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Last Updated: 08 March 2004


Richard joins cast of new Cameron Diaz movie, "In Her Shoes"

Richard's sci-fi thriller "Decoys" premieres February 27th, receives mixed reviews

Look for Richard as Captain Dax when "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" premieres on the Encore Action Channel in April 2004 (DVD Region 1 release set for June 1st, 2004).

Fifteen-second Troopers 2 trailer begins airing on FOX channels -- longer trailers out soon

Feb-Mar issue of CFQ (Cinefantastique) features article on Troopers 2 - more to come in Apr-May issue

Richard completes filming on "Cellular," Kim Basinger thriller for New Line Cinema

Planet Scoop Magazine prints new interview with Richard in their Feb-Mar issue

Official RBFC charity, the FSLMMC, gets new name -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)

"Firefly" updates (Richard appears in final episode, "the Message," as Lt. Womack of Allied Enforcement)

Captain Hunter rides again -- catch Richard in Fall 2003 episodes of "The District"

Scheduling info for "The Sentinel," now airing in multiple markets -- USA, UK, Germany, France, Singapore...

Sci Fi's "Darklight" likely to air this summer; Richard plays Shaw

"Judging Amy" updates (Richard appears in multiple episodes)

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard Burgi joins cast of In Her Shoes [08 Mar 04] *** Richard joins cast of new Cameron Diaz film, "In Her Shoes" *** -- Richard has joined the cast of Fox 2000's "In Her Shoes," which stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard plays Jim Danvers, one of Rose's (Collette) love interests.  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 written by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. "In Her Shoes" will most likely premiere in 2005. Rebecca Klein, writing for The Action Insider, gives this brief description of the film's premise:

"This feature film from Fox 2000 will star Cameron Diaz as Maggie Feller, a free-spirited but immature party girl who dreams of stardom. She moves in with her career-oriented older sister Rose after getting evicted from her own apartment.

Sibling rivalry follows when Rose kicks Maggie out after she trashes the apartment and sleeps with Rose's boyfriend."

(Odds are good that Richard's Jim Danvers is the cheatin', heart breakin' boyfriend who two-times with Maggie).

Shirley MacLaine plays Ella Hirsch, Maggie and Rose's grandmother. Mark Feuerstein plays Simon Stein, another of Rose's boyfriends, while Ken Howard plays Michael Feller, Rose and Maggie's father.

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)


Richard Burgi and the lead cast of DECOYS [08 Feb 04] *** "DECOYS" premieres across Canada on February 27th, receives mixed reviews *** -- Though Canadian Burgi fans were delighted to see Richard on the big screen and greatly enjoyed his performance, fans and Canadian film critics alike tended to find the film holding its own in some areas and wanting in others.

Canadian moviegoers covered the critical spectrum, from "loved it," to "hated it," and all points in between. Some viewers greatly enjoyed the mix of dark comedy and horror, while others were put off by it, and some saw the film as more than a little campy. 

As Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun said, "Decoys is part science-fiction, part horror and part comedy, and some of the laughs are even intentional."  Braun added, "There's something breezy and cheeky about Decoys. The film's best feature is that it never takes itself too seriously, but that's also its biggest flaw." (Follow the link below to read all of Braun's review).

A selection of reviews can be found at the following websites:

Toronto Sun review:
http://jam.canoe.ca/JamMoviesReviewsD/decoys-sun.html

Calgary Sun review:
http://www.calgarysun.com/

Eye Weekly review:
http://www.eye.net/

Hollywood North Report review:
http://www.hollywoodnorthreport.com/

Viewer reviews are also available at various sites, which are listed below:

The IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at http://www.imdb.com/Title?0357585
and scroll to the bottom for viewer reviews

Toronto.com user reviews:
http://www.toronto.com/user_review?fid=12&id=857569

Cinema Clock Toronto user reviews:
http://www.cinemaclock.com/

The trailer can be downloaded at:
http://www.joblo.com/movietrailers2D.htm

(Thanks to Jenny and Deborah for the review information)


Richard Burgi plays Detective Francis Kirk in Decoys ** DECOYS Background *** -- Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and April 2003 for a role in Decoys, which director Matt Hastings describes 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.

