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I Survived Evil is not just the title of the new Investigation Discovery series that Charisma Carpenter will be hosting — it’s also a declaration the actress herself can make.
Back in 1991, years before she traded barbs with Buffy, Carpenter and two friends were swimming at Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego when they were violently attacked by Henry Hubbard Jr., then a 29-year-old police officer.
During the encounter, Hubbard, brandishing a gun, ordered Carpenter to tie up her male friends. But Carpenter refused, affording her companions opportunity to jump and overpower Hubbard, ultimately leading to his capture and arrest — even as the young men suffered non-fatal bullet wounds along the way.
Carpenter meanwhile held onto the police-issue flashlight Hubbard used, to help seal his conviction for that assault which, when combined with a string of others, earned him a 56-year prison sentence.
Though Carpenter has never openly discussed the harrowing incident, “Now I’m in a place where I could. I have enough distance — and a lot of therapy — between then and what happened and now,” she tells TVLine. “It’s not as fresh. It’s not as painful.”
Investigation Discovery’s I Survived Evil, which starts production later this summer with an eye on a 2013 bow, will chronicle similar true stories of ordinary people who successfully warded off attackers. That Carpenter, given her own such scare, was approached to host the series was pure coincidence. “I don’t think [the producers] knew,” she ventures. “And when I told them, they were like, ‘This makes perfect sense. We want you to be even more a part of the process.’”
Read the rest of the interview here.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY SIGNS CHARISMA CARPENTER AS HOST OF ALL-NEW SERIES “I SURVIVED EVIL” (WT)
(Beverly Hills, CA) - Charisma Carpenter, best known for her role as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, has signed a deal to host Investigation Discovery’s new series, I SURVIVED EVIL (wt). The show will feature dramatically compelling and emotional stories of victims who fought back against their attackers and, against amazing odds, survived. The 10-episode first season of I SURVIVED EVIL is slated to begin filming in August 2012.
Carpenter is the survivor of a real-life incident that she endured more than 20 years ago. The actress and two friends were swimming at San Diego’s Torrey Pines State Beach in 1991 when they were violently attacked by an armed, rogue police officer. Carpenter fought for her survival after being held at gunpoint, but her two friends were both shot by the attacker and seriously wounded. The police officer was sentenced to 56 years in prison for the attacks in addition to a series of rapes and robberies.
“The fact that Charisma has personally lived through the tragic nightmare of being attacked - and thankfully, is willing to share her ordeal with our viewers - makes her the perfect host for I SURVIVED EVIL,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery. “In addition to being a face that her loyal Buffy fans will recognize, Charisma adds an important layer of depth and perspective to this series that only a survivor truly could.”
I SURVIVED EVIL (wt) is produced by Cineflix (I Survived) Inc. for Investigation Discovery. For Cineflix, Nick Godwin and Simon Lloyd are executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production and Henry Schleiff is president and general manager.
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Syfy will debut its much-ballyhooed original movie “Haunted High” on Saturday, August 25 at 9:00/8:00c.
Charisma Carpenter, Danny Trejo, Jonathan Baron, M.C. Gainey and Marc Donato star in the project, about a New England private school “that is visited by a demonic dead headmaster” (Gainey). Trejo plays the janitor/guardian of the school with Baron as the headmaster’s grandson, Donato as the school’s bad boy and Carpenter as the sexy librarian.
Jeffery Scott Lando directed from a script by Anthony C. Ferrante and Paul A. Birkett.
Now that she’s officially a full-fledged series regular (the deal was finalized this week!), Charisma Carpenter, like the rest of us, is just trying to figure out what’s really going on with her still-mysterious Lying Game character. Is
AnnieRebecca as evil as she seems? Maybe she’s just misunderstood? And is it possible that she’s not actually favoring one devious daughter over the other?
The producers haven’t yet revealed everything to Carpenter, but she’s certain of one thing: Rebecca is getting her Emily Thorne on in a major way.
“I suspect [her agenda is] revenge,” the actress shared with TVLine at Tuesday’s Thirst Gala in Los Angeles. “Rebecca’s upset from the early years. She flowered and bloomed and came into her own. She found confidence. Now, she’s back to wreak havoc on those that had made her life so hard.”
So, perhaps Rebecca, not unlike her kindred spirit over on Revenge, is at least somewhat in the right? Carpenter says she thinks so. “If there isn’t an element of victimhood, it would be hard to relate to her,” she explained. “Nobody likes coldblooded. There has to be a good reason [for her behavior]. But we don’t know exactly what was done to her” — other than that it’s “related to the fact that Rebecca was forced to give up the twins,” Carpenter teased.
Speaking of the kiddos, it seems as though Carpenter’s mother scorned has unjustifiably taken one daughter under her wing — the evilish Sutton — while naïve Emma remains their unknowing victim.
Carpenter conceded that while it may feel like “she’s ganging up on Emma,” things are probably not what they seem. “She could be playing Sutton.” Added the actress with a laugh, “I just don’t feel that she’s the best mom ever.”