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Last Updated: 07 May 2005

Richard returns to Wisteria Lane for "Desperate Housewives" season finale

20th Century Fox completes filming of all 13 "Point Pleasant" episodes

Burgi Movie Bonanza on Cable in May

Richard's episode of ABC's "Eyes" liable to air in summer months

New release dates for Richard's feature films:

Keep an eye on  The USA Network for Richard's episodes of "The District"

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

Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes also airing on The Hallmark Channel

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

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard returns to Wisteria Lane for season finale [07 May 05] *** Richard returns to Wisteria Lane for Desperate Housewives season finale -- Sunday, May 22nd at 9:00pm ET/PT*** -- Richard returned to Wisteria Lane late last month to take part in the season finale of ABC's blockbuster hit Desperate Housewives.

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

The Futon Critic website gave this description of "Desperate Housewives" shortly after its Fall 2004 premiere:

"A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on 'happily ever after,' 'Desperate Housewives' takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.

Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young... it's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V."

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website.

(Thanks to Deborah for the info, and to Danny for the screengrabs) 

Richard's Point Pleasant films all 13 episodes [07 May 05] *** 20th Century Fox Television completes filming of 13-episode Point Pleasant order *** -- Although the FOX Network officially cancelled the struggling supernatural drama as of March 24th (with the March 17th episode being the last one aired), 20th Century Fox decided to compete the 13-episode order. April 14th was the last day of filming for Point Pleasant.

Completing the production run allows 20th Century Fox to honor its international broadcast contracts and to offer a complete DVD package to the Home Video market. Series executive producer Marti Noxon advised fans to contact FOX and express interest in and desire for a DVD set.

 "If you feel inclined you can bug Fox studios to issue the season on DVD," said Noxon. "I know they are thinking about it - and you'd get to see all the "lost" eps, which will be airing overseas."

A good starting place would probably be the 20th Century Fox website -- -- with being a good alternate.

"Snail Mail" is often considered to be the most effective outreach method, and at this point, the actual production arm is the most likely candidate. As Point Pleasant is a 20th Century Fox Television Production, the following address is probably most appropriate:

P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900

As there is the slimmest possibility that FOX may decide to air the remaining episodes as summer filler, the FOX network email address may come in handy:

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 .

Episodes and US broadcast status:
"Pilot" (premiere part 1) -- aired 19 Jan
"Human Nature" (premiere part 2) -- aired 20 Jan
"Who's Your Daddy?" -- aired 27 Jan
"The Lonely Hunter" -- aired 03 Feb
"Last Dance" -- aired 10 Feb
"Secrets and Lies" -- aired 17 Feb
"Unraveling" -- aired 10 Mar
"Swimming With Boyd" -- aired 17 Mar
"Waking The Dead" -- unaired in US
"Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Choked" -- unaired in US
"Missing" -- unaired in US
"Mother's Day" -- unaired in US
"Family Style" -- unaired in US

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

Richard plays Det. Kirk in Decoys [07 May 05] *** Catch Richard when "Decoys" airs on The Sci Fi Channel -- Thursday, May 12th at 9:00pm ET/PT *** -- Richard plays Det. Francis Kirk in the Canadian-made tongue-in-cheek blend of sci-fi and horror, which airs this weekend on the Sci Fi Channel on Thursday, May 12th  at 9:00pm ET/PT.

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.

Richard plays Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2 [07 May 05] *** Catch Richard when "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" airs on Premium Cable's Encore Action Channel  -- Various times and dates in May *** 

Richard worked in early summer 2003 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. 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...

May airdates and times on the Encore Action Channel:
Friday, May 13th -- 10:00PM ET
Wednesday, May 18th -- 6:35PM ET
Sunday, May 22nd -- 4:20PM and 10:00PM ET
Tuesday, May 31st -- 4:50PM ET

Richard guests on new ABC drama, Eyes [07 May 05] *** Richard guests on episode of new ABC drama "Eyes" -- Wednesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT*** -- Richard was seen in launch promos for the new ABC drama Eyes, which premiered on ABC on  March 30th, and did indeed film an episode of the show. 

Richard's promo scenes are with series lead Tim Daly (Harlan Judd), which would lead to the assumption that his character is of some storyline prominence, but no episode information is given. (Casting breakdowns on the first few episodes do not mention Richard specifically).

