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Charisma Carpenter Aims To Inspire With 'Surviving Evil'

September 4th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Surviving Evil
Charisma Carpenter has found her place in pop culture with her roles on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Supernatural. Now she's reaching audiences in a new way, as the host of the Investigation Discovery series Surviving Evil, which details the stories of people who have endured horrible things - including Charisma herself. She sat down with BFTV last week to discuss her aims with the series and what it was like to put her own story on the air.

"I think what is impressive about every episode is that the people survive the things that you'll see in the next few episodes," she told us. "...
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Charisma Carpenter opens up about rape ordeal in TV drama

August 29th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Charisma Carpenter
Former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter has relived her 1991 attack at the hands of a former police officer for her new TV series, in which real-life victims re-enact their creepy, near-death experiences.

The actress is the host of new show Surviving Evil, and her own drama featured on the very first episode which aired in America on Wednesday night (28Aug13).

Carpenter says, "I survived evil by thinking on my feet. I held onto a key piece of evidence, which happened to be a police-issued flashlight that had Henry Hubbard's name on it and in that case it was the connection...
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Where Are They Now: Charisma Carpenter, AKA Cordelia From 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'

March 22nd, 2013 9:03pm EDT
Charisma Carpenter
You probably remember Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but did you know she was named after a perfume? Catch up with Charisma with some of the latest photos and fun facts on the following pages.

Charisma was born July 23, 1970, in Las Vegas. Her mom named her after the Avon perfume, which debuted in 1968. At a young age she performed in dance troupes.

After high school, Carpenter traveled Europe and settled in San Diego. There she worked as a cheerleader for the San Diego Chargers. In 1991, Carpenter and some of her friends were attacke...
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Charisma Carpenter On Tonight's 'The Lying Game' Finale And Her Versatile Career

March 12th, 2013 11:20am EDT
Charisma Carpenter
"There will be a couple of confrontations," said Charisma Carpenter, teasing tonight's The Lying Game spring finale in a recent conversation with BFTV. "Not everybody knows about the twins; almost everybody does. Obviously, there's a big rift now between Dan and Ethan because of him not being honest with Dan about what he knew. Somebody's either dead or alive."

The hit ABC Family series is based on the book series by Sara Shepard, but the actress revealed she hasn't relied on those to build her character, Rebecca Sewell, whose capacity for deviousness means that even her husband Alec Rybak...
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'Supernatural' Recap: War of Witches Scorned

October 23rd, 2011 8:00am EDT
marsters and carpenter
Last week’s episode left me unfulfilled as Dean hadn't shared his secret, and instead chose to try to bury his head in the sand and his liver in alcohol. Luckily, for my sanity, “Shut Up, Dr. Phil” was lighthearted and unexpectedly charming, thanks sci-fi staples and “Angel” alums James Marsters (“Hawaii Five-0”) and Charisma Carpenter (“Burn Notice,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”).

The murder of Wendy Goodson, real estate agent, opened the episode. She reassured her client that selling the family home would punish her husband for his infidelities. For Wendy, who had indiscretions of he...
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'Burn Notice' 5.11 'Better Halves' Review

September 1st, 2011 10:02pm EDT
Burn Notice
Tonight's episode was the last Burn Notice before the summer finale. With momentum to build, the show gave us...the tired premise of a show's two leads going undercover as a married couple? It's above average, but you'd be forgiven for any deja vu.

We've seen this before. The X-Files did it well. Nikita didn't do it so well. I'm sure there are others I'm not currently thinking of. In the versions I've seen, it's a way to make commentary on the real relationship (or lack thereof) between the two characters via the fake one - and it usually comes off far too obvious for my taste. Bu...
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What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

August 25th, 2008 9:17am EDT
How I Met Your Mother
Monday, Aug 25

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Before "The Bro Code" comes to a bookstore near you, check out its origins as Barney struggles to find a loophole after sleeping with his bro's ex-girlfriend.

