February 19, 2013 6:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Deception's' Tate Donovan Joins CBS' 'Hostages'
CBS has found Toni Collette a husband.
Deception's Tate Donovan has joined the network's conspiracy drama Hostages, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The pilot follows Ellen (United States of Tara's Collette), a Washington, D.C., surgeon who is thrown into a political conspiracy after being chosen to operate on the president of the United States. Her family is taken hostage, and it's her responsibility to save their lives.
Donovan, who currently co-stars on NBC's midseason drama Deception, will play Brian Sanders, Ellen's husband. Brian is a former Ivy League athlete who is covering up the fact that his real-estate career is in trouble and he's falling into debt. He's keeping up appearances but relying on Ellen to help keep the family afloat. Although he is at first defiant of the hostage-takers, a secret is soon revealed that forces his cooperation.
He joins a cast that also includes American Horror Story alum Dylan McDermott, who will play an FBI agent at the center of the conspiracy.
The drama, written by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow), is based on an Israeli format by Alon Aranya, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir that was never produced. Nachmanoff will direct the pilot and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television effort alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Shamir and Sharir. KristieAnne Reed will co-exec produce alongside Aranya. Sandrine Holt, Mateus Ward and Quinn Shephard co-star.
For Donovan, the role is in second position to NBC's Deception, which has struggled out of the gate for NBC, most recently drawing 3.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 in the key adults 18-49 demographic on Mondays at 10 p.m. Repped by Gersh, his credits also include Argo, Damages and The O.C.