By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor
I had such high hopes for CBS’ Hostages as a big fan of Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette – and yes I even like Jerry Bruckheimer. But this show was a disappointment from the first episode. It also had the misfortune of being opposite NBC’s very well promoted The Blacklist – and add to the mix that Blacklist is better and you see the writing on the wall for Hostages.
I would love to know how they planned to take the show beyond the 15 weeks anyway. I think that is part of the reason why I stay with it. But at this point, I just want to get to the end and see how they wrap up the storylines.
Honestly I was surprised at how boring the show was. It is as if the actors could not bring themselves to believe the crazy premise a family is being held hostage by a FBI Agent (McDermott) for two weeks until the doctor (Collette) can kill the president during a surgical procedure. I mean really putting a GPS tracker inside the back of your children? And then they surgically remove it themselves – only to be captured again. Oh that is an interesting storyline, but you really have to sell it and they don’t.
I can never stay focused for a full episode, literally having to rewind. Then I realize – why am I even trying – they don’t seem to be putting that much effort into it.
The second surprise is how CBS allowed NBC to run circles around them with marketing their dueling shows. Initially, I thought Blacklist was likely overhyped. It was everywhere, and every once in a while you would hear about Hostages. Then I saw Blacklist and wanted to see the entire season NOW on Netflix. A bit surprising, because frankly James Spader is a bit annoying to me. But his air of superiority fits the role perfectly. The Blacklist’s premise is even less believable than Hostages, but the performances sell it.
Perhaps as the number one broadcast network and with a popular and handsome leading man like McDermott, was a bit cocky. Add in the names of Bruckheimer and Collette, who is known for great performances, and I can see why the network never saw how badly the show would be trampled. But even after a rocky start, past the first week, it does not seem the network seem to consider the show DOA.
Read TheWrap’s prediction of five more shows that can expect to receive the pink slip. Is one of your favorite new shows on the list? Have you seen Hostages?