According to the Ottawa Sunday Sun's 13 Apr 03 edition, Decoys"...is a 100-minute production by Canadian company Reel One Entertainment. Decoys was also co-produced by Ottawa-based company Sound Venture and will be distributed by The Movie Network, SPACE: The Imagination Station and Think Films sometime this fall."



PHOTOS: Top -- Detective Francis Kirk (Richard Burgi) and Luke (Corey Sevier) walk through a very unusual crime scene; Upper Middle -- Kirk walks away from Luke and back to work; Lower Middle -- Kirk gives Lilly (Stefanie von Pfetten) his business card; Bottom -- Detective Kirk hunts a killer on a cold and crowded college campus.


To learn more about Decoys, visit the Official Decoys website at: http://www.decoysthemovie.com/

Accumulated RBFC News page coverage can be found on our Decoys guide page.

The film is also now listed at the IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at http://www.imdb.com/Title?0357585

(Thanks to Richard Burgi for the heads up, to Marc Heller of Reel One Entertainment for the Decoys website info, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")

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Encore and Action Channel logos [08 Mar 04]*** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation to premiere on Cable on the Encore Action Channel in April *** -- According to the latest update at www.starshiptroopers2.net, Starship Troopers 2 will premiere on the Encore Action Channel as part of the channel's Saturday Action Zone lineup. Look for ST2 to air on Saturday, April 24th at 10:00pm ET with an encore on Wednesday, April 28th at 10:00pm ET.

Encore Action is a part of the Starz Encore Group, and can be found on many Cable systems as part of the premium channel package. For additional information, visit the Starz! website at: http://www.starz.com/se/action/index.html

 


Starship Troopers 2 DVD cover [08 Mar 04] *** Starship Troopers 2 DVD release dates announced for various regions *** -- With the film set to premiere on the Encore Action Channel in late April, Columbia/Tristar has announced DVD release dates for Regions 1, 2, and 4.

Region 1 (USA & Canada) -- June 1st
Region 2 (Europe, Middle East & Japan) -- April 19th
    * Poland -- June 29th
Region 4 (Australia) -- May 19th

Sony Pictures has decided to push the release date of the Starship Troopers 2 DVD back into the summer, with June 1st as the official "street date" for the DVD release in the USA. The film has been given an R rating by the MPAA.  While the reason for the push-back has not been announced, it certainly allows more time for a proper promotional effort. As mentioned above, the film is slated for an initial release on television, initially on the Encore Action Channel.  A theatrical release in foreign markets is still under consideration.

(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information)



[08 Mar 04] *** FOX Network to start airing 15-second Starship Troopers 2 trailer *** -- The 15-second ST2 trailer which premiered on the FX Channel during the recent FX DVD Awards Show will soon launch on the FOX Network to promote the film's release. The trailer is currently available as a Quicktime file at the www.starshiptroopers2.net website, or at the www.moviehole.net site. Richard appears in two scenes, first in a close-up where he can be heard saying "All personnel to the perimeter!" and shortly thereafter in a scene where he's standing at the left edge of the screen, firing a rifle at a Warrior bug as it pounces on some unfortunate Trooper.
Fifteen-second Starship Troopers trailer excerpts


[08 Mar 04] *** ST2 Trailer Update *** -- A new 1-minute theatrical-style trailer is now available at the www.starshiptroopers2.net website. The trailer is available in downloadable ZIP file format (recommended for repeat viewing). The new trailer features extended versions of the scenes shown in the 15-second version, along with new scenes and new graphics, and a colorful new Starship Troopers 2 logo.
60 second ST2 trailer now available
(Thanks to starshiptroopers2.net for the information)


** Scurrilous Commentary alert ** -- Contrary to some less than accurate (not to mention uncomplimentary) commentary recently posted to several sci-fi genre news websites, Starship Troopers 2 is intended to be released as a standalone DVD in most markets, not as part of a boxed set with the Troopers animated series. The decision to go straight to DVD was never indicative of the quality of the film, but rather made necessary by the constraints of the more modest production budget.


