Exclusive Interview: HOSTAGES producers Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Rick Eid on their CBS series

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Burden of Truth" | ©2013 CBS/Jeff Neira

In CBS’s new series HOSTAGES, Mondays at 10 PM, Toni Collette plays noted surgeon Dr. Ellen Sanders, who is chosen to operate on the President of theUnited States (James Naughton). This is great news for Ellen, until she, her husband (Tate Donovan) and their adolescent son Jake (Mateus Sanders) and daughter Morgan (Quinn Taylor) are held captive in their own home by a small group led by renegade FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott).Duncan demands that Ellen let the president die during surgery – or her family will be killed. In the pilot episode, Ellen lets the president live, setting […]Read On »

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TV Review: HOSTAGES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli

Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, James Naughton Writers: Alon Aranya & Jeffrey Nachmanoff, original idea by Omri Givon Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Network: CBS, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 23, 2013 It’s not right to compare every serialized TV thriller series to 24, but HOSTAGES makes such an analogy tempting, particularly to the previous series’ first season. There is the central story element, with a doctor being blackmailed by a rogue FBI agent, there’s the pacing, there are the twists. There are also conflicted people with guns […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the CBS / The CW / SHOWTIME TCA Party

The Originals Cast - Charles Michael Davis, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Leah Pipes, Danielle Campbell and Phoebe Tonkin at the CBS/CW/Showtime Summer 2013 Television Critics Party | ©2013 Sue Schneider

On July 29th a big party was held by CBS/The CW/Showtime for the Television Critics Annual Summer Press Tour at The Event, which is actually the upper parking lot where the department store Robinson’s/May in Beverly Hills used to be. Taking pictures before heading inside it was quite a turnout of stars from the three networks of their new shows and returning shows of the three networks CBS, The CW and Showtime. I probably missed a few as I went in as soon as the cast from the CW new show THE ORIGINALS, a spin-off from THE VAMPIRE DAIRIES walked […]Read On »

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Breaking News: Why HAWAII 5-0 is moving to Friday Nights in the fall – TCA 2013

Alex O'Loughlin in HAWAII FIVE-0 - Season One - "Heihei" | © 2010 CBS/Neil Jacobs

After three seasons on Monday nights, CBS will be moving their hit series HAWAII 5-0 to Friday nights. At today’s CBS Summer TCA press tour, CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves offered his reasoning for the move. “We didn’t have a lot of space for new 10 o’clock dramas,” says Moonves. “We saw HOSTAGES and fell in love with it.  We said ‘that’s going to be very powerful.’  In addition, HAWAII 5-0 skews a little bit older.  So we figured with BLUE BLOODS doing extremely well, Friday night has become more a total viewer show than a demo […]Read On »

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Breaking News: HOSTAGES is a CBS experiment in shorter episode runs and a more serialized format – TCA 2013

HOSTAGES Season 1 poster art | ©2013 CBS

With the new CBS fall drama HOSTAGES, CBS is now embracing the concept of shortened episode runs and more serialized storytelling according to CBS Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. “HOSTAGES, more than anything else, is a very different kind of show,” says Moonves of the series a surgeon (Toni Collette) whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (Dylan McDermott). “We’ve generally avoided serialized shows in those shortened orders, although we watched with great interest at the success of, obviously, a 24. THE FOLLOWING did very well. So when the [Jerry] Bruckheimer people brought us […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the Jerry Bruckheimer Walk of Fame Star Ceremony

Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise at the Hollywood Walk of Fame | ©2013 Sue Schneider

Jerry Bruckheimer celebrated his 40-year career on June 24th by receiving the 2,501st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures. The Jerry Bruckheimer Walk of Fame star is located in front of the El Capitan Theatre, which was very fitting since THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series, and the soon to be released THE LONE RANGER and many other films were released by Disney. The ceremony was attended by many stars, from film and television, which included: Tom Cruise, Jerry O’Connell, Isla Fisher, Marg Helgenberge, Jon Voight, Rick Dees, Alan Horn (Chairman Disney), and […]Read On »

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