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.

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.


What do you think? Do you like the sound of the Hostages TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?

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  1. I am going to take you hostage OH NOOO! says

    I think the show is amazing. I don’t really care what people have to say about my opinion. But what I will say is that the dog getting “killed” (which it wasn’t) Isn’t REAL, if some dumb ass really wants to complain about animal cruelty, then why don’t you go to the ******* animal shelter and adopt all the little abused doggies? Will you? I don’t think so. And another thing, if this gives ideas to other people about taking families hostage, why in the hell would you care? Oh, because you are afraid someone is going to take you hostage? Or hurt your family? Let me tell you something, parents worry, but paranoia is another thing.

    Jesus…some people just aren’t happy unless they are bitching about something. You ******* people need to get a life. And stop worrying about some TV show.

  2. Gigi says

    I love this show and so do my friends—— I record it and blacklist and like Hostages better. Why do they always put mystery shows against each other??? All 3. Networks have great shows on t 10:00!!!! Dumb.

  3. Nikki says

    Really like this show. It is in a tough spot going up against Blacklist ( and Castle I suppose) Give it some time. I just got a coworker into the show last week. We both watch one and turbo the other

  4. says

    Give it a chance. I like the show. Terrific actors. Good story line hope they don’t cancel it. I agree,about the dog killing but it is pretend. Good grief

    • says

      Ican’t believe how anyone could like the premiss of this show there is no reason for this show except to give hostage takers ideas and ruin Monday nite television .GET IT OFF THE AIR NOW!

      • rr says

        agree with you completely Richard. What poor taste the whole thing is. I looked on line hoping it was cancelled when I saw Lucky 7 was. I am tired of the violence and ideas being able to be given to sickos.

    • Anonymous says

      The dog was NOT killed.. they showed that later in the first episode and the dog was also in the last episode. jeeze.

  5. says

    Good grief people this is make believe. It’s a well acted and good show. I hope they don’t cancel it. I agree the dog killing was wrong. Give it a chance.

      • rr says

        I will not watch any show that feels the need, fictional or not, to demonstrate the killing of animals. However, I gave this trash enough of a chance to see that the pup was “only” drugged and not killed. This is an outrageous premise in general and in the poorest of taste. How many years can the family be held hostage? Will the story line evolve so that the hostage takers will become like family and we’ll have a special Christmas episode? I must be getting old. I’d rather watch a rerun of Bob Newhart or Sonny and Cher!

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  7. says

    With the way the world is going today ,THIS IS A REALLY BAD IDEA FOR A SHOW!
    How could CBS do this? To have great comedy followed by a stupid idea for a show really makes Monday nite TV a bumber.The adds really really made my tv watching depressing and I hope the show gets removed ASAP!

  8. Tran says

    HOSTAGES is about 90% disappointment. Hope it’s going to get through 15 episodes and after that it’s O-V-E-R. Dylan McDermott’s character is always two dimensional for his role as Duncan Carlisle.


    I don’t really see where this can go from here? What’s the premise? They keep the family hostage and her keep killing other people too? And they can’t let them go especially if kids are involved – they will talk – to someone – eventually without fail. And do you really think any of them could act naturally after something like that? Seriously? I’ll watch to see what goes on before I make a final judgment but I don’t how it can get any traction if it starts with this – even if they do ‘pre-kidnapping’ whatever scenario ….

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