Collette is Dr. Ellen Sanders, a doctor who has been tapped to perform what's supposed to be a fairly rudimentary surgical procedure on the President of the United States (James Naughton). Yet when a group of men invade her home -- taking her husband (Tate Donovan) and kids hostage -- she's faced with a no-win choice: Participate in a conspiracy to ensure that the president dies on the operating table, or risk having her family harmed.
Created by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, "Hostages" has a polished feel to it, and the limited-series approach certainly makes the prospect of committing to the show more palatable, inasmuch as it won't be able to explain away its central predicament forever. (Then again, if the ratings are good, one suspects CBS will find a way to perpetuate the franchise, even if that means locking everyone up under a large glass dome.)
While the serialized nature of the premise is slightly outside CBS' procedural-heavy wheelhouse, the network is banking on the show to pick up where "Hawaii Five-O" left off. And if enough people sample the prototype -- no slam dunk given the competition -- there's a pretty good incentive to hang around at least a little longer, if only to get a firmer feel on where this might be heading, with family secrets and strained relationships clearly on the soapy menu to hold at least some viewers hostage.
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