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Hostages

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From executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean films, CSI series) and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Chicago Fire), and based upon an Israeli format, Hostages is a thrilling and suspenseful new 15-part one-hour series about a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. The show will premiere on Channel 4 in Week 3.

Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette), a top surgeon in Washington, D.C., has been called upon to operate on the President of the United States…and then kill him. Ellen is used to the pressures of the job, and it is her steady nature and hand that has elevated her career and made her the choice of President Kincaid (James Naughton). Yet when masked men invade the Sanders home the night before the operation and take Ellen hostage, along with her husband, Brian (Tate Donovan), and two children, threatening to harm them unless Ellen does as they ask, Ellen’s calm is rocked to the core. Her husband, hiding secrets of his own, is not much help.

Ellen will do anything to protect her family… as will Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott), a righteous FBI agent and hero who is at the center of a conspiracy involving the President. The chief hostage taker, Duncan will fight for his cause at any cost – even if it means putting another family at risk.

With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma. As tensions mount and she fights for time before suiting up for surgery, it becomes clear that the outwardly idyllic Sanders family isn’t as perfect as originally thought – nor are their captors as evil as one might suspect.

Stars Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense, Muriel’s Wedding), Tate Donovan (Argo, Damages, The O.C.), Rhys Coiro (Entourage, 24, Straw Dogs), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards, Underworld: Awakening, The L Word), Billy Brown (The Following, Sons of Anarchy, Dexter, Lights Out), Quinn Shephard (Unaccompanied Minors, Harrison’s Flowers), Mateus Ward (Lab Rats, NCIS, Weeds), Tony Award winner James Naughton (Gossip Girl, Factory Girl, The Devil Wears Prada) and Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story, The Practice, Dark Blue, In the Line of Fire).

Executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean films, CSI series) and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Chicago Fire). Hostages is also executive produced by Jonathan Littman (CSI series, The Amazing Race, Cold Case, Without a Trace), Rick Eid (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, Conviction, The Guardian), Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chaim Sharir, and co-executive produced by KristieAnne Reed (Dark Blue, Chase, The Whole Truth) and Alon Aranya.

Developed by Alon Aranya and Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the series is based upon the series Hostages produced for Israeli television by Chaim Sharir, created by Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir.

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