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Last Updated: 21 January 2006


Richard's "Desperate Housewives" Season 2 episodes -- that we know of.

Richard a "Desperate Housewives" Series Regular for Fall 2005

Desperate Housewives up for Golden Globe Awards; show airs Jan16th

Desperate Housewives up for Screen Actors Guild Awards; show airs Jan 29th

Extra updates and re-airs November interview with Richard

About.com interviews Richard at red carpet premiere for "Fun With Dick and Jane"

"Fun With Dick and Jane" now in 4th week of domestic release; Richard plays Joe 

Paramount announces April release date for The Sentinel: The Complete First Season DVD set; pre-order now!

Sony announces February release date for the Action: Complete Series DVD set; pre-order now!

"In Her Shoes" DVD to be released in late January; now available for pre-order

"Seinfeld" Season 5 DVD set now available for purchase; Richard appears in "The Hamptons"

"The Flash" Complete Series DVD Set now available for pre-order with January '06 release date

"Point Pleasant" Complete Series DVD Set now available for purchase!

"Cellular" airs on the Starz Kids & Family and Starz cable channels in January and February; Richard plays Craig Martin

Starship Troopers 2 airs on the Encore Action and Starz Edge Channels in January and February; Richard plays Capt. Dax

"Decoys" airs on Cinemax Asia in January; Richard plays Det. Kirk

Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station now airing "The Sentinel" 

Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station now airing "Firefly" 

Richard's episodes of "The District" airing domestically on the USA Network and internationally in Singapore

Catch Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"

Got a Burgi fan on your gift list? Amazon.com has you covered!

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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[21 Jan 06] *** Desperate Housewives Update *** -- Thus far, we have confirmed that Richard appears in the following episodes of the new season:

Season Two (2005-2006)

  • "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" (02 Oct 05) Prod. #201, episode #2.02
  • "You'll Never Get Away From Me" (09 Oct 05) Prod. #202, episode #2.03
  • "Color and Light" (13 Nov 05) Prod. #206, episode #2.07
  • "One More Kiss" (08 Jan 06) Prod. #210, episode #2.11
  • "There's Something About a War" (22 Jan 06) Prod. # 212, episode #2.13
  • "Silly People" (12 Feb 06) Prod. #213, episode #2.14
As always, we advise viewers to watch every Sunday to catch any mentions of or appearances by caddish Karl, especially during the February sweeps period! 


Richard now a Series Regular on Desperate Housewives [21 Jan 06] *** Richard Burgi now a Desperate Housewives Series Regular for Fall 2005 *** -- Richard Burgi returned to Desperate Housewives as a Series Regular for the hit show's second season. The series went back into production in late July '05, picking up where the previous season finale left off.

Richard  plays Karl Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's cad of an ex-husband on ABC's award-winning hit series.  Previously seen in "Pretty Little Picture" and "Move On," Karl was back to bedevil his ex in "One Wonderful Day," the highly-anticipated season finale. 

Karl is romantically involved with Edie in Season Two while still carrying a flame for his ex, Susan. Karl goes so far as to sleep with her in "Color and Light," apparently hoping the door has been opened for a rekindling of their romance. Susan gently but firmly denies this, and Karl returns to the embrace and domicile of the Goody Britt, who he moved in with in "You Could Drive a Person Crazy." 

"One More Kiss" sees Bree hiring Karl as her lawyer when her son, Andrew, decides on a blackmail attempt. Karl becomes Bree's impromptu White Knight when he takes Andrew in hand and gives him the much-needed wakeup call Rex, his friend, would have surely given his unruly offspring.

Thus far Richard has appeared in the second, third, seventh, eleventh, and thirteenth episodes of the Fall 2005 season ("You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "You'll Never Get Away From Me," "Color and Light," "One More Kiss," and Jan 22nd's "There's Something About a War"). As he is now enmeshed in the affairs of his ex-wife, his lover, and his neighbor/client, it seems likely Karl will become an increasingly prominent fixture on Wisteria Lane.

Karl is coming across as a more sympathetic character this season, and he and Edie are looking more and more like the most "normal" and straightforward residents of Wisteria Lane -- though considering the neighbors they're being compared to...

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website, which has been updated for Fall 2005.