The Closer (TNT, 9 p.m.) - Kevin Bacon directs his missus in tonight's episode.

The Hills (MTV, 10 p.m.) - Whitney finally gets some play in New York.

My Super Sweet 16 Presents: Exiled (MTV, 10:30 p.m.) - The parents of those spoiled party girls finally wise up and send their daughters to remote locations instead of lavishing them with new cars.

Tuesday,...
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Leave Them Hanging: Favorite TV Cliffhangers

April 2nd, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Lost
Television is a medium that thrives on manipulating audiences into tuning in, and no narrative device is more effective at accomplishing that task than the cliffhanger. With the end of the 2007-08 season rapidly approaching and new cliffhangers waiting in the wings, we have decided to celebrate our favorites from years past.

5) The Simpsons: "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"

The Cliffhanger: It didn't provoke quite the fervor of the "Dallas" storyline that it parodied, but this two-part episode did warrant a special "America's Most Wanted" and was discussed often during the summer of 19...
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TV Spotlight: Joss Whedon

February 12th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon is the 43-year-old writer/director/producer who is best known for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The son of Golden Girls scribe Tom Whedon, Joss followed in the family business when, after receiving his film degree from Wesleyan University in 1987, he found work as a writer on Roseanne. It wasn't until the early 90s that Whedon would begin walking the path to becoming the creative force he is known as today.

A Ditzy Cheerleader with a Destiny

In 1992, Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Kristy Swaonson hit theaters, with a resounding thud. Scripted by Whedon, the mov...
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TV's 10 Most Unrealistic Couples

January 22nd, 2008 10:14am EST
CSI
Reality is not always a factor when it comes to TV relationships. Actually, it usually isn't. Often, two characters that would never come together in real life are forced into a relationship for any number of reasons. It's not really a problem for most TV viewers because they understand that entertainment value will always trump reality.

That being said, there are some on-screen relationships that make perfect sense. Then there are the head scratchers. Below is a sampling of the latter. Please note, just because these relationships are unrealistic doesn't necessarily mean they ...
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Charisma Carpenter: 'Writers Strike Has Left Me Penniless'

December 20th, 2007 12:01pm EST
Charisma Carpenter
Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter is "too poor" to pay for her divorce from ex-husband Damien Hardy. The 37-year-old actress married Hardy in October 2002 and the couple became parents to son Donovan Charles, now four, the following March, before announcing plans to divorce last month.

Now Carpenter is claiming the ongoing Hollywood writers strike has left her unemployed - and as a result, she's pleaded the Los Angeles Supreme Court to make hotel worker Hardy pay her legal bills.

She says, "At the present time, my husband has the ability to work full-time and make...
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Pamela Anderson Tops Sexy TV Women Poll

December 6th, 2007 11:47am EST
Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson has been voted TV's Sexiest Woman Ever in a new online poll. The 49-year-old former Baywatch babe topped the AOL list, which was announced on Wednesday.

Website editors gave her the top honor for taking "bodacious to a new level."

Other hot women on the list were Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria Parker, Katherine Heigl, Jessica Alba and former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter.

Veteran TV pin-ups Jaclyn Smith from Charlie's Angels and original Catwoman Julie Newmar also made the countdown.

-Pamela Anderson Pictures

(This news art...
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Charisma Carpenter Splits From Husband

November 28th, 2007 9:59am EST
Charisma Carpenter
Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Charisma Carpenter has split from her husband of five years Damien Hardy. The 37-year-old actress married Hardy in October 2002 and the couple became parents to son Donovan Charles, now four, the following March.

However a spokesman has confirmed that the pair have broken up. Jeff Raymond, a representative for Carpenter, says, "They are separated and now living separately."

