CBS has announced a 15 episode first season for their new drama 'Hostages'. The show is high-concept and stars two acclaimed actors in Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette. CBS doesn't generally do serialized dramas very often, but it looks like 'Hostages' is an exception on every front, including the fact that the first season will only be fifteen episodes.
The show centers around a 'renowned surgeon' [Toni Collette] who is given the job to operate on the actual president of the United States, but her family end up being taken hostage before the actual surgery. The man who takes her family hostage is Dylan McDermott, although the reasons for the kidnapping aren't clear.
When describing why she took the show, Collette revealed, "I think it's the brilliant writing. And a chance to play one character. [Laughs.] I just really loved the world. I loved that I didn't know what was happening, although I thought I did. I found it really exciting to read. It really was a page-turner. I couldn't put it down." McDermott also pitched in about his character, explaining, "He's not just a bad guy doing bad things. There's actually a very good reason he's doing what he's doing and it will be revealed."
'Hostages' will begin airing on CBS this fall at 10 PM on Mondays. The prime slot allocated for the show by the network shows that they have confidence in the show's ability to perform, ratings-wise.