(Thanks to Kat for the confirmation, to Deborah and JoAnn for additional  info, to Becky for the screengrabs, and to ABC.com) 


Desperate Housewives nominated for Golden Globe Awards [21 Jan 06] *** Desperate Housewives nominated in two categories at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards *** -- The 2006 Golden Globe Award show will be televised this coming Monday, January 16th from 8 -11:00pm ET on NBC. 

Desperate Housewives and its cast received nominations in two categories -- Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, for which Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Eva Longoria were each nominated.

Desperate Housewives won the 2006 Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy. 

To learn more about the Golden Globe Awards, visit the official site at http://www.hfpa.org/

(Graphics courtesy of the Golden Globe Awards website)


Desperate Housewives nominated for SAG Awards [21 Jan 06] *** Desperate Housewives nominated in two categories at the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards *** -- The 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards show will be Simulcast Live on Sunday, January 29th on TNT and TBS at 8pm ET/PT, 7pm CT, and 6pm MT.

Desperate Housewives and its cast received nominations in two categories -- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, for which Felicity Huffman was nominated..

Unfortunately, Richard did not appear in the number of episodes necessary for inclusion in the 2006 SAG Awards-nominated Desperate Housewives ensemble. It is possible that he will attend in support of his fellow Desperate Housewives castmates, so remember to watch the Awards show!

To learn more about the Screen Actors Guild Awards, visit the official site at http://www.sagawards.org/

(Graphics courtesy of the SAG Awards website)


Extra interviews Richard in Malibu

Richard is People Magazine's Man of the Week

[14 Jan 06] *** Extra updates and re-airs interview with Richard on location of People "Man of the Week" photoshoot in Malibu*** -- The Thursday, January 5th edition of Extra featured a November interview with Richard Burgi conducted on the grounds of Gladstone's restaurant on the Malibu shore.  Extra cohost Dayna Devon led into the spot  (which features interview footage from an earlier broadcast) with comments on Richard's continued prominence this season.

"The Desperate Housewives may rule Wisteria Lane, but only one man, Richard Burgi, has conquered not one, but two of the delicious divas, and now we've got him,"  teased Dayna as lead in to a scene of Richard and Marcia Cross from "One More Kiss." 

"This week Richard Burgi is about to get involved with a very desperate Marcia Cross," Dayna continued, as Richard and Marcia's scene played in the background.

"Richard's juicy gig on TV's hottest show already has him playing ex-husband to Teri Hatcher, and boyfriend to Nicollette Sheridan,"  Dayna continued, leading into interview quotes from Richard. 

"Better kisser? Teri or Nicollette? Depends on their mood. Depends on my mood, too," Richard deadpanned before Dayna's voiceover played over scenes of him walking on the beach outside Gladstone's.

"After nearly two decades in the Biz, Richard's talking only to Extra about his biggest break yet," said Dayna,  " -- becoming a series regular on  Desperate Housewives."

"In between takes, you know, we make love... we like to get naked, you know... try out various edible oils," said Richard, tongue firmly in cheek.

A quick cut to a scene with Teri Hatcher and Alfre Woodard allowed Dayna to change gears, moving on to Richard's selection as People Magazine's Man of the Week.

"The 47 year-old hunk clowned around outside Gladstone's eatery in Malibu when we caught up with him shortly after People Magazine named him Man of the Week," said Dayna.

"It is wild, you know, almost 50 years old and hearing that sort of thing -- it's great!" said Richard, adding "It shows good taste and... tone on the part of the -- ah -- jurists from People Magazine."

Richard's photo shows him coming out of the sea, surfboard tucked under his arm. "Surfing reminds me of my humble little -- silly thing called my life," Richard told Extra.

Richard graced page 106 of the November 21st issue, where his page text gave a brief list of vital statistics before delving into his "sex appeal."

SEX APPEAL: As caddish Karl Mayer, ex-husband of Susan (Teri Hatcher) on Desperate Housewives, Burgi revels in playing a rogue: "Who doesn't like a mischievous little boy?" Especially if he has a manly physique chiseled by surfing, biking and yoga. Not that Burgi doesn't goof off. "I'll drink too many beers or eat a pint of ice cream -- I give myself permission to enjoy life," he says. One shared with wife Lori, 45, a yoga instructor, and sons Jack, 8, and Samuel, 5. So what's his secret to staying sexy? "Not taking myself seriously," says Burgi. "I have a saying: I'm not here for a long time. I'm here for a good time."

