New Series Showdown: Hostages vs. The Blacklist

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Upfront Week has come, gone and left millions of dazed TV Fanatics in its wake.

With a slew of new programs headed to your television this fall - from dramas to sitcoms, superheroes to hostage takers - it can be confusing to decide where your priorities lie. So let's take a look at some of the more intriguing head-to-head battles, shall we?

In this first new show-down of the 2013-2014 schedule, we focus on Monday nights at 10.

CBS will air Hostages (TRAILER), a drama that stars Toni Collette as a surgeon who is taken hostage by Dylan McDermott's traitorous FBI agent and given an impossible choice on the eve of a major procedure.

NBC will counter with The Blacklist, in which James Spader plays a bad guy who works with the good guys to capture an even worse bad guy (TRAILER).

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I agree that The Blacklist will last longer, but I think Hostages will work out if they find a way to expand beyond the whole family getting kidnapped premise.


I don't think I can watch James Spader in anything after "Boston Legal". I will always be looking for Denny Crane to smoke cigars with him.

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The cast of Hostages is just great! I really like them and the story looks pretty intense. The story remembers me a bit like the Johnny Depp movie where they take his child and force him to kill some Important women. So I like it. Dylan McDermott and Toni! But the issue is is there a longterm story to follow?


The Blacklist seems a bit too glitzy with a hammy villain and an expressionless female lead--perfect for the USA Network but it's big brother, NBC? Still, by comparison I think it will last longer than Hostages. Unless the CBS show intends to change its cast every season, I don't see the premise remaining interesting for multiple seasons or episodes.