Following her film debut, Carly tried out for two WB shows: Roswell and Popular. While she was turned down for the lead role of Liz in Roswell (that went to Shiri Appleby), she got the role of the geeky Sam on Popular - after trying out for cheerleader Brooke. She would appear on the show for all 43 episodes, before it was cancelled after a cliffhanger episode. Popular is now a mainstay on Entertainment Weekly's yearly "Best Cult TV Shows" list.

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