Described as a political thriller and a family drama, Hostages stars Toni Collette as a doctor whose family is taken hostage by Dylan McDermott, who orders her to kill the president while operating on him, or he'll kill her family. As if she weren't under enough pressure, having to operate on the President of the United States, now she has to worry about her family being held at gunpoint while she decides if she's going to break her oath and intentionally kill a man who also happens to be the president. "High-octane suspense drama" sounds about right.
Here's CBS' description for the series, which comes from Jerry Bruckheimer and is set to take over Hawaii Five-0's old spot on Monday nights this fall.
HOSTAGES, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a high-octane suspense drama starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President (James Naughton) when she operates on him. His 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 her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard) and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward). In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Rick Eid, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television.
There are multiple reasons why this one could work. First, the cast: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott and Tate Donovan? That's a great trio of actors. Added to that, the crisis Collette's character is facing adds some obvious suspense, but then there's the added layer issues her family is dealing with, which may factor in to this hostage situation, and McDermott's motives and background, which don't appear to be as cut-and-dry in terms of casting him as the villain of this story. There's more to this puzzle, that's for sure.
CBS has Hostages set to air Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET starting this fall. View CBS' full 2013-2014 line-up here.