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Last Updated: 3 January 2001


Recurring role for Richard on CBS's new Fall drama "The District" -- *** UPDATE ***

Richard's "Touched by an Angel" to air on PAX  on January 9th

SciFi Channel to air "I Married a Monster" on January 14th

Watch for Richard on NBC's "Just Shoot Me" during the first rerun cycle

Double treat for German viewers -- "Action" and "Providence"

Write to Richard through the RBFC

Learn more about Richard's Daytime and Primetime television career

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"Wild Thornberrys" update -- look for Richard's episode this Spring

SciFi Channel schedule for "The Sentinel"

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RB as Captain Hunter

[01/03/01] *** Richard Burgi appearing on CBS's "The District" -- Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT. ***

***UPDATE*** -- "The District" has proven to be a breakout hit for CBS, leading to a full season order of episodes.  Richard has filmed three additional episodes of "The District," appearing as Captain Hunter of Internal Affairs. Look for Richard in episodes 09, 10 and 11.

**NEW EPISODE** -- Look for Richard this week in "The D.C. Strangler," which is scheduled to air January 6th.  This is the second of Richard's current batch of new "District" episodes.

[01/08/01]**NEW EPISODE** -- Look for Richard in "Old Ghosts," which is scheduled to air January 20th.  The next new episode to air, it is probably the third of Richard's most recent "District" episodes.

"The Santa Wars" aired as scheduled on December 16th.  CBS starts its rerun cycle with "Dirty Laundry" (episode 02) on December 23rd and follows it on December 30th with "Worst Block" (episode 03) -- Richard's first appearance as Captain Hunter. If CBS remains with the original episode order, Richard's second episode, "Surveillance" (episode 04) will rerun January 13th. Next Richard episode in the repeat roster will be "How They Lived" (episode 06), his third, which may air February 3rd. If you missed him the first time around, now's your chance to catch Hunter's debut!

Richard's episodes thus far (Note: the pilot is designated as episode '1.00')

  • "Worst Block" -- episode 1.03 -- Saturday, October 21, 10pm ET/PT (rerun December 30th 2000)
  • "Surveillance" -- episode 1.04 -- Saturday, October 28, 10pm ET/PT (rerun  January 13th 2001)
  • "How They Lived" -- episode 1.06 -- Saturday, November 11, 10pm ET/PT (aired as scheduled)
  • "The Santa Wars" -- episode 1.09 -- Saturday, December 16, 10pm ET/PT (aired as scheduled)
  • "The D.C. Strangler" -- episode 1.10 -- Saturday, January 6,  10pm ET/PT (aired as scheduled)
  • "Old Ghosts" -- episode 1.11 -- Saturday, January 20th, 10pm ET/PT
"The District," new for Fall 2000 on CBS, is set in Washington, DC and focuses on DC's new Police Commissioner Jack Mannion, played by Craig T. Nelson ("Poltergeist," "Coach").  Mannion is, according to the CBS website, "brought in to overhaul an antiquated system ill-equipped to deal with the problems of a sprawling, crime-ridden city.  As much a friend to ordinary citizens as to high-ranking politicians, Mannion has quite a task ahead of him.  He immediately selects the most promising officers around him to become his circle of aids.  Mannion and this group of modern-day "Untouchables" set out to bring order to the District and to clamp down on the crime in America's capital."

Richard joins the cast in the recurring role of Captain Hunter, a detective working for Internal Affairs.

To learn more about "The District," visit the CBS Website "District" page.

(More information as we receive it - BH)


RB as Uncle Frank[01/03/01] *** Richard's "Touched by an Angel" airs on PAX network *** -- Tuesday, January 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Watch for Richard in "Fighting the Good Fight," which originally aired in May 1999 on CBS.  The following episode synopsis was posted on the CBS website.

"Fighting the Good Fight"

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Guest Stars

A young boxer, Tim, and his brother live in desperate poverty in the inner city and are often mistreated by their self-centered uncle. When Tim's elder brothers becomes ill with a serious disease, Tim adopts an aggressive stance against the world in order to appear tough in the face of his brother's illness. He trains as a boxer to escape his troubles, but misuses his boxing skills by initiating a string of fights with local hoodlums that puts him on the road to ruin. Tess and Tim's idol, Muhammad Ali, are called upon to teach the confused young man that violence accomplishes nothing and that his energy should be spent strengthening familial bonds.

Guest Starring: Muhammad Ali guest stars as himself, a legendary boxer who comes to the aid of the youth who is misusing his boxing skills. Richard Burgi (The Sentinel) guest stars as the abusive uncle of the confused young boxer. Alexis Cruz returns in his recurring role as streetwise angel Rafael. (E-mail CBS or visit the TBAA website to comment on Richard's role).