CFQ February-March '04 issue now available! [08 Mar 04] *** Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation featured in February-March 2004 issue of Cinefantastique *** -- Science Fiction and Fantasy genre magazine Cinefantastique, now also known as CFQ, is running the first part of a two-part article on ST2 in its current issue (see cover at left). 

The six-page feature (pages 28-33) consists of two sections -- "Getting the Bugs Out," which focuses on director Phil Tippett and his experiences on the production, and "Triumph of the Kill," which delves into the philosophical background of the original Starship Troopers film. Both are written by Jeff Bond.

Though some of the photos will be familiar to ST2.net visitors, the selection of eye candy is bolstered with several new photos, including one of  the parasitized Sgt. Peck (J.P. Manoux) looking ghoulish, and one of  effects supervisor Eric Leven modeling an unlikely chapeau -- one of his new bug creations. 

Richard makes an appearance as the heroic Captain Dax in a pair of pictures -- one as the clean-shaven, impeccably uniformed, and snarling Recruitment Video Dax, and one as the Dax found by the ill-fated Bravo Company -- scruffy, bearded, bloodied, weary... yet ready to blast some bugs with a massive pulse rifle.

The Troopers 2 articles are based, to some extent, on a set visit and interviews conducted while Paul Verhoeven, director of the original Troopers film, was visiting the ST2 set at the Manhattan Beach Studios. As only a very brief mention is made of the actors or their characters in this issue, we assume the second part of the feature will focus more on the cast and their characters.

Cinefantastique ran an earlier one-page article on ST2 in its August/September 2003 issue, mentioning Richard as the lead.

Additional information and updates can be found at the CFQ website at http://www.cfq.com/

(Thanks to Arek for the heads up on the CFQ article, and to Deborah for the scans and magazine)



[08 Mar 04] ** Additional articles, print and online ** -- With the release date for Troopers 2 approaching, articles and interviews are beginning to appear in the various sci-fi and fantasy genre publications. Most prominent, and recent, are:

CFQ / Cinefantastique -- February/March 2004 issue, Volume 36, #1, pp. 28-33) -- info at http://www.cfq.com/

Cinefex -- April 24th issue, #97 -- Q&A interview with Phil Tippett -- info at http://www.cinefex.com/

Cinescape Magazine -- issue uncertain -- info at http://www.cinescape.com/

Fangoria Magazine -- April 15th issue, # 232 -- article by Billy Bond -- info at http://www.fangoria.com/

Starlog Magazine  -- (may appear in Fangoria) -- article by Billy Bond -- info at http://www.starlog.com/

CG Channel website -- interviews with SFX supervisor Eric Leven and director Phil Tippett -- http://www.cgchannel.com/news/viewfeature.jsp?newsid=2139

DVD Video Magazyn (Poland) -- Volume 51/04

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net  website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net works in association with Moviehole and Tippett Studio to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

The Moviehole website can be found at http://www.moviehole.net.

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.

Visit our Starship Troopers 2 guide page to see previous News items.
 
RB as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2

(Top) Richard Burgi as Captain Dax: Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2. (Bottom) Richard Burgi stars as Captain Dax in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2
(Photos courtesy of Tippett Studios and www.starshiptroopers2.net, Copyright © 2003 StarTroop Pictures Inc. Photos by Paul M. Sammon)


 Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. He also made several follow-up visits to the Berkeley, California headquarters of Tippett Studios for additional post-production work during the final quarter of 2003. Richard plays Captain Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett shot from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studios produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man standing at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. 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 must 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...

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information and images).

