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. Teresa Hall says

    Yes to more Hostages! That is one of the very best shows that’s bee on in a long time. If they don’t bring it back it will be very disappointing. I hope they are listening!!

  2. George says

    After viewing the first two episodes, I did not care for the show. I kept watching though. It is a very suspenseful show. I have to say it is in my top three shows. I hope it is not cancelled.

  3. MJ says

    That finale was about as riveting as watching jello settle. Main female lead survives,. Check. Saves the President. Check. All evil-doers killed or brought to justice. Check. Family intact, saved. Check. Dog still kicking. Check. Absolutely no surprise, plot turns. Everything tied up a a neat little bow. I had hoped for something innovative. Plodding, predictable. Overall, fairly consistent for a series based on dull writing and an implausible that bored me to death. Oh well, so nothing changed down the stretch…

  4. Susan says


    Please do not can canel this show, it is the best show that I have watched in many years!!

    My 11yr old son and I watch this show every Sunday night, it is the only show on TV that he watches (no lie).


  5. loriann nash says

    Love the show, really hope it continues,not sure how they will incorporate the name of the show through out though?? Dylan McDermott is terrific as are the many in the cast.
    I hope we see more !!

  6. Rosemary says

    This show is Fantastic!!! All good actors and wonderful suspenseful story-line that keeps you on your toes and guessing. I think the FINALE was TERRIFIC

  7. L. Kunert says

    We both have enjoyed Hostage. It is very addictive. The characters are very good. Well written show for sure. Please keep it going.

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