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Last Updated: 30 January 2001

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

Richard's episode of "Matlock" to air on WGN and TBS

Richard's episode of "Who's the Boss?" coming up on the Fox Family Channel

Watch Richard's "VIPER" episodes on the USA Network

Richard featured in "TipWorld" online television trivia

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 -- *** ADDRESS UPDATE ***

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

[01/030/01] *** 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 a total of five episodes for the 2000-2001 season (which are listed below).  Though the season has not yet finished filming, Richard does not expect to appear in additional episodes this season, as the show's producers will be concentrating on their main character ensemble.

Though Richard was on call for episode 12 -- "Old Ghosts" in the production sequence -- Captain Hunter was not included in the episode, which focused on detective McGregor's past conflicts with a Sinn Fein negotiator.  (An earlier episode included a scene between Hunter and McGregor which revealed Hunter's knowledge of McGregor's Belfast background; this probably would have factored into "Old Ghosts" had Hunter been written into the final script).

This would be a great time to send CBS some feedback on "The District" and Captain Hunter -- let them know you've enjoyed seeing Richard on their show and would enjoy seeing even more of him in the Fall 2001 season.  Simply visit the CBS website's "District" page and use the feedback link.

*Richard's episodes this season (Note: the pilot is designated as episode '1.00')

Season One -- 2000-2001

  • "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)
"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 Roger Straftord[01/30/01]  *** Richard's episode of "Matlock" to air on Cable's WGN  -- Wednesday, January 31st at 5am and 12pm ET  -- and  on TBS Thursday, March 1st at 12pm Eastern***  Watch for Richard in Matlock's "The Dame" as ne'er-do-well piano player and ladies' man Roger Stratford.  "The Dame," set in Ben Matlock's (Andy Griffith) youth, is precipitated by an elegant older woman confronting Ben in a restaurant and slapping him across the face.  As Ben strolls down "memory lane," the picture shifts to black and white.

The story revolves around a young wife of a wealthy but older husband who convinces her young lover -- Roger -- to help her murder the unfortunate husband. Naturally, the lovers' carefully-schemed and orchestrated murder and cover-up begins to fall apart under the unrelenting scrutiny of Matlock Senior, resulting eventually in the calculating widow attempting to save her own neck by setting Stratford up to "take the fall."

Ben Matlock's sleuthing father figures out that Roger and the murderous widow concocted and carried out the murder together, with the widow later setting her hapless lover up for the killing. Stratford's eventual fate is not mentioned, though it is safe to assume he was tried and convicted for his part in the murder scheme.

(Thanks to Rhonda for the scheduling information and to Dianne Force for the screen-grab)

RB as Mike Va Salle[01/30/01]  *** Richard's episode of "Who's The Boss?" to air on Cable's Fox Family Channel -- Monday, February 5th at 12:30am  ET (late Monday night) ***  Watch for Richard in the episode "Tony Micelli, This is Your Life," as baseball superstar Mike Va Salle.

Tony (Tony Danza) is visited by old baseball team-member Mike Va Salle, who -- through a twist of fate -- went on to baseball fame and fortune while Tony left the game and found his way, eventually, to the Bower household.  Tony, with the aid of his "guardian angel" coach (played by Brandon Maggart, father of "Sentinel" costar Garett Maggart), is given a chance to see what his life would have been like if he, rather than Va Salle, had made the game-winning play and gone on to baseball superstardom.

(Thanks to Rhonda for the schedule information)

RBinViper02[01/30/01]  *** Richard's episodes of "VIPER" to air on Cable's USA Network -- first season begins to air again the week of February 19th at 1:30am ET (late Monday night) ***  Watch for Richard in the first season episodes "Once a Thief," "Ghosts," "Firehawk," and "The Scoop," playing Lane Cassidy -- suave, sophisticated, unscrupulous and amoral business tycoon and head of "The Outfit," Metro City's version of organized crime.

Filmed in Toronto, Ontario in 1993, and starring James McCaffrey as Joe Astor, driver of Metro City's secret "Defender" supercar, the first season's 13 episodes were produced for NBC.  When the series was revived for first-run syndication in 1996, it was moved to Vancouver and eventually joined Pet Fly Productions stablemate "The Sentinel" at Paramount's Bentall Street facility.