(Thanks to Extra for the coverage, to Ruth for the issue info and scans,  to Kat for the heads up, and to People Magazine for their refined and exquisite good taste!)
 


Richard interviewed by About.com at the premiere of Fun With Dick and Jane [14 Jan 06] *** Richard chats with About.com at the red carpet premiere of Fun With Dick and Jane *** -- The Hollywood red carpet premiere of Fun With Dick and Jane took place on Wednesday, December 14th at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, with the film's nation-wide premiere taking place a week later.

"Yeah, my character is Joe Cleeman," said Richard, apparently in response to a request for information about his role in the film. "I'm Jim Carrey's next-door neighbor and I'm kinda' the guy who's got it all together and everything... and Jim's this guy named Dick who's trying to keep up with the Joneses, which is -- Joe Cleeman."

When asked what Jim Carrey was like to work with, Richard said "He's a sweetheart. He's a lot of fun!"

The interview clip can be found at the About.com website, and Richard's piece is at the end of the collected interviews.

http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/blfunwithdickjc121405.htm

Now in its fourth week in domestic release and premiering in various international markets, Fun With Dick and Jane is closing in on the $100 million mark in domestic box office receipts (as of January 9th, the film had taken in $81,077,547). 

(Thanks to About.com for including Richard in their coverage)


Richard plays Joe in Fun With Dick & Jane [14 Jan 06] *** "Fun with Dick and Jane" now in its third week in domestic release *** -- Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni headline this update of the 1977 original, which starred Jane Fonda and George Segal. Carrey and Leoni play Dick and Jane Harper, a couple who find themselves on the verge of financial collapse when Dick loses his job. The Harpers turn to a life of crime to pay the bills, cooking up madcap schemes and wild heists to support them in the manner to which they have become accustomed. Richard plays their next-door neighbor Joe Cleeman.

Joe and his wife Veronica (Angie Harmon), as the Harpers' next-door neighbors, are the couple to beat in the pecking order sweepstakes, which the opening scenes of the film set up with Joe and Dick's "who's got the better car" shenanigans.

Trailers for "Fun with Dick and Jane" are still available at various online sources. Richard appears in two scenes of the original trailer as the Harper's next door neighbor, Joe, and in a shorter version of the "red shirt" scene in the newer, office-based trailer.

The trailer is available at the following online locations:

The official site: http://www.funwithdickandjane.com/

The Apple QuickTime Trailers site: http://www.apple.com/trailers/

(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the initial info and to Deborah for the online sleuthing)


The Sentinel Complete First Season DVD set announced [14 Jan 06] *** The Sentinel Complete First Season DVD Set announced for April 2006 release *** -- Though it has been a long time coming, fans of Richard Burgi and The Sentinel will soon be able to purchase the first season of the series (which ran from 1996 to 1999) on DVD.

As announced at the tvshowsondvd.com website, Paramount is releasing the show's first season (10 episodes) as a 3-disc boxed set. The Sentinel: The Complete First Season will be released on April 18th and is already available for pre-order at various online retailers. 

At present, it is unknown whether there will be any extras included in the set; certainly there will be sufficient space on the third disc for additional material, should Paramount so decide.

Richard plays Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working as a detective in his Washington State hometown. A solitary stakeout reawakens dormant sensory abilities which lead Ellison to doubt his sanity, until a graduate student name Blair Sandburg (Garett Maggart) explains what is happening to him. Ellison is a Sentinel, someone whose senses --  sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch -- are all developed to an extraordinary degree. With Sandburg's help, and the cooperation of his boss, Captain Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young), Ellison uses his abilities to give him an edge in the war against crime.

Ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com

(Thanks to Becky and Steffi for the screengrabs)


Action Complete Series DVD set announced [14 Jan 06] *** Action Complete Series DVD Set announced for February 2006 release *** -- Though it took Sony two years to mull the idea over, the studio decided in December to take Action to the DVD market, with an announced release date of February 21st.

According to the tvshowsondvd.com website, Action is being released as a 2-disc set which will contain all 13 episodes of the series, this time with uncensored audio. There will also be a "making of" featurette, as well as commentaries on select episodes (fingers crossed that these include Richard's).

