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 one-hour series about a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever.
Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) stars as Ellen Sanders, a top surgeon in Washington, D.C., who has been tapped to operate on the President of the United States...and then kill him. Ellen is used to the pressures of her work and it is her steady nature and hand that has elevated her career and made her the President's choice. When masked men invade the Sanders home the night before the operation and take Ellen, her husband (Tate Donovan - Argo) and two children hostage, threatening to harm them unless Ellen does as they ask, Ellen's calm is rocked to the core - and her husband, hiding secrets of his own, is not much help. Ellen will do anything to protect her family...as will Duncan Carlisle (Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Dylan McDermott - American Horror Story, The Practice). A righteous FBI agent and hero, Duncan is at the centre of a conspiracy involving the President and will fight for his cause at any cost -- even if it means putting another family at risk. As tensions mount and Ellen 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.