‘Hostages’ and Other Premieres Launch Fall TV

The Season Officially Begins

Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott/Hostages

The Fall 2013 television season proper kicks off (at last) with the premiere of three new scripted series tonight, Monday, September 23. CBS offers viewers a new crime drama and sitcom, and NBC presents a rookie crime drama of its own, too.

First up alphabetically speaking is the CBS newcomer Hostages, which bows at 10:01pm ET. Former United States of Tara star Toni Collette heads the cast as Dr. Ellen Sanders, a leading surgeon selected to operate on the President of the United States. That’s nice, prestigious work if you can get it, but unfortunately for the doctor, not everyone wants Mr. President to survive. Chief among the ill-wishers is FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott, American Horror Story), a man with obvious severe personal issues who kidnaps Ellen’s entire family in order to persuade her to kill the POTUS during her high-profile medical gig. It will be interesting to see how the show intends to stretch that premise out over an entire season. Additional cast members like Tate Donovan (Damages), Rhys Coiro (Entourage), and Kate Burton (Sccandal) should help keep the momentum going, though.

Also debuting on CBS at 9:30pm is the dysfunctional family sitcom Mom from Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory, and Mike & Molly writer and executive producer Chuck Lorre. Anna Faris (Entourage) stars as recently recovered alcoholic Christy, an unmarried mother of two. Her already challenging life is further complicated when her own mother Bonnie (Allison Janney, The West Wing), a fellow alcoholic with an abrasive personality, shows up. Other cast members include Nate Corddry (Harry’s Law), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), and French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun). Faris and Janney each have a whole lotta talent, so both of them together makes this comedy seem quite promising.

Over on NBC, James Spader (Boston Legal) headlines the new 10:01pm crime thriller The Blacklist as elusive criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington. When Red saunters into the FBI one day to give himself up and offer his considerable crook-catching services, no one is more surprised than rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone of Law & Order: Los Angeles), the only agent Red will collaborate with directly. Many twists, turns, and shocking moments ensue as the FBI teams up with a prominent criminal to scratch names off his so-called “blacklist” of law-breaking individuals one by one. Sounds like a fun ride waiting to happen.

Returning Series on September 23 to Catch: CBS sitcoms How I Met Your Mother (Season Nine, the final run) and 2 Broke Girls (Season Three) are back at 8pm and 9pm, respectively; Emmy-winning NBC reality competition The Voice (Season Five) premieres at 8pm; and ABC fan favorite Castle (Season Six) returns at 10:01pm.

Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott/Hostages photo courtesy of Nicole Rivelli/CBS

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