Starship Troopers 2 announcement banner

Cellular cast combo pic with Richard [08 Feb 04] *** Cellular Update *** -- Richard completed principal photography on the New Line Cinema thriller Cellular in late November, playing the supporting role of Craig Martin, husband of kidnap victim Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger).  Cellular was written by Larry Cohen and directed by David Ellis. Filming on the Los Angeles-based feature ran from September through November 2003. The movie is expected to be released in summer 2004, with May mentioned on several sites as a possibility.

Cellular stars Kim Basinger as Jessica Martin, with Richard Burgi as Craig Martin, Chris Evans as Ryan Ackerman, William H. Macy as Bob Mooney, Jason Statham as Greer,  and Jessica Biel as Chloe. The Cellular page at the Internet Movie Database -- http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0337921/ -- gives the following summary:

"A young man (Evans) receives a call on his cellular phone from a woman (Basinger) who says she's been kidnapped, and thinks she's going to be killed soon, along with her husband and son who the kidnappers have gone after next. The catch? She doesn't know where she is... and his cell phone battery might go dead soon."

E! Online conducted interviews with actors William H. Macy and Chris Evans on the Cellular set, which are available as a trailer of sorts at the moviebox website, along with a small selection of publicity photos. The Moviebox site can be found at: http://www.themoviebox.net/

(Thanks to Richard for the heads up, and to Kat and Deborah for the research)



Richard is featured in the February-March '04 issue of Planet Scoop[08 Mar 04] *** French magazine Planet Scoop features interview conducted with Richard on Cellular set *** -- The February-March 2004 issue of Planet Scoop (Nr 23) ran a two-page article which included a full-page photograph of Richard and wife Lori (circa 1999), along with a selection of smaller photos and the interview. Titled "I'm not afraid of getting old," the interview touches on career, life, fatherhood, and the future.

Richard Burgi
"Cellular"
"I'm not afraid of getting old"

If  his square jaw and imposing stature are not unfamiliar to the stuff of the heroes he plays, there is however a real sensibility, rare in Hollywood, hidden behind the piercing blue eyes of Richard Burgi. In spite of a very busy schedule, Planet Scoop had the privilege to talk with the actor, (too much?) known for his part as Jim Ellison in "The Sentinel". The opportunity to discover Richard Burgi's private life…

It seems that you never stop playing…
"Indeed I was with Kim Basinger for 'Cellular', in which I portray her husband, wanted for murder. I just finished 'Firefly' in which I play a recurring part of the series created by Joss Whedon, Malcolm, a space cop investigating a murder. Then I filmed 'Darklight' this summer in Bulgaria with Shiri Appleby ('Roswell')… And let's not forget the sequel of 'Starship Troopers'…"

You are dogged by those cop or science-fiction roles…
"It's probably because of my look and my height, an intimidating side or a certain image of authority I give. In general, they're all heroes in their own way."

Do you like to give this image?
"Absolutely. Whether my characters are good or bad."

If you had to choose one of your characters, which one would it be?
"It's hard to answer that question : there are so many of them. However my favourite one was in a series called 'Action.'"

And James Ellison of "The Sentinel"?
"How could I forget him? That character was wonderful. That part was pure gold for an actor, a bit wild, and I had good times with it."

What do you bring to your characters?
"It depends. If they are bad, I try to increase the dark side in them. If they are good, I create some kind of liking and vulnerability.

More recently we saw you as Alan York in "24."
"Honestly, I would've liked to prolong this character's life. He was particularly interesting because I broke my image by becoming the awful villain."

Like a good adopted Californian you're also a surfer?
"I try to go in the water every morning, or take my son diving. I have two sons I admire, Jack and Samuel, who are 6 and 7 years old."

How would you react if they told you someday they wanted to become actors?
"I would ask them how they want to achieve that."

Easy : "Dad" is already an actor!
"So? What would that teach them? I'd rather them studied first, travelled and lived new experiences."

Which ones?
"For example, join the Army or study in another state, or learn to  play an instrument and hit the road with a band."

You are into music too. I believe you play drums…
"Yes, like my brother Chuck who's on Broadway in Billy Joel's 'Movin' out.'"

