5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Hostages

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Toni Collette as Dr. Ellen Sanders in Hostages

Why is no one watching this show?  It’s a simple question that I can’t really find a simple answer to and now, it’s beginning to bug me.  Here we have a really good show (and by really good, I mean, REALLY GOOD) that is now finding itself on the dreaded ‘cancellation short list’ due to exceedingly terrible ratings.  Yes, this will be biased.  I love this show and don’t want to loose it!

So, here, I try to convince to watch and why you should watch!

1: It’s got Toni Collette in it.  We love our Toni Collette right?!  And she’s good in this.  It might not be as awesome as her performance in The United States of Tara (I’m still smarting over the loss of that show!) but as a mother who is finding herself having to make the ultimate decision – kill the president of the USA or let your family die, she really is shining.  Here she gets to show a ‘do anything to survive’ determination and her don’t-mess-with-me look to the camera at the close of the pilot episode left me hanging for more!  Also, Tate Donovan plays her husband.  I have fond memories of Tate when he popped up in Friends playing Rachel’s boyfriend Joshua (not Josh) and it’s great to see him on screen again!

2: Kill the president of the USA or your family dies.  This is the premise of the show and it has you on the edge of your seat screaming “Why don’t you just kill him!” but then of course, if she did, there’d be no show and we’d be watching Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott stand around doing nothing.  Let’s also add the fact that Duncan (who is holding the Sanders family hostage) is an FBI agent who finds himself working with the secret service while being a doting father and loving husband!

3: There’s a lot of lying in this show.  Like a lot.  Duncan’s assistants are lying to each other and the Sanders family, who seem like the perfect family unit, are actually heavily flawed and lying to each other.  Between Ellen’s husband Brian having an affair with the slutty secretary to knocked up teenage daughter Morgan to drug dealing son Jake, we are left thinking what is Ellen’s flaw and when will it show it’s ugly green head.

4: Hostages has been created in a short-season format.  Season one has been set to play out over only 15 episodes so there’s no messing around and stretching out of this plot-line.  This format was possibly done to counteract the immense popularity of cable shows using the same format (The Walking Dead, Nurse Jackie, Homeland etc) which has been highly successful.

5: It really is must-see TV.  There’s no stand alone episodes, making sure you stay invested in the show and series as a whole.  Will plans to escape go awry?  Why is Duncan wanting the president dead?  What part does his wife play in all of this?  Will Ellen kill the president of the USA?  There are so many questions needing answers that waiting for the next episode is killer.

That said, just watch it!

Hostages airs 8:30pm Wednesdays on Channel 9 with back episodes available online via Catchup on 9 and CBS via DirecTV

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Murder She Wrote….Again.

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Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer. (Dove Shore/Contour by Getty Images)

Looks like the 80’s classic Murder She Wrote could be coming back to our screens in a ‘re-boot’ thanks to American network NBC.  It’s been announced that they are currently considering bringing back the iconic murder mystery series with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer stepping into the role previously played by Angela Lansbury.

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Angela Lansbury

NBC have confirmed they have ordered a pilot episode which will see Spencer play an amateur detective in the re-boot produced by Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari, with Cunningham writing the pilot.  The original series ran for 12 seasons from 1984 to 1996, spawned several stand alone TV movies and was basically required household viewing.

Deadline, who first broke the news, have described this re-boot as “a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel”.    They also noted that Angela Lansbury has been approached to be a part of the new series.

This re-boot would follow other classic shows that have been brought back to life (some fairing not so well) including Hawaii five-0, Melrose Place, Dallas and Beverly Hills 90210.

The original series of Murder She Wrote revolved around Jessica Fletcher, a retired English teacher turned successful mystery writer living in the small town of Cabot Cove.  It’s here she becomes an amateur sleuth working with the local law enforcement to help solve the numerous crimes (most always murder) that would occur.  Funnily enough, murder occurred with such regularity in Jessica Fletcher’s vicinity that the term “Cabot Cove syndrome” was coined to describe the constant appearance of dead bodies in remote locations.  A 2012 study of all episodes found that Cabot Cove had a murder rate of 1,490 per million, more than 50 percent higher than Honduras, which has the real world’s highest murder rate !

It will be interesting to see how NBC and Octavia Spencer go with the re-boot.  For me, there is only, and will only ever be one Jessica Fletcher!