RB as Nick Farrell[01/03/01] *** Catch Richard's "I Married A Monster" on the SciFi Channel in January *** -- Sunday, January 14th at 2pm ET/PT.  Richard plays insurance salesman Nick Farrell in the 1998 remake of the fifties cult classic, "I Married a Monster From Outer Space."

On the eve of his wedding to hometown sweetheart Kelly Drummond (Susan Walters), Nick Farrell runs afoul of a glowing ball of energy, which hides a ship-load of aliens desperate to repopulate their species.  To carry out their repopulation program, the aliens need the women of Blue Falls -- which means they first have to waylay the men.

Kelly is confused and upset by Nick's inexplicable behavior, at first attributing it to wedding jitters.  When other men begin acting strangely as well, Kelly realizes something sinister is going on and decides to get to the bottom of it.  Question is, can she do so, and find out what has happened to Nick and their friends, before the aliens complete their scheme?

(Thanks to George for the schedule information)


[12/20/00] ** Updated RBFC Archive pages now active ** -- Thanks to the generosity of Ursula of SOS and Steffi of SOS2, we now have an extensively renovated and enhanced Archive of "Sentinel"-era material available on the RBFC website!  To visit the Archive pages, simply scroll to the navbar section at the foot of the page and click on the "archive" button.

Thanks to the generosity -- not to mention hard work -- of Linda "Mackie" Maclaren, the history of Richard's Daytime TV career, as seen through the eyes of Soap Opera Digest, is now available on the RBFC Archive.  Links to the "Burgi Bits" pages can be found on both the 1985-89 and 1990-94 Archive pages.

(Thanks to Ursula, Steffi,Mackie, and everyone who shared their collections with us!)



[[10/18/00] *** Richard on NBC's "Just Shoot Me" -- Thursday, October 26th @ 9:30pm ET/PT ***  Richard recently taped an episode of the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me." Described by creator Steven Levitan as "'Die Hard' in a fashion magazine," the show follows the lives and antics of the people in the editorial offices of the fictional magazine "Blush."

Richard plays Robert Gallatin, Hollywood action hero and star of the popular TV show "The Nomad," and passing fancy for fashion editor Nina Van Horne (Wendie Malick).  Unfortunately, Robert has a close attachment to his mother, which complicates his amorous pursuit of Nina.  The episode has an 'A/B' story-line, which also focuses on Maya (Laura San Giacomo) trying to get to the bottom of Elliot's (Enrico Colantoni ) refusal to take part in the electoral process.

Richard's episode, the fourth filmed for Fall 2000, is titled "Mum's the Word,"  and aired the week before the election on Thursday, October 26th at 9:30pm ET/PT.

Remember, "Mum's the Word" will air again when "Just Shoot Me" enters its first rerun cycle, probably during the holiday season.

To learn more about "Just Shoot Me," visit the NBC website at www.nbc.com, or go directly to the "Just Shoot Me" page.

Remember to e-mail NBC and "Just Shoot Me" to say thanks for Richard's role.

(Thanks to Carla and Kat for the JSM information!)


[11/06/00] *** "Action" and "Providence" to air in Germany *** -- German fans will soon be able to watch (and record) Richard's episodes of "Action" and "Providence" on German television.

Cole and Peter at party"Action" will premiere on the Comedy Channel, part of the Premiere World package, on December 22nd.  Richard's Cole Riccardi, Hollywood leading man and action movie star, appears in two of "Action's" thirteen episodes -- "Pilot" and "Blowhard."  In the pilot, aptly titled "Pilot," Cole (Richard) is introduced as a perennial star of producer Peter (Jay Mohr) Dragon's blockbuster action movies.

We are introduced to Cole at the premiere party for Dragon's latest film, "Slow Torture," which -- unfortunately -- proves to be slow torture for Dragon and his financial backers.  Finding himself suddenly on the brink of ruin, Dragon hustles to find a suitable script and movie on which to pin his hopes for renewed success -- "Beverly Hills Gun Club."

Cole and Peter have a heart-to-heartCole Riccardi reappears in the fourth episode, "Blowhard," when Dragon signs him to star in his latest movie, "Beverly Hills Gun Club."  The ink has hardly dried on the contract before Cole appears on Peter's doorstep late one night, needing to talk to him.  Cole reveals he's gay -- and Peter says "so what."  Then Cole goes on to announce he wants to come out of the closet -- and Peter nearly has a stroke.

Convinced the announcement that his leading man is gay will scuttle "Beverly Hills Gun Club," Peter opts for some fast and underhanded maneuvering, telling Cole that coming out is not in his best interest -- and convincing him by announcing that he, himself, is also gay. Cole gets the wrong idea and Peter is trapped by his own connivance, resulting in an unexpected romantic interlude for the producer and his star.

RB as J.D. Scanlon"Providence" begins airing on RTL on November 5th.  Richard appears in "Providence" in the episode "The Apartment," (episode #2.14) playing Dr. J.D. Scanlon, Syd Hansen's (Melina Kanakaredes) new neighbor and love interest.