Did you ever think of singing?
"I would love to, on soul rhythms like Sam Cooke or Wilson Pickett. But for the moment I don't really consider myself as one of the best singers."

What will Richard Burgi look like in twenty years?
"That's funny, we were recently  talking about that with my wife. Maybe we'll leave the United States to go and settle in France or in Spain… and walk or bike across the country."

Are you afraid of getting old?
"No. I'm absolutely not afraid of getting old. As the years go by, I feel I'm growing old nicely, like a good bottle of wine."

From Los Angeles, Jean-François Vincent

Me, I…
"I have a much bigger ego than you can imagine (laugh). I try to repress it, but it's hard sometimes. Anyway, I don't know anyone without a real ego. One of the great fights of my life is to think of the other and open my heart. I've gotten to the point where I can now joke about it."

Small photos from Planet Scoop No 23 article
Planet Scoop Nr 23 - February-March 2004  - Translation from French : Christine Zwygart

(Thanks to Christine and Sylvette for the translation and the scanned article)


Richard and sea lion at the FSLMMC [08 Mar 04] *** The Official RBFC charity, the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC), chooses new name -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center ***  -- A recent letter from the MMC (excerpted below) details the name change:

"With the expansion of our responsibilities to include cetacean rehabilitation, as well as the expansion of our education programs to include a broader curriculum, we have made the decision to take a leap and give ourselves a name that more fully reflects what we do -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

We are excited about the new name, as it is more reflective of our work with all marine mammals, as well as of the ever-expanding scope of environmental education programs we offer. We have big plans for the next couple of years including a renovation of our upstairs education area and the reconstruction of our outdoor pools and pens to accommodate our steadily growing patient load and improve the water quality for the animals.

We are very proud of our history, founders, board members, staff, and volunteers, included. Who would have thought that the rescue of that first tiny harbor seal pup 33 years ago would have such an impact on the lives of the thousands of marine mammals that we have given a second chance at life? We are so grateful to those of you who are long-time donors and to those of you who are new friends. It is your support that has allowed us to build our solid foundation and to provide our quality animal care and education programs over the years. You can be assured that the core values and vision of our organization will always remain the same."

(Thanks to Deborah, Kat, and MJ for the info)


[08 Mar 04] *** FIREFLY UPDATES *** -- Firefly launches in the Netherlands on March 6th on YORIN; Joss Whedon gets green light for Firely feature, to be titled "Serenity."

** Dutch viewers, here's your chance to see Richard as the unscrupulous Lt. Womack! ** -- Firefly will air weekly on the Netherlands' YORIN channel, and will premiere on Saturday, March 6th. Richard appears in "The Message," the last episode filmed. Check your local listings to confirm times and dates!

(Thanks to Manuela for the scheduling info)

** Firefly feature film is a go! ** -- Joss Whedon's Firefly feature has been approved by Universal and will go into production this summer, with an anticipated 2005 release. The film is to be titled "Serenity" in order to help distance the feature from the TV version. A recent TV Guide newsletter had this to say:

"PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF: Joss Whedon's long-rumored Firefly feature film is finally airborne. Universal has officially green-lighted the project, which will be released under the title Serenity and pick up six months after the short-lived FOX series left off. The show's original crew -- headed by Nathan Fillion -- all will be back for the flick. Filming begins in June for a 2005 release."

As Richard's Lieutenant Womack of Allied Enforcement was intended to become a recurring character, the possibility exists that Womack -- and Richard -- will have a part in the Firefly feature. Should this indeed prove to be the case, we will provide updates here at richardburgi.com.

Richard Burgi as Lieutenant Womack in The Message
(Thanks to Margie and Deborah for the info on the Firefy film)

Firefly DVD box set; Firefly cast; Richard as Lieutenant Womack [08 Mar 04]*** Complete Firefly DVD boxed set now available at Amazon.com and your local retailer *** --  Released by FOX on December 9th,  "Firefly - The Complete Series" DVD box set is now available through Amazon.com and at your local DVD retailers. The boxed set includes the two-hour pilot and thirteen filmed episodes, plus cast and crew commentary and the gag reel.

