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Hostages (TV series)

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  • Drama
  • Suspense
Based on Bnei Aruba 
by Omri Givon
Rotem Shamir
Developed by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 15 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Omri Givon
  • Rotem Shamir
  • Chaim Sharir
  • Jeffrey Nachmanoff
  • Reid Eid
  • Jonathan Littman
  • Jerry Bruckheimer
Producer(s) Scott White
Running time 40 to 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i 16:9 (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 23, 2013 (2013-09-23) – January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06)
Related shows Hostages
External links
Official website

Hostages is an American drama television series that aired on CBS as part of the 2013–14 American television season.[1][2][3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

On May 10, 2014, CBS announced the cancellation of Hostages after one season.[6]


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. Later in the season, he and Ellen find an intimate spark for each other.
  • Tate Donovan as Brian Sanders, husband of Ellen Sanders and the owner of a real estate firm within 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 taskforce tasked with investigating the threat on the presidents life. He is killed by Logan on the way to try and negioate immunity for Quentin. His death is staged as a highway stick robbery.
  • Jim True-Frost as Secret Service Agent Logan, inside man within the Secret Service who works for the organisation that is trying to have the president assassinated
  • Brian White as Colonel Thomas Blair, Marine and current NSA director. He is the head of the organization that is trying to have the president killed
  • Joanne Kelly as Vanessa Moore, sister of Mary Kincaid. Her belief that her brother died at the hands of Paul Kincaid fuels her desire to have the president killed.
  • Jeremy Bobb as Quentin Creasy, Chief of Staff within the Kincaid administration and a co-conspirator. He is poisoned by Vanessa for trying to reveal the plot to Hoffman
  • 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. He is shot by Sandrine after he breaks into the house thinking Morgan is being abused by her father.
  • Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as First Lady Mary Kincaid, wife of President Paul Kincaid
  • Francie Swift as Nina Carlisle, Duncan's sick wife, later revealed to be the President's daughter, as well.

International broadcasts

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 France on Canal+, in Portugal on RTP2, in Austria on ORF 1, in Belgium on één and in Spain on Antena 3.


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The series received generally mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 56% of 39 reviews were positive, with the consensus: 'Hostages has an intriguing premise and handsome production values, but its twisty plot sometimes strains credulity.'[7] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the show 4 out of 5 stars.[8] Robert Bianco of USA Today awarded it 3 out of 4 stars.[9]

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominee Result
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite New Television Drama Hostages Nominated[10]

Locations recorded

A list of filming locations:


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  2. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2013). "Fall TV Scoop: CBS Picks Up Six Series, Including Sarah Michelle Gellar's Crazy Comedy, Josh Holloway's Intelligence and Chuck Lorre's Mom". TVLine. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2013). "CBS Orders Chuck Lorre's 'Mom,' Robin Williams' 'Crazy Ones,' Will Arnett Comedy, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 17, 2013). "CBS Orders Jerry Bruckheimer-Produced 'Hostages' To Pilot, Toni Collette To Star". Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Byrne, Craig (June 17, 2013). "CBS Announces Fall 2013 Premiere Dates". KSiteTV. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Swift, Andy (May 10, 2014). "CBS Cancels The Crazy Ones, Intelligence, Friends With Better Lives and Two Other Series". TVLine. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hostages: Season 1 Reviews". Flixster. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "'Hostages': TV review". The New York Daily News. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "'Blacklist,' 'Hostages' each have suspenseful charms". USA Today. September 22, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "People's Choice Awards (2014)". IMDb. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Hostages - filming". Retrieved October 13, 2013. 

External links

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