‘Hostages’ not set to be fall’s breakout series

It’s still up in the air whether CBS’ new drama, “Hostages,” will be a success.

The night before she’s supposed to operate on the president, a top surgeon (Collette) and her family are taken hostage with one demand: If the president survives, they won’t.

An interestingly intense movie stretched out over 15 weeks. The positives: “Hostages” boasts a stellar cast and characters with varying degrees of sympathy on both sides of the guns. The negatives: It shares the central dilemma of the premiere of last fall’s “The Mob Doctor,” and it’s a pretty claustrophobic setting for an ongoing series, even one that’s built to last for just 15 episodes.

What: “Hostages”

When: 10 p.m. Sept. 23, KLAS-TV, Channel 8

Who’s in it: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan

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