 Richard's unsavory Lieutenant Womack of Allied Enforcement turns up in  "The Message," which can be found on the final DVD of the set. Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December 2002, "The Message" was one of the last of 15 episodes ordered by FOX. 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 Message" finds the crew of the Serenity making a quick stop for resupply and mail pickup. Mal (Nathan Fillion) and Zoe (Gina Torres) are the recipients of an oversize crate which, when opened, reveals the apparently dead body of their old war comrade Tracey. Back aboard Serenity, a recording reveals Tracey's wish that they transport his body back home.

As the Serenity lifts off, a battered Alliance Enforcement vessel lands. Lieutenant Womack and his team debark and head straight to the freight agency recently vacated by the Serenity crew. Seems he's come to retrieve the body of the dearly departed Tracey. 

The script has this to say of 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.

DVD commentary on "The Message" is provided by Alan Tudyk (Wash, pilot of the Serenity) and Jewel Staite (Kaylee, the ship's engineer), and is quite entertaining. Referring to Richard's character, they said:

AT: "He's a good example that the people in space are good looking people. He's a rugged, good-looking cop."
JS: "He's scary."
...
JS: "He does seem mighty dangerous. Did you see him on '24'?"
AT: "No!"
JS: "He was great! He was in the first season. He was amazing!"

For more information on Firefly, visit the FireflyFans website at http://www.fireflyfans.net

To order the Firefly DVD boxed set online, visit the Amazon.com website at http://www.amazon.com and type Firefly DVD into the search field.

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


[08 Mar 04] *** No new episodes of "The District" for Richard thus far in 2004 *** -- With the second half of the production season fast approaching the summer hiatus wrap date, time is growing short for Richard to appear in any further episodes this season. As of this date, he has appeared in three episodes of the Fall 2003 season -- the season premiere "Jack's Back," "Blind Eye," and "In God We Trust." This season, Richard's Captain Vincent Hunter was involved in the Temple Page story arc as a prosecution witness testifying against Page.  Of the three episodes, "Blind Eye" and "In God We Trust" have not yet repeated; they will most likely air again March and April.

Richard returned to the set of "The District" on Monday, October 27th to film a third episode of the show -- "In God We Trust," which first aired November 22nd on CBS (and will most likely repeat in April).

Richard as Captain Hunter in In God We Trust
"In God We Trust" finds Mannion hot on the heels of a would-be neighborhood Robin Hood who -- inspired by a mural of the Virgin Mary on the wall of Mannion's building -- begins distributing stolen money and merchandise to the poor and needy. Meanwhile, Detective Page's (Sean Patrick Thomas) wrongful death case proceeds to the courtroom, with Captain Hunter testifying for the plaintiff.  (This episode is the third of the three Richard has filmed so far this season).

Richard's earlier episode, "Blind Eye," first aired on Saturday, October 25th. According to the episode synopsis at the Zap2it website's tv listings, "A community creates their own undergound form of street justice when they become fed up with the flawed justice system; Mannion tracks down the person who received Ella's heart."

Richard Burgi as Captain Vincent Hunter in The District
Richard's Captain Hunter is once again involved in the legal proceedings against Detective Temple Page, which are now in the civil rather than criminal arena.  Unfortunately, Richard is only in one scene in this episode.

Richard was front and center in the teaser of "Jack's Back," the September 27th season premiere of The District. Hunter, in fine form and characteristically suspicious, cynical, and hard-nosed, takes special interest in the pursuit of an Internal Affairs investigation of Detective Temple (Sean Patrick Thomas) Page's  shooting of long-pursued drug dealer and murderer Lester Richards. Hunter features prominently in the episode.

