ABC Family has added a new face to its teen roster; former Buffy Queen Bee Charisma Carpenter. Starting an multi-episode arc, Carpenter stars as Ann Rebecca Sewell on the network’s newest young-adults-skewing drama, The Lying Game.
The series is based on a set of the novels by Sara Shepard of the same name. Twins Emma and Sutton are separated at birth. One is raised in affluence and style, the other in foster care. Just before her eighteenth birthday, foster kid Emma discovers she has a twin and immediately leaves Vegas in search of her sister. But when she arrives in Phoenix, she discovers that her sister Sutton is missing. Determied to figure out what happened, Emma steps in and takes over her sister’s life. (Sounds a bit like The CW’s Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar, doesn’t it?) Things at the fictitious Arroyo High School will soon get very cimplicated.
Christmas started her six-episode arc on January 2nd and plays Ann Rebecca Sewell, a former resident of the city who was bullied in her teens, and left as soon as she was able. According to Carpenter, Ann has been gone a long time. “…when she was there, she was in high school and things did not go well for her. I think some very bad things happened to her, but what those things are exactly has not, at this point, been revealed to me. But, when she does come back, she is a completely different-looking person in appearance, and she’s better off, monetarily. She decides to go back home and start fresh, to everyone else’s chagrin.”
Ann Sewell has a past with Sutton’s adoptive father Ted Mercer (Andy Buckley) and Alec Rybak (Adrian Pasdar). In Los Angeles Ann ran a music company with her husband, and has acquired status and prestige in life, prestige she’s more than willing to show off to those in her home town. Though Carpenter doesn’t feel Ann returned home with revenge in mind, there’s definitely the possibility of some payback for the shabby way she was treated as a teen, and maybe some noses to be rubbed into new money.
Regardless of Ann Rebecca Sewell’s intentions, former Buffy and Angel fans are just glad to see Charisma back on the small screen, if only for a while.
Catch The Lying Game on ABC Family Monday night’s at 9PM ET/PT.