Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter Star in New USA Series Stanistan

"Dexter" Panel - 2010 Comic-Con

Jennifer Carpenter is returning to television.

The Dexter actress, most famous for playing foul-mouthed detective-turned-lieutenant Debra Morgan, has signed on to star in a new series from USA Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carpenter will play the leading role in Stanistan, a Middle East drama (which USA picked up back in May) that “follows the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists strike a delicate balance of danger and levity.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carpenter will be playing public affairs officer Marcie Post, who is described as “hyper-alert and always five steps ahead of the people around her. Stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Stanistan for the past four months, Marcie is the press officer for the State Department, and paid to put the most positive spin on news from the region.”

This is the second leading role that Jennifer Carpenter has landed since Dexter finished its eight-season run last year. The actress also starred in an ABC drama pilot called Sea of Fire, which the network passed on. Her other TV and film credits, aside from Dexter, include Robot ChickenThe Good Wife, The Exorcism of Emily of Emily Rose, and Quarantine.

The pilot for Stanistan was written by Andy Parker, who will also be a supervising producer on the series. Meanwhile, Richard Scarth, Mary Louise Vitelli, Maureen Ryan, and Steve Scheffer are all executive producing the new USA drama.

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