Richard appears in two of the show's episodes, "Pilot" and "Blowhard," playing action hero Cole Riccardi.  "Pilot" introduces us to producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr) and the denizens of his world as he heads off for the red carpet premiere of his latest action flick, "Slow Torture." Cole Riccardi, star of "Slow Torture," is Dragon's usual choice for action-adventure leading man. Unfortunately, "Slow Torture" tanks, taking Dragon's reputation with it.

When next we see Cole in "Blowhard," he has been signed to star in Dragon's new film. Unfortunately for Dragon, Cole has decided this is the perfect time to proclaim himself gay, which Dragon feels will kill both the film and Riccardi's career. Dragon sweet-talks Cole out of outing himself by claiming to be likewise "a friend of Dorothy," and Cole gets the wrong idea, deciding romance is in the air. 

Ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com

(Thanks to Becky and Steffi for the screengrabs)


In Her Shoes DVD release announced [14 Jan 06] *** "In Her Shoes" DVD release announced for late January '06 ***  -- With the domestic premiere of "In Her Shoes" now nearly three months behind us, and the film well into its International run, 20th Century Fox has announced the release of the film's Region 1 DVD.  Presently slated for a January 31st release, the DVD is available for pre-order at Amazon.com and similar retailers.

The original QuickTime trailer is available at the  Apple website, as well as the official movie website at www.inhershoes.com while the longer international trailer can be found at http://www.femalefirst.co.uk in a variety of formats and sizes.  Richard  is featured in the trailer in scenes with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette

"In Her Shoes" stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard plays Jim Danvers, Rose's (Collette) cheating boyfriend.  According to the character breakdown, Danvers is "a handsome, suave attorney at the law firm of Lewis, Dommel and Fenick. He's also a cold-hearted ladies man who dumps women without thinking twice." Based on the Jennifer Weiner book of the same title, "In Her Shoes" was screenwritten by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. 

The official "In Her Shoes" website: http://www.inhershoes.com/

To learn more about "In Her Shoes," visit author Jennifer Weiner's website at http://www.jenniferweiner.com/

Production details on "In Her Shoes" can be found at the IMDb website at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388125/

(Thanks to Richard, Kat, and Deborah for the information and the subsequent sleuthing, and to MJ and Deborah for the screengrabs)


Richard appears in Seinfeld's Season 5 DVD set [14 Jan 06] *** Seinfeld's Season 5 joining the ranks of DVD boxed sets on the retail market *** -- With the November release of Seinfeld's fifth and sixth seasons, Richard's hilarious turn as the "breathtaking" Dr. Ben is now available in the Season 5 DVD set.

Richard appears in "The Hamptons" on Disc 4 of the boxed set. Jerry & Co. head to the Hamptons for a weekend at the beach. As it happens, their hosts have recently had a Happy Event and their pediatrician has also been invited along for the weekend. Elaine is quite taken with the dashing and handsome Dr. Ben, especially when he refers to her as "breathtaking." However, her confidence in her understanding of Ben's usage of the word is severely shaken when he also refers to the family's unspeakably ugly baby as "breathtaking." Naturally, Elaine cannot leave well enough alone, and pursues the issue to its inevitable and embarrassing conclusion.

Ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com

(Thanks to Becky and Steffi for the screengrabs)


The Flash DVD set comes out in January [14 Jan 06] *** The Flash joining the ranks of DVD boxed sets on the retail market *** -- As announced earlier by the TVShowsonDVD website,  a complete series DVD set of The Flash will hit the shelves in January 2006. (The complete series boxed set should now be available for purchase at your favorite DVD retailer).

The Flash is, in some ways, an older sibling to The Sentinel -- both are Pet Fly Productions brought to the screen by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, and both featured several of the same actors and creative forces -- Richard Burgi and Jeri Ryan being two familiar faces seen in both shows.

In fact, Richard and Jeri appeared in the same episode, "Deadly Nightshade" -- Richard as the unbalanced copycat vigilante, Curtis Bohannan, and Jeri as the kidnapped socialite. Jeri would later turn up on The Sentinel as Alex Barnes, the Sentinel gone wrong in "Sentinel, Too, Parts 1 & 2."