When Syd decides she needs to strike out on her own by moving into her own place, one of the first people she meets at her seemingly idyllic new home is Dr. J.D. Scanlon, a handsome and charismatic professor of Anthropology.  J.D. easily sweeps Syd off her feet and enchants her with tales of his many experiences doing field research in Africa.  Along the way, J.D. strives to convince Syd she needs a mentor -- him -- and that she needs to break away from her family.  Unfortunately, Syd's family has other ideas, derailing a romantic interlude planned by J.D.

J.D. gives Syd an ultimatum of sorts -- he won't date her as long as she is so tightly bound to her family.  When Syd realizes J.D., for all his talk of independence from family, is just as tightly bound to his new family -- the building's other tenants -- she calls him on it and moves back home.

To learn more about "Providence," visit the "Providence" page of the NBC website.

(Thanks to Steffi for the updates)



[09/19/00] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
c/o The RBFC
14 Middlebridge Court
Silver Spring, MD  20906-5812
USA

We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be sent to Richard's home address!  Receiving fan mail through his home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially from the standpoint of privacy and safety.  If you have come across what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it!  We -- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know where you came across the address by using this e-mail link to the RBFC.

While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts be sent to him.  Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming.  Richard would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to a local children's shelter or literacy program.


[08/23/00] *** Get your RBFC Website banners here! *** -- Thanks to the talent and generosity of  RBFC member and graphic arts whiz Laura Trout, we have a wonderful assortment of RBFC banners to offer to RBFC members and fans of Richard Burgi in general.  The banners come in a variety of sizes and formats, including a selection of animated GIF banners.

Click on the image at left or follow the highlighted link to our RBFC Banners page, then help yourself!


[08/14/00] ** "Wild Thornberrys" update ** -- Look for Richard's episode of the popular Nickelodeon animated series this Fall.  Richard -- who took the part because "Wild Thornberrys" is one of his son's favorite shows -- voices a nefarious poacher who tangles with Eliza Thornberry and her eccentric family.

To learn more about "Wild Thornberrys," visit their page on Nickelodeon's website at www.nick.com.

(Thanks to Carla for the update)


[01/03/01] *** The Sci-Fi Channel's Sentinel schedule *** --  The Sentinel can be seen at  9:00am ET/PT and 2:00am ET/PT Monday through Thursday, and at 9:00am ET/PT on Friday.  The Sentinel is now entering its fifth cycle on SciFi.

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[01/03/01] The current Sentinel schedule is as follows:

January 01 - 05

  • Monday, 01/01, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Pre-empted
  • Tuesday, 01/02, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Neighborhood Watch
  • Wednesday, 01/03, 9am  & 2am ET/PT -- Night Shift
  • Thursday, 01/04, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Sentinel, Too part 1
  • Friday, 01/05, 9am ET/PT -- Murder 101
January 08 - 12
  • Monday, 01/08, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Four Point Shot
  • Tuesday, 01/09, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Dead End on Blank Street
  • Wednesday, 01/10, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Sentinel, Too part 2
  • Thursday, 01/11, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- The Waiting Room
  • Friday, 01/12, 9am ET/PT -- The Real Deal
January 15 - 19
  • Monday, 01/15, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Pre-empted
  • Tuesday, 01/16, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Most Wanted
  • Wednesday, 01/17, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg
  • Thursday, 01/18, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Switchman (pilot)
  • Friday, 01/19, 9am ET/PT -- Siege
January 22 - 26
  • Monday, 01/22, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Killers
  • Tuesday, 01/23, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- The Debt
  • Wednesday, 01/24, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Cypher
  • Thursday, 01/25, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Night Train
  • Friday, 01/26, 9am ET/PT -- Rogue
January 29 - February 02
  • Monday, 01/29, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Love and Guns
  • Tuesday, 01/30, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Attraction
  • Wednesday, 01/31, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Vow of Silence
  • Thursday, 02/01, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- To be announced
  • Friday, 02/02, 9am ET/PT -- To be announced
Additional information regarding The Sentinel broadcast schedule on SciFi can be found on the SciFi Website's Schedulebot pages.

(Visit SciFi's website for information on the network and its schedule or e-mail SciFi at programming@scifi.com or feedback@scifi.com with comments on Richard Burgi and The Sentinel).


[10/05/99]The SciFi Channel has an excellent Sentinel page at its scifi.com website. The page, which can be found at www.scifi.com/sentinel/, contains cast and character bios, a selection of downloadable JPEG images of the cast, episode guides for all four seasons, a bulletin-board devoted to The Sentinel, and a downloadable Sentinel screen-saver in both MAC and Windows formats.

(Remember to e-mail SciFi at programming@scifi.com or feedback@scifi.com with comments on Richard Burgi, The Sentinel, and their very nice Sentinel web page).


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