Dylan McDermott Confirms 'Intimate' Hostages Twist -- Plus: Another Horror Story In His Future?

Hostages Preview Duncan Ellen KissIt’s every family’s nightmare when a wacky relative drops by unannounced. But tonight on Hostages (CBS, 10/9c), that scenario is kicked up a notch, given that the Sanders home is currently under siege. Dylan McDermott previewed for TVLine the intense (but funny-ish!) sister act ahead, as well as teased a shockingly “intimate” encounter to come, between captor and captive. Plus: Is there another Horror Story in the actor’s future?

TVLINE | When you were first pitched the show, did they tell you off the bat that Duncan was also an elite FBI agent, that he had this sick wife…? Or was that revealed to you as you read the pilot?
They gave me the bullet points for the whole season and I just thought it was a fascinating concept for a different type of network show. I knew it was a risk going into it, because it’s not your normal fare in terms of what most TV looks like.

TVLINE | Talk about this week’s episode — Ellen’s sister (played by Tony winner Nina Arianda) drops by unannounced?
Oh yeah – and it’s fun. I saw Venus in Fur on Broadway and I thought Nina was so great, so when she got the part I was so excited to work with her. It’s a funnier episode this week just because she’s funny, as the kooky sister arrives in the middle of this war zone. And [Duncan has] the backstory on everybody — I know full well that the sister is not psychologically sound — Sister’s Keeperso when she arrives I’m like, “Oh s–t, she has got to go.” But she’s kooky, she wants to talk, hang out…

TVLINE | But maybe her kookiness will work in Duncan’s favor…?
Yeah, yeah. The first time I see her, I draw my gun on her, so we start there. [Laughs] She doesn’t know what to make of me.

TVLINE | That’s one of the things I enjoy about this show, that they’ll take something as mundane as the uninvited guest and reinterpret it via this high-stakes machine….
I like that aspect of the show, too. Obviously things are getting more and more intense each week because we’re running out of time. We’re [in production] on Episode 11, so it all has to go down in these next four episodes [we shoot].

TVLINE | Archer has been arrested, so Duncan is now down a man. Will that present logistical issues for his operation?
It certainly does. But I will tell you that I put him in [jail] for a reason. Duncan is very calculating, so he knows exactly what he has to do to get this job done. He’s always two steps ahead of everybody else.

TVLINE | And Kramer, he’s the most compassionate toward the Sanders family. Will that make him a liability?
In my head we’re all characters in The Godfather, so we have to figure out who’s who – and if I’m Michael, he would have to be Fredo.
Sister’s KeeperTVLINE | It has to be hard roaring at Toni Collette every week. Will Duncan and Ellen ever have quieter, more conversational moments?
Actually, we just did an episode, I think it was Episode 10, where we had some really, really intimate moments together, where we were just talking, getting a little more personal and getting in there….

TVLINE | OK, because in the sizzle reel shown at the May Upfronts, there was a quick cut to a Duncan/Ellen embrace. Did that tease go on to become a real moment?
Funny you ask, because we just finished shooting it. That’s going down for sure, oh yeah. I’ve always thought Stockholm Syndrome was interesting, the relationship that people taken hostage can develop with their captors. They start needing each other in some strange way, and I think that’s what happens here in many respects.

TVLINE | At the end of the season’s 15th and final episode, will we be done with this story, with these characters?
I really don’t know where we go from here. I think it’s a great story and it feels like the people who do watch it are really into it they love it. It’s not a procedural show, so people are a little afraid of the fact, “Oh, can I not jump in if I haven’t seen an episode?” With Hostages you do have to pay attention, but you can just turn it on, too. If you watch just one episode, you will get a thrill ride.

TVLINE | Speaking of short-season, closed-ended series, are there any plans for you to go for the trifecta and pop up on American Horror Story: Coven?
I start a movie called Survivor in January, with Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett, but Ryan [Murphy] wants me to come back, and I want to come back. So we just have to figure out the scheduling. To me, [doing American Horror Story] is always like going home.

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17 Comments
  1. Sarah says:

    Doing a film with with Angela Bassett? Great, then you can figure out the scheduals together and you both can return next season!

  2. Alex says:

    I really like Hostages. Best new show of the season! Too bad more people aren’t watching, but I’ll be satisfied just to see the resolution of this year’s story.

  3. Tony says:

    Love this show! (We do a TV Talk show all about it every week, where we have a blast discussing the latest episode, conspiracies, etc! Join us at tvtalk.com, it’s a ton of fun.) I’m hoping the ratings go up, so we can get a second season – the acting on the show is so good – Collette and McDermott are terrific together!

  4. Joey says:

    Please do not come back to AHS unless you can start doing emotional scenes better. Watching you attempt to act on-par with Connie Britton (who was amazing, as expected) was painful.

  5. Guest says:

    Yes Dylan needs to come back to AHS!!!! Each character has been amazing and he is so sexy!!!!!!

  6. Fernando says:

    I hope Kathy and Angela stay esp. Bc Jessica is leaving after season 4. Evan, Sarah, and Lily will need some help.

  7. michelle says:

    Hostages is really good. I hope more people get involved & watch it. Great performances.

  8. N0S4AT2 says:

    love Hostages! I wish there wer more people watching. this show is truly a gem – suspensful, great acting, good plot (so far :)

  9. Kathy says:

    Totally unbelievable esp the intimate scene to come. If she kisses him or more she is an idiot. No one falls for someone that does what he does to her family. Stupid show. Cant believe how dumb it is every wk

    • Jen Checki says:

      You can’t believe how dumb it is “every week”? Why are you watching it if you think it is not good? As for your “no one falls or someone who does what he does to her family” that is just untrue. Stockholm Syndrome is very real, and many captives come to love their captors. It is a survival mechanism, so it is actually more likely than not that someone in Ellen’s position would come to have strong feelings for the person in Duncan’s position…

  10. Michelle H says:

    I found real talent when I fell into Hostages a few weeks ago. Dylan McDermott is incredible and after a little research seems happiest with his girls which makes him an even bigger breath of fresh air. Thank you.

  11. Georgann Hall says:

    Love hostages!

  12. bern says:

    Love hostages.