For further details, go to the TVShowsonDVD website:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/

Pre-ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com

(Thanks to Steffi for the screengrabs)


Point Pleasant DVD set now available! [14 Jan 06] *** 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment release of thePoint Pleasant Compete Series DVD set now available*** -- Although the FOX Network officially cancelled the struggling supernatural drama as of March 24th '05 (with the March 17th episode being the last one aired), 20th Century Fox decided to compete the 13-episode order, with production wrapping in mid-April '05.

Completing the production run allowed 20th Century Fox to honor its international broadcast contracts and to offer a complete DVD package to the Home Video market. 

Earlier in the year 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced an official release date of October 25th, 2005 for the 3-disc set,  which was soon available for pre-order at various online retailers such as Amazon.com. The DVD set initially listed at $39.95, with a discounted pre-order price of $27.99.

Further information can be found at both www.amazon.com and at www.tvshowsondvd.com

Point Pleasant went into production in November '04 at the San Diego studios of Stu Segall Productions with a 13-episode order and wrapped production on April 14th 2005 .

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant," to Sweens for the DVD release news, and to Becky and Danny for the screengrabs)


Cellular airs on Starz channels in January and February [14 Jan 06] *** "Cellular" airs throughout January and February on the Starz Kids & Family (Jan) and Starz (Feb)  Channels ***

Richard plays Craig Martin, the "wrong place at the wrong time" realtor husband of movie heroine Jessica (Kim Basinger) Martin.  Unbeknownst to Jessica, Craig has videotaped crooked cops executing drug dealers -- and the crooked cops are desperate to tidy up loose ends. To get Craig and the camera, they abduct Jessica and the Martin's young son. Jessica has one ace up her sleeve -- she's managed to patch a busted phone together enough to tap out random phone numbers, and the guy on the other end, Ryan (Chris Evans), is willing to help. Problem is, he's on a cellphone, doesn't know where Jessica is... and his battery's running low.

Various Starz Channel listings for "Cellular"
Starz Kids & Family: Jan 5th - 31st
Starz: Feb 2nd - 25th

For further details, go to the Starz website at:
http://www.starz.com/

(Thanks to TV-now.com for the heads up, to Danny for the screengrabs, and to Starz for the scheduling info)


Troopers 2 airs on Encore Action and Starz Edge in January and February [14 Jan 06] *** "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" airs in January and February on the  Encore Action and Starz Edge Channels *** -- The Encore Action and Starz Edge Channels, part of the Starz Entertainment Group, will air "Starship Troopers 2"  throughout January and February.

Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title. When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. Disgraced and imprisoned in the outpost's incinerator for killing his commanding officer, he is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax is called upon to rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

Various Encore Channel listings for "Starship Troopers 2" 
Encore Action Channel: Jan 9th - 27th
Starz Edge Channel: Feb 6th & 26th

For further details, go to the Starz website at:
http://www.encoretv.com/appmanager/seg/e

(Thanks to TV-now.com for the ST2 heads up, to Danny for the ST2 screengrabs, and to Encore for the scheduling info)


Richard plays Det. Kirk in Decoys on Cinemax Asia [14 Jan 06] *** Catch Richard when "Decoys" airs on Cinemax Asia in January *** -- Cinemax Asia will air "Decoys" on January 15th at 1:00pm and 19th at 9:40pm, Singapore time. Richard plays Det. Francis Kirk in the Canadian-made tongue-in-cheek blend of sci-fi and horror.

Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and April 2003 for his role in Decoys, which director Matt Hastings described as "American Pie meets Species" -- a sci-fi thriller set on a college campus. Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk. According to the script, "He's a young cop who knows that he won't be in this small town busting college students for party pranks for much longer. He thinks he belongs somewhere between NYPD Blue and the cover of GQ."

The Species connection comes into play in the form of the beautiful and -- let us say -- otherworldy young women who descend upon the college campus in search of healthy and libidinous young men. Much as in Richard's 1998 version of I Married a Monster, alien beings come to Earth in search of mates -- only this time, it's the Outer Space womenfolk who are eager to reproduce. Unlike their Monster counterparts, these alien "femmes" are quite literally "fatales," as their reproductive process leaches the body-heat right out of their unfortunate paramours.

Richard's Detective Kirk becomes involved when the extraterrestrial temptresses leave a string of frozen young men in their wake.

