10 p.m. ET Monday, Sept. 23
CBS' taut drama "Hostages" feels more like a cable series than a network one. Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott set the pace for the tension-filled hour with excellent performances as, respectively, a surgeon set to operate on the president of the United States and a rogue FBI agent who, along with a team of accomplices, takes her family hostage. Her choice: Kill the president or they kill her family. It should be a no-brainer -- the fact that it's not is testament to how expertly constructed the pilot is.
-- Jacqueline Cutler, Zap2it