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Hostages on CBS: canceled or renewed TV show?Network: CBS
Episodes: 15 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 23, 2013 — January 6, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, James Naughton, Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Tate Donovan, Quinn Shephard, and Mateus Ward.

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TV show description:
In this suspense drama, Doctor Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) is a premiere surgeon who’s scheduled to operate on the President (James Naughton). She’s thrust into a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent, Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). He orders her to assassinate the President by causing his death on the operating table.

Carlisle’s highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer (Rhys Coiro), whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer (Billy Brown), an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine (Sandrine Holt), a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team.

With Ellen’s family’s life in imminent danger, she faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma. Can she save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard), and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward)?

Series Finale

Episode #15 — Endgame
On the day of the President’s surgery, the various plots are in motion. Just before the surgery begins, Ellen is cornered by the First Lady, who finally sees through Ellen’s lies about her husband’s condition and forces her to tell the truth about the assassination plot.

Ellen spills the secrets Kincaid has been keeping from his wife and she agrees to help get the bone marrow out of the hospital. Blair’s squad of hired terrorists move into position after passing themselves off as Secret Service agents, and they launch their diversionary attack just after Ellen nicks an artery during surgery.

Once Ellen is alone with the President and Logan, she gives Logan a sedative, extracts the bone marrow, and prevents the President from bleeding out on the operating table. Once the terrorist threat is subdued, Ellen takes the bone marrow to Nina, who accepts it and apologizes for everything Duncan did to her family.

Meanwhile, Duncan schemes with Vanessa to outwit Blair and free his family. He corners Blair at gunpoint at a fundraising banquet and demands that Blair’s men release Nina and Sawyer.

Once they’ve been released, Blair lashes out, forcing Duncan to shoot and kill him. Duncan then confronts Archer, who has captured the rest of the Sanders family and demands payment for his services.

The two battle in a brutal fistfight with Archer coming out on top, but Kramer arrives just in time to save Duncan and kill Archer.

Duncan then reunites with Nina and Sawyer briefly, saying goodbye before turning himself in to the police for his actions.
First aired: January 6, 2014.

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Joseph Madajewski April 21, 2015 at 11:58 am

Did ALL of you WATCH up to and including episode 15. The producers of the show knew IN ADVANCE it wasn’t being renewed SO they RESOLVED the entire situation. There CANT be another season regardless; the point is moot. McDermott turned himself in; the President is safe…end of story! I DVR’d ep 15 in HD and am saving it ;-)


Brenda Gregson April 21, 2015 at 10:05 am

Wished there was a second series I enjoyed it


Carol Billingsley February 17, 2015 at 9:46 am

Very sorry a Hostages tv show was cancelled. Great show I really enjoyed.


Susan December 2, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Please renew!!!!!


kctobyjoe December 3, 2014 at 10:04 am

STALKER on CBS at 10 PM (?) is a GREAT Show with MdDemott (SP?)
MAYBE even *better* than hostages was.
REMEMBER… _HOSTAGES_ WAS RESOLVED in the final episode; watch it on CBS on demand again.



kctobyjoe November 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

I find most of the coments kind of STRANGE. The writers for _HOSTAGES_ KNEW the season was a one and done deal. The last episode which I still have saved on my DVR wrapped up the entire storyline. WERE _Hostages_ to be renewed it would need an entirely differnt storyline and I find that near impossible. Watch _STALKER_ with Mc Dermott; he is the bomb as an actor as far as I am am concerned…once again *something* to watch…adult (drama) show Wed nites!


Anonymous November 26, 2014 at 4:29 am



Vareen OKeefe November 23, 2014 at 7:58 pm

This was an awesome show! Bring it back!!!


Jaxsen November 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Hostages should not have been canceled. Hostages was a action packed television show that had good ratings. There is no good reason why it was canceled.


Katie November 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I actually really like that it was a one season show. If they tried to carry it further, it really would have gotten ridiculous or stale. It’s best left as it is.


Matt November 3, 2014 at 6:27 am

I want a season 2 hostages its such a great show.


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