(Thanks to tv-now.com for the sheduling info)


The Sentinel comes to Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station [14 Jan 06] *** The Sentinel now airing in original, uncut form  on Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station ***-- SPACE is now airing The Sentinel on Tuesdays, at 10:00pm ET with the episode repeating the following morning at 10:00am.

Richard Burgi plays series lead Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working as a detective for the Cascade PD in his Washington State hometown. Ellison finds himself almost overwhelmed when his dormant, and repressed, hyperactive senses are brought back online after a period of solitude on a remote stakeout. Anthropology doctoral candidate Blair Sandburg (Garett Maggart), whose chosen field of research is "Sentinels" -- people with such enhanced senses -- has the answers Ellison needs to control and work with his powerful and unpredictable abilities. Ellison's long-suffering captain, Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young) helps Ellison and Sandburg make the most of Ellison's sensory advantage by watching their backs and keeping their extrasensory escapades under the radar as much as possible.

January schedule, Season 2 episodes:
Jan 17th - "Second Chance"
Jan 24th - "Black or White"
Jan 31st - "Blind Man's Bluff"

For further details, go to the website of Space: The Imagination Station:
http://www.spacecast.com

(Thanks to Laura, Katherin, and Kay Lynne for the SPACE heads up, and to Steffi for the screengrabs)


Richard Burgi plays Lt. Womack in The Message [14 Jan 06] *** Firefly now airing on Canada's Space: The Imagination Station, airing Wednesdays at 10:00am ET -- catch Richard in "the Message" *** -- The Space: The Imagination Stationl has secured rerun rights to all fifteen episodes of Firefly, Joss Whedon's short-lived "Western in space," and has incorporated the show into its Wednesday daytime lineup.

Visit Space: The Imagination Station's Firefly page at: 
http://www.spacecast.com/shows_Firefly.aspx

Richard Burgi appears as Lt. Womack in "The Message," the shows' 13th episode. Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December 2002, "The Message" was one of the last of 14 episodes (15 with the pilot split in half) ordered by FOX, and the last episode filmed. According to a brief description of the episode, "the crew must deliver the corpse of an old war comrade home, but things are not as they seem."

The script had this to say of Alliance Enforcement officer Womack: "He's been around the block, and likely beaten up everybody on it."  Womack was intended to be a recurring character -- a shady lawman who would undoubtedly cross paths with the Serenity at the most inconvenient times. 

"The Message" is scheduled to air on Feb 1st 2006

(Thanks to Becky and Earthgrazer for the screengrabs)


Richard's episodes of The District airing on the USA Network [14 Jan 06] *** Richard's episodes of "The District" airing in repeats on the USA Network***  -- With CBS having dropped "The District"  from the Fall 2004 schedule, the USA Network  has picked the show up for syndicated broadcast.

USA is currently airing the show weekdays at 9:00am ET.  Remember to check your local listings or the USA Network site for additional information:

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/thedistrict/

USA's episode rotation "reboots" the show this month with Season 1, Richard's heaviest season -- seven episodes in all. His first episode, "Worst Block," will most likely air on January 17th, followed by "Surveillance" on the 18th and "How They Lived" on the 20th.

The show is also airing in syndication in Singapore, where we assume  Season 1 is now in full swing.

A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can be found on the Filmography page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the  District Guide page.

Richard appeared in three of the show's four seasons in a total of twelve episodes, playing the recurring role of the prickly and suspicious Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

Unfortunately, the show did not take maximum advantage of the Hunter character, though they established an intriguing back-story for him in the first season episode "The DC Strangler." Ella Farmer (played by the late Lynn Thigpen) told Chief Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) a bit about Hunter. He was a highly-decorated officer with a relatively high solve rate while in Homicide, a department he left after discovering his wife -- also a police officer --  in bed with his partner..
 

(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, to Gerri for the Singapore broadcast info, to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Catch Richard in Judging Amy on TNT [14 Jan 06] *** Look for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" ***-- Richard appeared in six episodes of the recently canceled CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy

Judging Amy airs in two-episode blocks weekdays as part of TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where it appears Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 1:00pm ET/PT.

At present TNT is airing First Season episodes of Judging Amy. A rough estimate places the start of Richard's episodes in mid February:

"The Justice League of America" -- Feb 15th
"Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" -- Feb 20th
"Lost In The System" -- Feb 21st
"People of the Lie" -- Feb 27th
"The Best Interests of the Child" -- Mar 1st
"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" -- Mar 8th

A complete list of Richard's Judging Amy episodes can be found at the Filmography Page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the Judging Amy Guide page.

Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

TNT's website -- http://www.tnt.tv/

TVNow listing  -- www.tv-now.com/

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the Judging Amy screengrabs, to TNT for the scheduling info, and to the Epguides website for production details)


[13 Jan 06]*** Check out the Burgi Bonanza at amazon.com *** -- All the items listed below are available at either amazon.com or its subsidiary, amazon.ca, and all feature Richard Burgi in some capacity. **NOTE** Always verify the current prices at Amazon.com, as they do fluctuate with market forces.

Your amazon.com account information will work equally well with the Canadian subsidiary.

Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/

Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
 
The Sentinel Complete First Season DVD available for pre-order

The Sentinel: Complete First Season (3pc) (Full) (1996) DVD Set -- $27.99 (30% discount)
Release date: April 18, 2006. Now available for pre-order.
ASIN: B000E0LLQ8

Richard plays Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working in his Washington State hometown as a detective in the Major Crime unit. Ellison is genetically blessed -- or cursed -- with enhanced senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are all far more acute than the norm. With the aid of graduate student Blair Sandburg, Jim learns those like him are called Sentinels, and in ages past, they served as watchmen and protectors of their communities. More importantly, he learns how to use his senses to his advantage as a modern-day crime-fighter.

Action: Complete Series DVD available for pre-order

Action: Complete Series (2pc) (Full) (2000) DVD Set -- $16.99 (32% discount)
Release date: February 21, 2006. Now available for pre-order.
ASIN: B000CQQ18K

Richard plays Cole Riccardi in two episodes of the controversial and short-lived Fox series. "Pilot" introduces us to Peter Dragon and his production company, and to Cole Riccardi, Dragon's action movie leading man of choice. "Blowhard" finds Dragon backing himself into a corner when he scrambles to convince closeted Cole that coming out as a gay man isn't a prudent career move.

In Her Shoes Widescreen DVD available for pre-order

"In Her Shoes" (Widescreen Edition) (2005) DVD -- $16.98 (43% discount)
Release date: January 31, 2006. Now available for pre-order.
ASIN: B000CCW2P2

Richard plays Jim Danvers, a senior partner at the law firm where Rose Feller (Toni Collette) works. Jim, something of a cad, strives to mend his ways while involved with Rose, and all is well until Rose's floozyish sister Maggie (Cameron Diaz) takes up temporary residence on her sister's couch. Rose catches Jim and Maggie en flagrante in her bed, which launches the film's major character odysseys for the Feller sisters.

Seinfeld Season Five DVD now available

Seinfeld Season Five (1990) DVD Set -- $26.47 (47% discount)
Release date: November 22, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B000BBOUEU

Richard appears on Disc 4 in "The Hamptons," playing Dr. Ben, the handsome pediatrician Elaine takes a shining to. Elaine is quite pleased to be described as "breathtaking" by Ben, until she realizes he uses the same word to describe their hosts' spectacularly ugly baby. Meanwhile, George suffers cold water induced "shrinkage" and is seen naked by Jerry's girlfriend.

The Flash complete series DVD available for pre-order

The Flash - The Complete Series (1990) DVD Set -- $41.99 (30% discount)
Release date: January 10, 2006. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B000BPL2EM

Richard appears in "Deadly Nightshade," playing handsome, wealthy, and mentally unbalanced Curtis Bohannan. Tormented by the deeds of his deceased father, Bohannan takes up the persona of a hero of yesteryear, a vigilante known as the Deadly Nightshade. Unfortunately, Bohannan is considerably more reckless and violent than the original, and soon crosses swords with The Scarlet Speedster himself.

Richard appears in all 13 episodes

Point Pleasant - The Complete Series (2005) DVD Set -- $31.99 (20% discount)
Release date: October 25, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B000A9QKT6

Richard appears in all 13 episodes of the short-lived FOX dramatic supernatural series, playing Dr. Ben Kramer, patriarch of the Kramer family. Ben and his family -- wife Meg (Susan Walters) and daughter Judy (Aubrey Dollar) -- take the mysterious Christina (Elisabeth Harnois)into their home as she strives to find out who she is and where she comes from.

