TVGuide.com: How busy is Veronica Mars going to keep you this season?
Charisma Carpenter: I don't think I'm allowed to say.... I do suggest that people watch the first episode, though!
TVGuide.com: Will we find out what's in the briefcase that Kendall showed Keith? The thing that made him stand up Veronica at the airport?
TVGuide.com: Did you know what was in it when you shot last season's finale?
Carpenter: No. It was empty.
TVGuide.com: Did you take any guesses on what was inside?
Carpenter: We all guessed, of course! We were saying [to the writers/producers], "You guys don't really know, do you? You're not sure, are you?" [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Does Kendall get in Veronica's face at all in the season premiere?
Carpenter: No. No face-off.
TVGuide.com: What fellas might Kendall "play with" this season?
TVGuide.com: No, not Veronica's dad....
Carpenter: But that would be so funny, such an "oddball" combo.
TVGuide.com: A lot of fans are dreading that possibility, though.
Carpenter: Are they really?! I love Enrico [Colantoni]. He's so amazing as an actor and so fun to be around. No, there's a new guy in town, a new character [involved] with Kendall, and Keith.... There's a whole story line there.
TVGuide.com: Did you go after any series-regular gigs for this fall?
Carpenter: Of course. I go out every pilot season.
TVGuide.com: You're just too much woman for the small screen to handle?
Carpenter: Is that what it is? Ooh, I really like that line. It really works for me! But I do have an interesting audition coming up soon, so I'm hopeful.
TVGuide.com: Is it for TV? A movie?
Carpenter: Movie, movie, movie... I'm excited.
TVGuide.com: Is it with Joss Whedon, and you're holding a golden lasso? [Carpenter's name often comes up in discussions about the Buffy creator's in-the-works Wonder Woman feature film.]
Carpenter: We're working on that [Carpenter possibly playing Wonder Woman]. I'm working on it, I'm working on it....
TVGuide.com: You did very well in a TVGuide.com poll that ran last spring. [Asked who of three candidates they'd like to see play Wonder Woman, 52.1 percent voted for Carpenter.]
Carpenter: Yeah, your poll was generous. But in some other poll with me, Jessica Biel and Sarah Michelle Gellar I came in last. Of course, the picture they chose showed me when I was at, like, a children's benefit covered in [conservative clothing]. I should have been wearing something more Wonder Woman-y!
TVGuide.com: Well, TVGuide.com's poll showed you love and I didn't even tamper with it.
Carpenter: I'm so grateful for that. I'm dying to kick butt as Wonder Woman. Itching to kick butt! In my last year of Angel, I was really pregnant and I couldn't do any butt-kicking, so I would really like this opportunity to work with Joss and take it to a new level.
In the Sept. 11 issue of TV Guide: A look at how the CW network's Veronica Mars and other shows will add to your television viewing.
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