The actress will guest-star in this season’s 11th episode as Nicki, a sharp-tongued, high-maintenance trophy wife whose not-so-better half, a bioweapons engineer, is a wanted man in cahoots with the Russians. Increasingly dissatisfied with her marriage, Nicki proves to be a pawn ripe for the manipulating in Michael and Fi’s effort to get to her husband.
Fittingly, USA’s spy drama was among the shows Carpenter hailed when TVLine spoke with her at last month’s Thirst Project Gala. “I love White Collar and Burn Notice, and I am also obsessed with Sons of Anarchy, Shameless –- I cannot miss an episode — and Californication has been a huge favorite for years. I think Natascha McElhone is probably the most stunning woman that ever walked the Earth,” she raved. “[The cable networks] are just slammin’ it with the great shows.”
Carpenter’s most recent credits include the big-screen blockbuster The Expendables and the upcoming Lifetime movie Deadly Sibling Rivalry (in which she plays –wait for it — twins). But of course she is best known to TV fans for her role as Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel, as well as from her runs on Veronica Mars and Greek.
Now in its fifth season, Burn Notice airs Thursdays at 9/8c. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)