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Fall TV: Our critic's take on 'Hostages,' 'Almost Human,' more new shows -- VIDEO

EW television critic Jeff Jensen calls Hostages on CBS a “compelling thriller” and has a theory he can’t wait to share about Karl Urban’s role in the new Fox show Almost Human.

Check out his take on these shows, plus The Blacklist starring James Spader, Anna Faris’ edgy comedy Mom, and more in the video below.
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Billy Brown compares his roles on 'Hostages' and 'Sons of Anarchy'

If you’re a fan of Billy Brown, who’ll continue to recur as August Marks on FX’s Sons of Anarchy while costarring as one of the captors in CBS’ new drama Hostages (which debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET), we have good news: His role on Hostages lasts longer than the one he had on Fox’s The Following last season (his FBI agent was killed off in episode 3).  “Yes, as far as I know, I’ll be around for the duration,” Brown says with a laugh.

On Hostages, Brown plays Archer, one of the four kidnappers (led by Dylan McDermott’s Duncan) who holds a surgeon (Toni Collette) and her family hostage the night before she is to operate on the president of the United States (James Naughton). If she makes sure the president dies, her family lives. How does this turn into a 15-episode series? As Collette told EW in our Fall TV preview issue, “It’s not about a family tied up on their couch. They continue to be monitored, but the captors are smart and they know that the family has to get back out into the world and continue to look normal.” Viewers will also learn about the secrets family members are keeping from one another as well as more about Duncan’s crew.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you compare Archer to August?
BILLY BROWN: They share some commonality of intensity in certain moments, but August is still learning to be disciplined and focused through all storms. Archer’s that guy. He’s got structure and discipline, and that’s having the background in the Army, and then moving into the Army Rangers and contract work outside of that life — all of which adds up to a guy who is highly organized and supremely motivated. So the intensity can be transferred to aggression, as well as to the more intellectual side. READ FULL STORY

Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

Fall TV critic's take: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Almost Human,' more picks

Wondering which new shows to check out as Fall TV premieres get under way over the next couple of weeks? EW TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen have the answers! Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring our critics’ takes on the upcoming TV season. Below, Maerz previews Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg; Hostages with Toni Collette; Almost Human with Karl Urban; and the hotly anticipated Joss Whedon collaboration Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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'Hostages' poster: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott gagged

This is one of the shows we’re most excited about for fall: CBS’ Hostages, which stars Toni Collette as a surgeon whose family is taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent (McDermott) who orders her to assassinate the President when she operates on him. The project is from super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer and is set to premiere Monday, Sept. 23.

Below is a first look at the show’s provocative marketing art, which has Collette and McDermott gagged by American flags. And under that, in case you’ve missed it, we added the show’s trailer. See the rest of CBS’ fall premiere dates here. READ FULL STORY

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