First Look: Charisma Carpenter on Burn Notice

Is too much Charisma a bad thing?

I was set to share with you last week a photo of Whedonverse alumna Charisma Carpenter guest-starring on Burn Notice, but then a certain Supernatural event occurred. So, in the interest of “breathing room,” TVLine presents it to you now.

In the Sept. 1 episode of the USA Network spy drama (airing Thursdays at 9/8c), Carpenter plays Nicki, the wife of a brilliant physicist (The Bourne Supremacy‘s Tom Gallop) who is now doing the Russians’ bidding. With that alliance comes strict rules to live by, and his hottie honey doesn’t cotton to that much.

“Basically, I hate my husband now because our lives are run by the Russians — he doesn’t want to spend any money or do anything — and that makes for an unhappy trophy wife, which is a bad combination,” Carpenter tells TVLine.

Enter Michael and Fiona, who seek to leverage Nicki’s marital woes in the name of their latest assignment. That requires eavesdropping on the couple’s quarrels, one of which went down right before this photo was taken — and just as a lavish ball is getting underway.

As Carpenter puts it, “She’s all dressed up and has no one to enjoy it with!”

TVLine has a full Q&A with Carpenter posting closer to her Burn Notice appearance, but for now we will pass along her promise that the episode boasts not only a “sexy tango” but also “a lot of Fi and Michael time,” which she knows is important to the show’s viewers — akin to how Angel fans enjoyed it, she recalls, when the titular vamp would spend quality time with Cordelia.

“It was a lot of fun,” Carpenter says of her Burn Notice visit. “It really was.”

USA Sets November Return Date for Burn Notice Season 5

USA’s Burn Notice airs its midseason finale the week after Carpenter’s appearance, on Sept. 8.

Comments (12)

  • Just LOVE Burn Notice. Such a fun show. I’m looking forward to this episode…sounds like another good one.

    Comment by jrs – August 23, 2011 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It is not Tom Gallup…it is Tom Gallop (just a minor correction)

    Comment by Chihuahua29 – August 23, 2011 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Haha, I asked her last year if she would do latin dancing and she said to give her a “coupla tequilas and you’re on!” Hopefully she succumbs :P

    Comment by Moonlightsiesta – August 23, 2011 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love that Matt has the inside line on Charisma! All the CC scoop

    Comment by Alex – August 23, 2011 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad to see Charisma Carpenter is working. Other than one horrible episode of CSI I haven’t seen much of her since “Angel” ended.

    Comment by Andy – August 23, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t forget the disappointing cameo in Legend of the Seeker. Fingers crossed this Burn one is much better.

      Comment by Fido – August 23, 2011 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And few visits to Greek , too.

      Comment by SMGfan – August 23, 2011 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She also had recurring roles on “Veronica Mars” & “Charmed”.

        Comment by Kalie – August 23, 2011 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously can we get her on Castle too, because that would be awesome.

    Comment by christina – August 23, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love that ‘Cordy’ is guest starring on two of my favorite shows this year. She has a great sense of humor. She should guest star on “Ringer” next. ;)

    Comment by Carrie – August 23, 2011 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aaaah, those Angel and Cordelia scenes. :dies and goes to heaven: I may have to pull out my DVDs again, they were awesome.

    Comment by Ella – August 23, 2011 10:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • she never could act. What is she doing on all these decent shows? She must sleep with somebody powerful in Hollywood to get all these jobs.

    Comment by can't stand charisma – August 29, 2011 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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