-More Charisma Carpenter Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 23

July 23rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" star Daniel Radcliffe (1989), Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams (1980), actress Stephanie March (1974), Travis lead singer Francis Healy (1973), country/bluegrass singer Alison Krauss (1971), actress Charisma Carpenter (1970), supermodel Stephanie Seymour (1968), "Capote" star Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" star Woody Harrelson (1961), Depeche Mode singer Martin L. Gore (1961), prolific character actress Edie McClurg (1951), "The Limey" star Terence Stamp (1939...
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'One Tree Hill' Star Vies for 'Wonder Woman' Role

January 10th, 2007 8:38am EST
Sophia Bush
One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush has joined the race to play Wonder Woman on the big screen, according to new internet reports. The pretty actress is favored to land the coveted role in Josh Whedon's new big film comic book adaptation, according to cinematical.com.

Bush refused to dismiss the rumors during a recent interview, stating just "Maybe," when asked if she had signed up to play the comic book heroine. She joins a long list of hopefuls, including Charisma Carpenter, Jessica Biel and Rachel Bilson, who have all been linked to the role.

(This news article provided by World En...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 23

July 23rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Happy Birthday to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" star Daniel Radcliffe (1989), Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams (1980), actress Stephanie March (1974), Travis lead singer Francis Healy (1973), country/bluegrass singer Alison Krauss (1971), actress Charisma Carpenter (1970), supermodel Stephanie Seymour (1968), "Capote" star Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967), Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash (1965), "White Men Can't Jump" star Woody Harrelson (1961), Depeche Mode singer Martin L. Gore (1961), prolific character actress Edie McClurg (1951), "The Limey" star Terence Stamp (1939...
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Hollywood Agent Worries 'Wonder Woman' Will Wind Up Like 'Catwoman'

April 7th, 2006 10:04am EDT
Catwoman
Movie mogul Ron Samuels is challenging the producers of the much anticipated new Wonder Woman film to find an unknown to play the lead or risk another Catwoman debacle. A former top Tinseltown agent, Samuels discovered TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter and married her, and he's now offering Joel Silver and the big names behind the new film timely advice - get someone new.

Samuels is far from impressed with any of the actresses supposedly in the running for the new role - including Charisma Carpenter and Sarah Michelle Gellar - because they're hardly statuesque beauties. And he thinks produ...
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Kate Beckinsale Vies for 'Wonder Woman' Role

April 4th, 2006 11:00am EDT
Kate Beckinsale
LATEST: Kate Beckinsale has reportedly joined the race to play Wonder Woman in Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon's upcoming comic book movie. The British actress is in negotiations with Whedon, according to joblo.com.

Insiders claim Whedon is "very happy" with Beckinsale and confirmed last week that production on his highly anticipated movie adaptation of the popular comic book series will begin filming in early September. Buffy stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Charisma Carpenter, and teen queen Lindsay Lohan have been linked to the coveted role - which was played on TV by L...
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AOL To Show Shocking Alternate Ending to Tonight's Episode of 'Veronica Mars'

November 30th, 2005 11:00am EST
UPN will present a scandalous alternate ending to the Nov. 30 episode of Veronica Mars exclusively on AOL.com, alongside the episode's original televised ending. In the exclusive online episode, a familiar character is murdered practically before Veronica's eyes. Afterwards, fans will be able to vote for which ending was their favorite. The winning ending will be revealed on AOL and announced on UPN during the East Coast airing of the Dec. 7 episode of the series.

In this episode, Veronica stumbles on her mother’s high-school records and learns that she was suspended for reasons that...
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Veronica Mars Is a Babysitter on Nov. 16 Episode

November 2nd, 2005 9:24am EST
Coming up on Veronica Mars:

"Nobody Puts Baby In A Corner" -- Veronica and Duncan discover that the still-comatose Meg had been babysitting an abused child, leading Veronica to take on an unfamiliar role as a babysitter to determine the kid's identity, on Wed., Nov. 16 on UPN. Meanwhile, Kendall (guest star Charisma Carpenter) continues her affair with Logan as her stepsons Dick and Cassidy learn the details of their trust fund. Later, Woody Goodman (guest star Steve Guttenberg) makes Keith another intriguing offer.
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