Richard Burgi as Captain Hunter in Jack's Back
Richard spent a long day on the set of The District in late July, filming scenes for the premiere episode of the hit CBS drama before departing for Bulgaria and Darklight, a new film for the Sci Fi Channel.  The District airs Saturdays on CBS at 10:00pm Eastern.

Keep an eye out for all three episodes when "The District" begins its mid-season rerun cycle -- as always, check your local listings for airdates.

Richard Burgi as Captain Hunter in The District
Richard plays Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the Internal Affairs division of the D.C. Police Department -- a recurring role he has held since the show premiered in October 2000. Richard appeared in seven episodes of Season 1, and two episodes of Season 3. In one of the Season 1 episodes, "The D.C. Strangler," Richard's Hunter was teamed with Detective Temple Page (Sean Patrick Thomas) in the investigation of an unsolved serial murder case. Hunter and Page shared a scene in one of Richard's Season 3 episodes, "Good-bye, Jenny," and by the end of the season, Page's parter, Detective Kevin Debreno (Jonathan LaPaglia) had been transferred to Hunter's Internal Affairs division. This may mean Captain Hunter will be back on a more regular basis in the upcoming season.

(For possibly outdated International scheduling information, refer to our previous News pages, available through the Archive News links)

For further information on Richard's episodes of The District, visit our District Guide page.

(Thanks to Richard for the heads up, and to Lucy for additional details)


[08 Mar 04]*** The Sentinel airing on US Sci-Fi Channel in February and March***  -- The Sci Fi Channel Schedulebot listing for The Sentinel shows the following airdates. The Sentinel airs at 9:00am ET Monday - Friday.
Richard Burgi as Jim Ellison in The Sentinel
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
Sentinel on SciFi Banner
March 1st - 5th
01 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Sweet Science"
02 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Remembrance"
03 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Love Kills"
04 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Crossroads"
05 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Foreign Exchange"
March 8th - 12th
08 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Neighborhood Watch"
09 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Night Shift"
10 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Sentinel Too"
11 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Sentinel Too - Part 2"
12 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Murder 101"
March 15th - 19th
15 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Four Point Shot"
16 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Dead End on Blank Street"
17 Mar -- 9:00am -- "The Waiting Room"
18 Mar -- 9:00am -- "The Real Deal"
19 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Most Wanted"
March 22nd - 26th
20 Mar -- 9:00am -- "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg"
21 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Switchman" (pilot)
22 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Siege"
23 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Killers"
24 Mar -- 9:00am -- "The Debt"
March 29th - April 2nd
29 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Cypher"
30 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Night Train"
31 Mar -- 9:00am -- "Rogue"
01 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Love and Guns"
02 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Attraction"
April 5th - 9th
05 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Vow of Silence"
06 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Flight"
07 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Out of the Past"
08 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Reunion"
09 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Deep Water"
April 12th - 16th
12 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Payback"
13 Apr -- 9:00am -- "True Crime"
14 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Ice Man"
15 Apr -- 9:00am -- "The Rig"
16 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Spare Parts"
April 19th - 23rd
19 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Second Chance"
20 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Black or White"
21 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Blind Man's Bluff"
22 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Hear no Evil"
23 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Light My Fire"
April 26th - 30th
05 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Secret"
06 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Dead Drop"
07 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Red Dust"
08 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Smart Alec"
09 Apr -- 9:00am -- "Private Eyes"
May 3rd - 7th
03 May -- 9:00am -- TBA
04 May -- 9:00am -- TBA
05 May -- 9:00am -- TBA
06 May -- 9:00am -- TBA
07 May -- 9:00am -- TBA
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel     website for further details ( http://www.scifi.com/sentinel ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
(To review earlier, possibly outdated International scheduling information for The Sentinel, refer to our previous News pages, which are available through the Archive Page listings).

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


Richard Burgi & Shiri Appleby in SciFi's Darklight [06 Feb 04] *** Darklight expected to premiere on SciFi this summer *** -- According to Jeff Rank at the Sophia Sideshow, Darklight will most likely premiere in summer '04, and will be part of the SciFi Channel's Saturday lineup.

