KEEPING A WATCH ON TV
by Bruce Fretts
CHARISMA CARPENTER Barely visible as cheerleading
queen Cordelia on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, Mondays, 9-10 p.m.)
last season, Carpenter has been given increased screen time this fall.
She makes a fine comic target for the wisecracking Xander (Nicholas Brendon)
and a formidable rival to Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) for the affections
of studly vampire Angel (David Boreanaz). Charisma commands attention
whenever she's on the screen--her parents must've known something when
they named her.