Hostages is an American mystery drama/thriller television series based on a similar Israeli series created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir and developed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff in which the family of a doctor is taken hostage by a team led by a rogue FBI agent and is ordered by the kidnappers to assassinate the President during surgery in order to save her family.
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.
Hostages originally aired in South Africa on M-Net, premiering on Tuesday 8 October 2013, at 20h00. It moved to Tuesdays at 20h30 from Episode 9, which aired on Tuesday 3 December, and ended with a double bill on 14 January, 2014.
Season 1 initially aired on SABC3 on Tuesdays at 21h30. The final episode aired at 22h00.