Richard's airdates are as follows:

  • Once a Thief -- Thursday, February 22nd at 1:30am ET (late Thursday night)
  • Ghosts -- Tuesday, February 27th at 1:30am ET (late Tuesday night)
  • Firehawk -- date TBA, 1:30am ET (late night)
  • The Scoop -- date TBA, 1:30am ET (late night)
(Thanks to Rhonda for the schedule information)

[01/17/01]  *** Richard featured in internet "TipWorld TV Trivia" ***  Richard was recently featured in a two-part trivia question from TipWorld.  The question was:

"The Sentinel" was described as a combo sci-fi and police drama. This hour-long series aired on UPN from 1996 to 1999.  It starred Richard Burgi as a police detective who had acquired extrasensory skills during an 18-month period of having survived a crash in the Peruvian jungle. Because of his extraordinary senses, some called him a "human crime lab." Naturally, it came in very handy in his detective work, except that he couldn't control when these senses would suddenly "turn on," and it was during those episodes that he became physically vulnerable. What was the name of this leading man who was the sentinel?

The answer was posted the following day:


Answer to our previous question: Last time we asked you to name the character, the man they called the Sentinel, on the show of the same name. "The Sentinel" was described as a combo sci-fi and police drama. This hour-long series aired on UPN from 1996 to 1999. It starred Richard Burgi as a police detective who had acquired extrasensory skills during an 18-month period of having survived a crash in the Peruvian jungle. So what was the name of the leading man who was the sentinel? It was Detective Jim Ellison. The show was actually not renewed by UPN for 1999; it was only because of viewer letters and complaints that UPN brought it back for another round of shows, which put a resolution to the cliffhanger left at the close of the '98 season.

(Thanks to Kat for the trivia from TipWorld)

[[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, 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)

[01/30/01] *** 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.


[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

(Thanks to Carla for the update)

[01/30/01] *** 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.

NOTE: SciFi is running a Sentinel "Chain Reaction" as part of its Superheroland schedule -- five back-to-back episodes on Monday, February 12th, starting at 11am ET/PT.

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

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 -- Out of the Past
  • Friday, 02/02, 9am ET/PT -- Flight
February 05 - 09
  • Monday, 02/05, 9am ET/PT -- Reunion
  • Tuesday, 02/06, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Deep Water
  • Wednesday, 02/07, 9am  & 2am ET/PT -- Payback
  • Thursday, 02/08, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- True Crime
  • Friday, 02/09, 9am ET/PT -- Ice Man
February 12 - 16  *** "Superheroland" Chain Reaction showing on Monday ***
  • Monday, 02/12, 9am ET/PT -- The Rig
  • Monday, 02/12, 11am ET/PT -- Switchman
  • Monday, 02/12, 12 noon ET/PT -- Siege
  • Monday, 02/12, 1pm ET/PT -- Killers
  • Monday, 02/12, 2pm ET/PT -- The Debt
  • Monday, 02/12, 3pm ET/PT -- Cypher
  • Tuesday, 02/13, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Spare Parts
  • Wednesday, 02/14, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Second Chance
  • Thursday, 02/15, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Black or White
  • Friday, 02/16, 9am ET/PT -- Blind Man's Bluff
February 19 - 23
  • Monday, 02/19, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Pre-empted
  • Tuesday, 02/20, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Hear no Evil
  • Wednesday, 02/21, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Light my Fire
  • Thursday, 02/22, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Secret
  • Friday, 02/23, 9am ET/PT -- Dead Drop
February 26 - March 02
  • Monday, 02/26, 9am ET/PT -- Red Dust
  • Tuesday, 02/27, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Smart Alec
  • Wednesday, 02/28, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Private Eyes
  • Thursday, 03/01, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- TBA
  • Friday, 03/02, 9am ET/PT -- TBA

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 or with comments on Richard Burgi and The Sentinel).

[10/05/99]The SciFi Channel has an excellent Sentinel page at its website. The page, which can be found at, 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 or with comments on Richard Burgi, The Sentinel, and their very nice Sentinel web page).

[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 also 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!)

[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!

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