Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Charisma Carpenter has signed on to return as host of Surviving Evil, which was picked up for a second season by Investigation Discovery.
Carpenter will shoot 10 more episodes as Surviving Evil returns to production for a premiere date later in 2014. The show features real-life stories of men and women who have fought back against their attackers and lived to tell the tale. Each true crime story is told in the survivor’s own words.
“This is one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done,” Carpenter says. “There’s a real sense of giving people their dignity back. These are remarkable people.”
In the first episode of Surviving Evil last August, Carpenter told her own story: In 1991, the actress (then 22 years old) was attacked and held at gunpoint at a San Diego beach by a rogue police officer.
Surviving Evil ranked as Investigation Discovery’s top-rated primetime series during the third quarter of 2013, and averaged 450,000 viewers among adults 25-54.
Carpenter’s credits also include the Buffy spin-off Angel, The Expendables, Greek and The Lying Game. She also guest starred last fall on Blue Bloods.
Tune in tonight for the season finale of Surviving Evil at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.
“The Devil You Know” – The Stories of Jessica Carbone (West Palm Beach, FL) and Tabitha Sells and Christy Carroll (Greensboro, NC) Premieres Wednesday, October 30 at 10/9c
· Jessica Carbone, 27, is living a good life in West Palm Beach when her happiness is suddenly shattered by a deranged, machete-wielding maintenance man who viciously attacks and kidnaps her. A desperate escape attempt further provokes Carbone’s attacker, though she maintains enough composure to plant incriminating evidence. Under increasingly brutal conditions, Carbone reasons with her captor, convincing him to leave her alive. Carbone’s will to live allows her to survive disfiguring injuries and lead authorities to make an arrest. Several years later, Carbone is a victim rights advocate, and enjoys the life she refused to surrender.
· Inseparable cousins Tabitha Sells and Christy Carroll happily work together at an auto shop in Greensboro, North Carolina. A normal business day is turned upside down when they become the unsuspecting targets of a colleague’s insanely jealous wife. Fixated on avenging an imaginary affair between her husband and Sells, Shelly Ratcliffe leads a grisly attack on the cousins. Despite putting up a brave fight, Sells and Carroll sustain life-threatening injuries and are stuffed in the trunk of a car, bound for certain death. Together, they overcome the harrowing attack.
Charisma will appear in the next episode of Blue Bloods. The episode is titled “Growing Boys” and will air on Friday, November 1 at 10pm on CBS.
“Growing Boys” — When a gangbanger dies after Jamie chases him away from the boy he is mentoring, Jamie’s conduct is called into question. Meanwhile, Baez goes undercover to get information on Danny’s ex-girlfriend’s fiancée who is dealing drugs from his gym, on BLUE BLOODS, Friday, Nov. 1 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Charisma Carpenter guest stars as Danny’s ex-girlfriend.
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