Desperate Housewives Season 1 DVD set and companion book available

1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season (2004) DVD Set -- $38.98 (35% discount)
Release date: September 20, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B00079FU16

2) Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors (Paperback; first season companion book) -- $12.21 (32% discount) 
Release date: September 28, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ISBN: 1401308260

Richard appears in 3 episodes of the first season of ABC's blockbuster satirical drama series. The third episode introduces him as Karl Mayer, flaky midlife-crisis-ing ex-husband of Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer. Karl remains a part of Susan's life as the father of their teenage daughter, and pops up to bedevil Susan at the most inopportune times.

Both the series and Teri Hatcher earned Golden Globes for this season.

Richard appears in 12 episodes of Season 1

24 Season One (2001) DVD Set -- $44.99 (25% discount)
ASIN: B00005JLF2

Richard appears in 12 episodes of the first season of FOX's ground- and record-breaking drama series. The first episode introduces him as Alan York, concerned father of a missing daughter. As the series unfolds, we discover Alan is not who he appears -- he is, in fact, Kevin Carroll, a cold-blooded assassin and mercenary.

The series and series lead Kiefer Sutherland would go on to earn Golden Globes for this season.

Richard's character mentioned in book on 24's Season One

24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $11.53 (32% discount)
ISBN: 0060535504 

This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story. Richard's character, the murderous mercenary Kevin Carroll, is shown to be an ex-Fed with an unsavory past.

 

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season  (2001) DVD Set -- $63.99 (25% discount)
ASIN: B0001906X6

Richard appears in the episode "High and Low" as paragliding instructor Rick Weston. (Trivia note: "Starship Troopers 2" costar Colleen Porch also appears in "High and Low").
 
 

 

Cellular DVD now available

Cellular (2004) DVD, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $10.99  (27% discount)
ASIN: B0006D3HGA

Richard plays Craig Martin, husband of Kim Basinger's Jessica Martin.
 
 

 

Cellular novelization may offer additional insights into Craig Martin

1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- (no longer available)
ISBN: 1844161048

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $14.99 (12% discount) 
ASIN: B00049QLC8

The novelization will be an interesting read, especially if it delves a little deeper into the character of Craig Martin (Richard's role in "Cellular")

"Cellular" is also available on DVD. 
 

The US-market DVD doesn't include bloopers or deleted scenes

Decoys (2004) DVD [US market version] -- $21.99 (12% discount)
ASIN: B0002J4X3O

Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk in this tongue-in-cheek take on the "aliens need humans to reproduce" sci-fi theme. Director Matt Hastings has described "Decoys" as a meeting of "American Pie" and "Species."

There are two versions of the DVD currently available. The US-market version available through amazon.com does not include the deleted scenes and bloopers included in the Canadian-market version (see next entry).

Canadian-market Decoys DVD has deleted scenes and bloopers

Canadian-market version from amazon.ca
Decoys (2004) DVD -- CDN $13.46 (10% discount)
ASIN: B00029QQRK

New release: 07 June 2005

The Canadian-market DVD includes an assortment of deleted scenes, the bloopers, a "making of" special, and a photo gallery. The deleted scenes help explain some aspects of the film which are confusing or vague in the theatrical release, and Richard's scenes and bloopers are hilarious.

Richard appears as Womack in The Message

1) Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $34.99 (30% discount)
ASIN: B0000AQS0F

2) Firefly (Original Television Soundtrack) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $13.49 (25% discount)
ASIN: B000BL14PQ

Richard appears in the episode "The Message" as Lt. Womack, an unscrupulous Alliance Enforcement officer. Womack is after an old war buddy of Malcolm and Zoe's and is quite determined to get what he's after.

Had the series continued, Womack would probably have become a recurring character.

Starship Troopers 2 DVD and Soundtrack available at Amazon

1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $9.97 (33% discount)
ASIN: B0001XAOQ6

New release: 07 July 2005

2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98
ASIN: B00028HOC2

Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax in "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation." The DVD includes the widescreen movie, a "making of" featurette which includes interviews with the cast and behind the scenes footage, a photo gallery, and look at the animation process. 

The soundtrack CD presents the entire "Troopers 2" suite, which includes the haunting Dax's Theme.



[14 Jan 06] *** 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
RBFC
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
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, or to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center .


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