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Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program.

American Hostage is an 8-episode scripted psychological thriller from Criminal Content starring Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm and directed by Academy Award® winner Shawn Christensen.
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Based on a true story, American Hostage stars Jon Hamm as Fred Heckman, a beloved local radio reporter who is thrust into the middle of a life-or-death crisis when hostage-taker, Tony Kiritsis, demands to be interviewed on his popular radio news program. Mr. Kiritsis has tied a shotgun to his banker’s neck in grim fashion, but through Heckman's radio show he gradually becomes a polarizing national media sensation during a nail biting 63-hour standoff.American Hostage is an 8-episode scripted psychological thriller from Criminal Content, starring Emmy Award-winner Jon Hamm and directed by Academy Award® winner Shawn Christensen.WEBSITE: criminalcontent.comYOUTUBE: youtube.com/@criminalcontent
In the series Premiere, local news reporter Fred Heckman's life is turned upside down when he receives an unexpected call from a listener.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD CarpenterSponsor: RitualEssential for Men Multivitaminhttps://ritual.sjv.io/1rJmvB
Tony and Fred’s negotiations heat up as WIBC and Indianapolis detectives contemplate the ramifications of letting a hostage-taker air his personal grievances live on the radio.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenter
As authorities surround Tony's apartment, Heckman continues to chip away at Tony and slowly inch toward his heart.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenter
The FBI sends in their newest profiler to help Fred prepare for the most dangerous on-air interview of his life.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenter
Fred goes live on the air with Tony, knowing that with one wrong word... the gun goes off.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenter
As the public joins the airwaves to sound off on Tony and the hostage crisis, local authorities send in SWAT, setting Tony off, and putting everyone's life at risk.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenter
Tony pressures the tyrannical banking system to issue him an apology letter to read at the press conference, as Fred mentally prepares to meet Tony in person... on national television.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenterztrww9XJGk9ZaM7zRos8
In the season finale of American Hostage, Tony pulls Fred in closer, as the TV cameras record his last hope for retribution.Starring: Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, Dylan Baker, Carla Gugino and Becky Ann BakerDirected by: Shawn ChristensenWritten by: CD Carpenter
What happened to the real Tony Kiritsis after the hostage crisis? Did he and Fred Heckman ever meet again? Plus, what drew Jon Hamm to step into this world and play Fred Heckman? In this special bonus episode, join us for a roundtable discussion about the making of American Hostage, featuring Jon Hamm, Joe Perrino, director Shawn Christensen, writer CD Carpenter, and moderator G.G. Hawkins.
In this special Killer Psyche and American Hostage crossover episode, former FBI agent and criminal profiler Candice DeLong digs into the twisted mind of the real-life Tony Kiritsis. Candice surfaces new details from Tony's past, revealing who he was before this crime and what drove him to kidnap Richard Hall, strap a gun to the back of his head, and hold him hostage for 63 hours.
Episode 1: Prologue: Diving Down The Rabbit Hole of the JFK AssassinationMatt Crumpton decides to embark on a monumental journey... to explore and dissect the seemingly endless claims, theories, and conflicting witness accounts surrounding the John F Kennedy assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald.Check out Solving JFK wherever you listen to podcats and listen to it here.Additional Links:Website - https://www.solvingjfkpodcast.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/solvingjfk Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/solvingjfk Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/solvingjfkpodcast Tik Tok - https://www.tiktok.com/@solvingjfk Transcripts and Sources - https://www.solvingjfkpodcast.com
Comments (17)

Wilson Palacios

very good podcast. this guy tonny is awesome, excellent actor

Jan 16th
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Tim Fitzsimons

I gave up about the 5th episode. got sick of the ranting idiot going on and on

Jun 7th
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Fleetwood McDuecen25

Really very little content. All ad's , summary and recaps. Weak. Don't waste your time people.

May 18th
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Bella Ring

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

May 11th
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Dave C

Great podcast. We need more like this. Very compelling indeed.

May 9th
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agenamarie1221

I enjoyed this a lot.

Apr 21st
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Julie Pennington

I live 10 minutes from where this happened. Although I was very young at the time, I do remember my parents being glued to the TV and all of the craziness surrounding this. Great podcast. It really brings back memories!

Apr 20th
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L S

He's so funny, what a hero!

Apr 6th
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Six String Disco

It would be easier to feel more involved if the episodes were longer. Most of them (after ads and titles) last around 15 mins.

Mar 29th
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DANY[D]GOD

I don't know its not quite what it was in the ads

Mar 27th
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Wonderdov

I remember when this happened. it was unbelievable.

Mar 20th
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I can't believe this is a real story! Tony Kiritsis is a folk hero!

Mar 19th
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Mark McCulloh

so far this is a very good podcast. well produced

Mar 18th
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