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Last Updated: 08 January 2003

Captain Hunter's back on the job on The District -- Saturday, January 18th

More Michael Cassidy to come for Richard on Judging Amy -- Tuesday, January 21st

Good news, bad news -- Richard films episode of FOX's Firefly

Richard chosen for role in new WB comedy pilot, Trash

Give an RBFC Gift Certificate Membership this year!

The Sentinel returns to the Sci-Fi Channel on Thursday, January 2nd

Remember to catch Richard on CSI when "High and Low" repeats

"Wheelmen" still awaiting distribution deal

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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[08 Jan 03]  *** Captain Hunter rides again in "Good-bye, Jenny" -- The District, Saturday, January 18th at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***
Richard as The District's Captain Hunter
Richard's latest episode of The District will air on Saturday, January 18th. Titled "Good-bye, Jenny," it is his ninth episode so far of the hit CBS drama. The TV Guide online description (available at http://www/ ) reads as follows:

"A half-million dollars worth of cocaine, which is key evidence in a murder, disappears from the evidence warehouse after Nancy turns it in; Mannion comforts a friend (Lanai Chapman) who is dying of AIDS; and Ella saves a man's life after a near-fatal fall, but he then sues her, claiming her efforts led to his paralysis. Also: Temple doesn't know what to do when an aggressive woman in the gun lab comes on to him."

Richard's Captain Vincent Hunter will most probably be involved in the investigation of the missing cocaine.

In the "small, small world" category, one of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars -- Helen Cates -- also appears in this episode of The District.

*** Watch for Richard when The District repeats "The Second Man" --  show airs Saturdays  at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***  Richard returned to The District in December 2002, once again playing Captain Vincent Hunter in "The Second Man."

Richard as Captain Hunter in The Second Man
According to the TV Guide online listing for the episode:

"During a struggle, deputy chief Noland shoots a college student he believes is about to rob a convenience store with a gun, but the ensuing investigation doesn't turn up a weapon. Soon, Internal Affairs demands that Noland be suspended, but Mannion refuses to take his badge. Also, the student's wealthy parents threaten to bring charges against Noland."

No word so far as to whether Richard will be in any additional 2002-03 season episodes of The District.

** French fans, look for Richard every Sunday at 3:30pm on Channel 2 ** The District recently joined the lineup on France's Channel 2, where it is known as "Washington Police."

For a complete listing of Richard's District episodes, visit our District Guide page.

(Thanks to Erin for the images)

[08 Jan 03]  *** Richard's Michael Cassidy returns to bedevil his ex, Judge Amy Gray, in "The Best Interests of the Child" -- Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***
Richard as Michael Cassidy in Judging Amy
Richard's latest episode of Judging Amy, titled "The Best Interests of the Child," cranks up the heat under the custody dispute between Amy Gray and her ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. (The custody dispute will most likely reach its climax during the highly competitive February "sweeps" period). The TV Guide online listing has this to say:

"Amy (Amy Brenneman) is prepared for the worst as the bitter battle for custody of Lauren (Karle Warren) finally nears an end.

Among the first to testify at the hearing is Lauren's father, Michael (Richard Burgi), who serves his own self-interests by effectively arguing that his ex has demonstrated a lack of parenting skills in the past year. To improve her client's chances of winning, Amy's lawyer (Caroline McWilliams) advises putting the 10-year-old on the stand to say she wants to live with her mother -- an idea Amy adamantly opposes. Meanwhile, Maxine continues to rationalize that keeping her distance from Eric before her former charge stands trial for murder is in his best interest."

This upcoming episode is Richard's fifth so far of the popular CBS drama. His previous episode of Judging Amy, titled "People of the Lie," took Michael and Amy (Amy Brenneman) further down the road towards a messy custody battle for their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren). Interestingly, another of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars also appeared in this episode -- Miriam Flynn played the part of Amy's new interior decorator, "Winky."

Richard officially returned to Judging Amy  as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. The TV Guide description is excerpted below:

"The drama's fourth season picks up where it left off last spring, with Judge Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a messy custody battle. Amy is hot under the collar about having to attend mediation sessions with her ex-husband, Michael (Richard Burgi), to whom she is unwilling to surrender their daughter, Lauren."

According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, is to figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."

To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website:

Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!

Richard's episodes so far:

  • "The Justice League of America" (episode 3.18) aired 26 Mar 02
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (episode 3.23) aired 14 May 02
  • "Lost in the System" (episode 4.01) aired 01 Oct 02
  • "People of the Lie" (episode 4.10) aired 10 Dec 02
Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS series was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (26 Mar 02) which reintroduced viewers to Michael Cassidy. (The role has been played in previous seasons by John Slattery, who was apparently unavailable due to his current commitment to the series "Ed"). Filmed in early April, the May 14th episode brought Richard's recurring Judging Amy appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Gray's ex-husband Michael Cassidy likely in the Fall 2002 season.

Judging Amy is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.

According to the CBS website,  "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly) ; re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."