*** Darklight mentioned in Medialog Genre TV section of Starlog Magazine, Issue 315, October '03 *** -- Starlog details the Sci Fi Channel's 2004 original film lineup in its writeup.

"The SCI FI Channel has increased the number of all-new telefilms it's commissioning to 22 a year. They're all intended to bow in the Saturday Action Movie slot. Coming up in 2004 are Raptor Island, Chupacabra (it's loose on a cruise ship), Darklight, Dead Rail (aliens on a train), Larva, Hammerhead (Oh no -- it's a mutant shark beast!), Alien Blood and perhaps the most outrageous, Mansquito (scientist and subject get transformed into mutant mosquito beasts!). Really! You can't make this stuff up."

*** Richard films lead role in new film for Sci Fi Channel *** -- Watch the Sci Fi Channel website for news of Darklight, a Sci Fi Channel Original Production for the 2004-05 broadcast season. Richard plays Shaw, and is joined by Shiri Appleby (Roswell's Liz) as Lilith. Sci Fi veteran John de Lancie also stars in Darklight. An early Sci Fi Channel synopsis had this to say:

DARKLIGHT  A genetically-engineered creature carrying a deadly virus escapes from a secret lab and goes on a rampage, spreading the virus in the process. To stop the virus from reaching epidemic proportions, LILITH is recruited. A superhuman warrior cursed with immortality, LILITH must defeat the creature before it infects the entire planet. Directed by Bill Platt, former development executive for SCI FI Channel's short-film series Exposure. Production begins in Sofia, Bulgaria with UFO Films in July 2003.

Richard headed off to Sofia, Bulgaria in late July, with production starting on Monday, July 28th. Richard and costar Shiri Appleby were joined by John de Lancie during the second week of filming.  Principal photography wrapped  the week of August 18th. Post-production is likely to run into 2004, with Darklight expected to air in about a year's time. Darklight is a UFO Films production for The Sci Fi Channel.

According to the Sofia Sideshow, which chronicles the film production experience in Bulgaria, "Richard Burgi and Shiri Appleby were both a mass of good clean fun." 



PHOTOS: Top -- Richard and costar Shiri Appleby on location as Shaw and Lilith; Upper middle -- Shaw looks to be a "don't mess with me" kinda' guy; Lower middle -- Shotgun Shaw blasts the beastie; Bottom -- Lilith has a blast -- quite literally.


The Sofia Sideshow -- http://www.sofiasideshow.com

Unified Film Organization -- http://www.ufofilm.com

(Thanks to Richard for the initial heads up, to Deborah for the research, and to Jeff for the photos and background information)


[06 Feb 04]*** No sign of Michael Cassidy as of February in 2003-04 Season of Judging Amy*** -- With production on the "back half" of the season's episodes well underway, time is drawing short for Richard to appear this season as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. (Most shows are wrapping up by late April for the summer hiatus).

Judging Amy returned for Fall 2003 and promptly tossed Amy into turbulent seas, with a new and stressful posting as a criminal court Judge, an impending marriage to Stu fast approaching, and an interesting relationship developing between Amy and a prosecutor played by Adrian Pasdar. Though Amy soon returned to her true calling, Juvenile Court, and the wedding to Stu was called off at the altar, bringing Michael into the storyline in any meaningful way would have proved difficult at best.

Richard Burgi as Michael Cassidy
 Richard's most recent episode of Judging Amy, titled "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," originally aired 06 May 03 and repeated in September '03. With three months of therapy under his belt, Michael's attitudes have changed considerably, in ways which clearly surprise and move Amy. Will this bode well for Richard's return in the coming season? Time will tell, but there is clearly still an emotional connection between Michael and Amy which will complicate any marital developments on Amy's horizon.
Richard in Marry, Marry Quite Contrary
For further information on Richard's episodes of Judging Amy, visit our Judging Amy guide page, and browse through our archived News pages.

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


[06 Feb 04] *** 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 Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center .

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