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Hostages: Does the CBS Series Hold Your Attention?

Hostages TV show on CBSOn 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.

Others in the cast are Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.

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 make it through all 15 hours.”

Star-Ledger: “There are, of course, subplots — Sanders’ husband (Tate Donovan) and teenaged kids are each shielding their own secrets, uncovered by Carlisle and his crew — and covered up by them as well. Unfortunately, they’re fairly pedestrian. I’m more curious about Carlisle’s motivations, and a glimpse at coming episodes reveals some promising, if unsurprising, sexual tension simmering between Carlisle and the good doctor. Some Stockholm Syndrome sex? I’m willing to monitor the situation for a few weeks.”

NY Daily News: “McDermott and Collette give it a good start, since they both clearly are going to show us a lot more than we see at first. Hostages hardly breaks new ground as a psychodrama with violence hovering in the air. But it could open new options for the television procedural.”

USA Today: “The problem for Hostages (beyond McDermott’s habit of relying too heavily on the “whisper shout” line delivery that has become his trademark) is that viewers have been burned by this kind of ongoing mystery once too often. Many are likely wary of committing yet again to a story that may be working its way to a nonsensical ending, if it ends at all. Indeed, right now you may be picturing a show where Ellen tries and fails to kill the president once a week, and wondering why you’d want to watch that.”

LA Times: “By pilot’s end, the tension level is more Parenthood than Homeland. One suspects the “Hostages” of the title refers to Carlisle as well as Ellen and her family, but who knows? McDermott does little save look square-jawed, but Collette and Donovan are always interesting to watch. Many viewers, including myself, will no doubt tune into Episode 2 if only out of curiosity.”

What do you think? Is Hostages worth your time? If you’ve seen it, will you be watching another episode?

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joyce January 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

Love the show, never missed an episode.Where will the other hostages come from if show returns? Love it!!!


Maria January 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

I like this show. It’s different from the other cop shows.
Please don’t cancel it.


linda January 3, 2014 at 2:58 am

love the show! Do not cancel


Sandy January 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm

My sister and I are hooked – please keep it on! Love the actors, storyline, etc…..


Elle December 24, 2013 at 2:03 am



Patsy S November 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I love it, but wonder why they don’t do something for Toni’s cracked lips. Very distracting but I will continue to watch


MIKE November 20, 2013 at 10:57 am



IC September 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

loved it! I’m curious as to how they’ll make it into 15 episodes, but I’ll definitely keep watching


Mike September 25, 2013 at 4:50 am

I liked it but can’t see how they are going to make it into a full series


Why Watch September 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Old premise. This was been tried before and never worked.


Lew September 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

Will have to wait and see. I also thought ‘how many seasons can be made from The Killing’ and they managed to present 2 fantastic seasons. So, one will need to wait and see where the story goes.


Sharon September 23, 2013 at 10:50 pm

How long can this show go on? The title locks it in. Can they do seasons with the same hostage? Will watch to see how good it is.


Anonymous December 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Love this show better not get cancelled!!!


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