(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on Richard's JA episodes, and to Erin and Becky for the images)

Firefly cast promo photos [08 Jan 03] *** Good news, bad news: Richard films episode of FOX's Firefly *** -- Richard filmed an episode of the new FOX sci-fi series Firefly in mid December, playing a potentially recurring character. Shortly thereafter, FOX declared the show "on hiatus," which often translates into "cancelled."  Unfortunately, we do not as yet have information on episode or character name.

Three filmed episodes of the show remain unaired. They are Heart of Gold, Trash, and The Message, and we assume one of the last two is Richard's. FOX has announced that it intends to air all remaining episodes of Firefly. Meanwhile, producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear are hoping to find a new home for Firefly, possibly with UPN -- home of Whedon's Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

For more information on Firefly and the ongoing campaign to get it back on the air, visit the FireflyFans website at

(Thanks to Kat, MJ, and Pam for information on Firefly)

[08 Jan 03] *** Richard chosen for role in Trash, a new comedy pilot for the WB network *** -- Richard has a part in the new Chris Thompson-produced comedy Trash, a pilot for the WB network's Fall 2003 season, playing Bud Blue, father of a teenage daughter named Luna.

Trash is set in Antelope Valley, a community north of the Los Angeles metro area. Mac, 16 1/2, and his mother move from Los Angeles to her home town, taking up residence in a trailer park. Mac's best friend is Gypsy, also 16. Gypsy's brother is considered the town bad boy. Naturally, they all live in the trailer park.

Mac gets a job mowing the lawn of the more well-to-do Blues and promptly falls for the lovely Luna. Bud, it just so happens, has history with Mac's mother; he stood her up at the prom and ran off with -- and married -- some rich girl from the good side of town. Luna's mother -- and Mac's father -- are no longer in the picture. Naturally, Bud is less than thrilled to discover Mac's interest in his daughter and tries to warn him off.

The series is described by E! Entertainment TV's Kimberly Potts (TV Scoop) as "Romeo and Juliet set in a trailer park," and further described by Potts as "the early contender for what could either be the funniest new sitcom of next season or the worst, most offensive new sitcom of next season." Time will tell.

(Thanks to Becky and Kat for the information on Trash)

Gift Certificate for RBFC membership [08 Jan 03] *** RBFC Membership Gift Certificates now available! *** Christmas may have come and gone, but not the RBFC Membership Gift Certificate program! Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, promotions -- any time you need a gift idea for a Richard Burgi aficionado, you need look no further than a year-long RBFC Membership.

Simply print out and fill in the RBFC signup form and mail it, along with your membership payment, to the RBFC in  care of Kathleen Cole. Current membership fees are as follows: 

US -- $20.00 check or MO, $21.00 PayPal 
Canada -- $25.00 check or MO, $26.25 PayPal 
International -- $30.00 check or MO, $31.75 PayPal 

Remember to make your check or Money Order payable to Kathleen Cole, not the RBFC (banking regulations). Our PayPal account lists under

(Thanks to Danny for the Gift Certificate)

[08 Jan 03]  *** The Sentinel returns to the Sci-Fi Channel in January *** Watch Richard as Jim Ellison when The Sentinel rejoins the Sci-Fi schedule, airing Monday to Friday at 11:00am ET/PT. The series will begin airing on Thursday, January 2nd, launching with the pilot episode, "Switchman."
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel website for further details ( ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.

(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox for the images)

[08 Jan 03]  *** Remember to catch Richard's guest spot on the hit CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation  when the show repeats -- CSI airs Thursdays at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***

Richard in CSI previews
Richard joined the cast of the popular crime drama for "High and Low," in which he plays a suspect in one of the apparent murders under investigation by Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) and his crack team of Las Vegas forensic investigators.

Richard plays paragliding instructor Rick Weston in "High and Low," and is a suspect in the death of a hotshot paraglider named Jimmy -- a fellow Weston disapproves of, saying he "lacks discipline."

Richard Burgi as Rick Weston in High and Low

If you missed Richard on CSI, the episode will air again in reruns as the season progresses. Remember to check your local listings to confirm time and channel!

(Thanks to Deborah for the CSI heads-up, and to MJ and Erin for the images)

[08 Jan 03] *** "Wheelmen" still awaiting finalization of distribution arrangements; no word yet on revised release date *** "Wheelmen," which stars Richard Burgi as former hotshot ambulance driver Nick Torino, is currently awaiting a distribution deal. Once such a deal has been finalized, the movie's release format will be decided and a release date announced.
Richard at Wheelmen screening A cinema screening for potential distributors was held on Thursday, August 22nd 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Those invited to attend the screening picked up their tickets at a check-in table set up in front of the movie's trademark Lincoln stretch limousine and, after a chance to "meet and greet" the actors and director, enjoyed refreshments before the movie (and a reception afterwards). After a few introductory words by director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" made its big-screen debut. 
*** Visit the "Wheelmen" official website *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found at . The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.
Richard and Wheelman castmates
Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.

The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page ), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema  screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).

Wheelmen poster; get a bigger version at the Wheelmen site FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Henry Eshelman / Catherine Shin
Phone: 310.550.7776
Email: /

Indie Film Wraps 19 Day Shoot in Los Angeles and Seeking Distribution

LOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich , line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.

NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin , Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson , Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.

As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.

[08 Jan 03] *** 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
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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, or to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center .
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