Walden Theatre alumna Jennifer Carpenter will be honored Monday (today) at The Stage-Setter Breakfast in Louisville. Carpenter is best known for playing Debra Morgan on the Showtime drama series “Dexter” (2006-2013) and for her title role in the 2005 film “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”
Actress Jennifer Carpenter and producer George Stelzner are developing a drama series based on the recent nonfiction book “The Death Class: A True Story About Life.”
“Dexter” alum Carpenter and Stelzner have optioned the rights to the book, penned by former Los Angeles Times writer Erika Hayasaki and published in January by Simon & Schuster.
“Death Class” revolves around Norma Bowe, a Ph.D and registered nurse who teaches a class in preparing for death at Kean University in New Jersey. The course has gained national attention for Bowe’s fearless exploration of end-of-life issues and her approach to helping students (and clients of her consulting practice) use an array of techniques to come to grips with the reality of mortality.
“Norma is such a dynamic force,” said Carpenter. “Her world is rich and textured, and the results of her work are inexplicably redemptive and life-affirming.”
Stelzner is a former Hallmark Entertainment exec who heads West Egg Studios, which specializes in handling literary adaptations. The shingle is at work on projects for Fox, FX, ABC Studios, Fox TV Studios, Spike and A+E Networks.
“The content of ‘Death Class’ is such fertile ground for series development,” said Stelzner. Carpenter and Stelzner are starting to look for a writer to adapt the book to a series. Carpenter’s move on “Death Class” comes just as she’s wrapped production as a co-star of the ABC/Sony Pictures TV drama pilot “Sea of Fire.”
She’s repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment. Stelzner’s with Amy Schiffman at Intellectual Property Group. Hayasaki is repped by Robbins Office, and the option deal was handled by CAA.
Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter has found her follow-up gig — and she’s staying in law enforcement.
The actress, who played Miami Metro detective Debra Morgan for eight seasons on the Showtime drama, has been tapped to star in ABC’s drama pilot Sea of Fire, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the Dutch format Vuurzee, the drama centers on three teenage girls in a small town who star in a pornographic film and the effect it has on their families. It leads to a disappearance, a murder and a host of other secrets boiling under the surface.
Carpenter will play FBI Agent Leah Pierce — a driven, eccentric and blunt woman with a secret in her past — who has few people skills compared with her partner, Marty. She’s called in by Marty’s deputy to investigate the disappearance of a young girl and winds up alienating the town with her raw and uncompromising questions.
Scandal’s Jenna Bans will pen the script and executive produce the ABC Studios, Sony Pictures Television, Scripted World and Mandeville production. Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Robert Kievit and Frank Ketelaar also will executive produce. Allison Liddi-Brown will direct the pilot.
Unfortunately the series weren’t picked by the channel.
With the 2014 Emmy Awards nominations set to be announced July 10, Zap2it is making cases for the actors and shows that deserve some awards love, but would be surprising — and therefore very exciting nominees.
In the eight seasons Jennifer Carpenter portrayed Debra Morgan on Showtime’s “Dexter,” you’d be hard pressed to find any situation she hadn’t powered her way through. But in the drama’s final season, Debra faced her biggest challenges yet. It was heartbreaking and shocking to watch the normally stoic Deb while she struggled with guilt and battled with alcohol abuse and tried to end up on top after finding out she had been lied to and betrayed by the people she loved most her entire life.
Carpenter managed to allow viewers to find a way to relate to Deb after learning her brother Dexter (Michael C. Hall) was a serial killer, and for that alone she should be commended. Debra was strong in her convictions and wouldn’t back down when she faced a challenge, and Carpenter led us through that emotional journey in the most beautiful of ways. In eight seasons, viewers watched not only Debra get stronger and come into her own, but also Carpenter as well. She never let personal challenges weaken Debra, and if anything using them to strengthen the character.
Regardless how you felt about the way the long running series ended, there is no denying Carpenter showcased her best work yet in the final season. The range of emotion and the hard work she displayed to show the light and shade of the character is something rare and beautiful that should not go without recognition.
Although the show itself has gotten several accolades over the years, including Emmys for direction and guest stars, Carpenter has yet to be nominated for her work in “Dexter’s” eight seasons. This being “Dexter’s” final eligible year, Emmy voters would be greatly mistaken to leave Carpenter without a nomination, for not only the incredible work she displayed in Season 8, but her character development and variation throughout the entire series run.
The competition in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama category will for sure be steep, with actresses in award darlings “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men” in the running. However, in the spirit of credit being given where credit is due, we hope the Emmy voters will acknowledge Jennifer Carpenter’s beautiful range of work for “Dexter’s” final stab in 2014.
Thanks to MichaelCHall.RU we uploaded new photos from a old Jennifer Carpenter photo session. You can view the photos by clicking in the pictures below.
Jennifer Carpenter went last night to the 2013 Paley Fest Previews: “Fall Farewell” the Dexter Event. Click in the pictures below and check more pictures in the gallery.