cost of Living"||Frederick E. O. Toye||Rick Eid & Jeffrey Nachmanoff||December 9, 2013||4X5162||4.69|
|Brian goes to the police to expose Duncan's plot. However, he reconsiders when Burton shows him a picture of Ellen kissing Duncan.|
|13||"Fight or Flight"||Bill Johnson||Rick Eid & Jeffrey Nachmanoff||December 16, 2013||4X5163||5.09|
|After Nina learns of Duncan's actions through Brian, Ellen makes clear that she will not kill the president. They devise a plan that will allow each of them to get what they want. Meanwhile, Archer discovers that Sandrine is working for the other side and Nina escapes from Burton's house, only to be found by Blair.|
|14||"Suspicious Minds"||Anton Cropper||Rick Eid||January 6, 2014||4X5164||5.07|
|Duncan discovers that Sandrine has been involved in a plot to kill his team. Instead of eliminating Sandrine, he uses her to free his wife and daughter, who have been taken hostage by Blair.|
|15||"Endgame"||Jeffrey Nachmanoff||Jeffrey Nachmanoff||January 6, 2014||4X5165||4.69|
The series received generally mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 57% of 42 reviews were positive, with the consensus: "Hostages has an intriguing premise and handsome production values, but its twisty plot sometimes strains credulity." David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the show 4 out of 5 stars. Robert Bianco of USA Today awarded it 3 out of 4 stars.
Awards and nominations
|2014||People's Choice Awards||Favorite New Television Drama||Hostages||Nominated|
A list of filming locations:
- In New York
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