As to ths show itself, the ABC website offers the following description:

"From the executive producer of Fastlane and the co-creator of the much-analyzed Profit comes Eyes, the suspenseful one-hour, midseason drama series full of risks, bluffs, blackmail and intrigue. If someone steals $100 from you, call the police. If they steal $100,00, call the FBI. But if you're the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and your chief financial officer embezzles $100 million on your watch, call Judd Risk Management. Eyes will premiere later this season on the ABC Television Network.

Run by sharp-witted, impulsive Harlan Judd (Tim Daly), Judd Risk Management is a discreet, high-tech firm that handles cases with the highest possible stakes, while operating at the absolute fringe of the law. Along with ruthlessly efficient Nora Gage (Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) and a staff of brilliantly skilled, driven individuals -- some with their own agendas and secrets -- Harlan does whatever it takes to prevail in a world of unsteady alliances and uncertain loyalties."

To learn more about the show, visit the official ABC website at:

In Her Shoes will now premiere in October [07 May 05] *** New premiere date announced for "In Her Shoes" *** -- The premiere of "In Her Shoes" has been pushed back to October 7th to allow the film to be considered for the next Academy Awards -- the Oscars.

"In Her Shoes" stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard joined the cast in February '04 and "wrapped out" in mid April with some location scenes in Philadelphia. 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 screenwritten by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. 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."

Shirley MacLaine plays Ella Hirsch, Maggie and Rose's grandmother. Mark Feuerstein plays Simon Stein, another love interest for Rose, 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

Production details on "In Her Shoes" can be found at the IMDb website at

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

Fun with Dick and Jane will now premiere in December [07 May 05] *** New premiere dates announced for "Fun with Dick and Jane" *** -- According to an article issued by, the premiere of "Fun with Dick and Jane" has been pushed back into December to give the producers more more time to complete the film. Sony's Jeff Blake told Reuters that they were having to rush to meet the original June premiere date, which made the Christmas holidays the best alternative.

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, apparently preying on their wealthy neighbors and friends.

Richard Burgi, who worked on the film for five weeks, plays neighbor Joe Klieman (spelling uncertain).

The production began principal photography  in Los Angeles in early September '04, with outdoor "neighborhood" location work taking place on the Rancho Palos Verdes, CA shoreline. The film has since done location work across Los Angeles and is now listed in post-production.

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

Richard's episodes of The District airing on the USA Network [07 May 05] *** 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 in two-episode blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:00am and 12:00 noon, with additional late-night airings throughout the week. Remember to check your local listings or the USA Networks website for scheduling information.

Richard's episodes of The District are:

  • "Worst Block" episode #1.03, prod. #102
  • "Surveillance" episode #1.04, prod. #103
  • "How They Lived" episode #1.06, prod. #105
  • "The Santa Wars" episode #1.10, prod. #110
  • "The D.C. Strangler" episode #1.11, prod. #109
  • "The Agony and the Ecstasy" episode #1.19, prod. #119
  • "Running Towards Fire" episode #1.20, prod. #117
  • "The Second Man" episode #3.07, prod. #307
  • "Good-bye, Jenny" episode #3.11, prod. #311
  • "Jack's Back" episode #4.01, prod. #401
  • "Blind Eye" episode #4.06, prod. #405
  • "In God We Trust" episode #4.09, prod. #409
Visit the USA Network site for additional information:

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..

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

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

Richard appears in six episodes of Judging Amy [07 May 05] *** Look for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" ***-- To date, Richard has appeared in six episodes of the popular CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. While Michael has not been seen since "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," he retains joint custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) and still has feelings for Amy. 

Meanwhile, viewers have a chance to catch up on Richard's episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where "Judging Amy" airs Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 1:00pm ET/PT.  Richard's episodes, in original order, are:

  • "The Justice League of America"  
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" 
  • "Lost in the System" 
  • "People of the Lie" (May 12th @ 12pm)
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" (May 13th @ 1pm)
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"  (May 20th @ 1pm)
Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

TNT's website --

TVNow listing  --

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)

Catch Richard in Judging Amy on the Hallmark Channel [07 May 05] *** Look for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on The Hallmark Channel ***-- To date, Richard has appeared in six episodes of the popular CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. While Michael has not been seen since "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," he retains joint custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) and still has feelings for Amy. 

Meanwhile, viewers have a chance to catch up on Richard's episodes on The Hallmark Channel, where "Judging Amy" airs at varying times in the afternoon and evening Monday - Friday.   Richard's episodes, in original order, are:

  • "The Justice League of America"
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition"
  • "Lost in the System"
  • "People of the Lie" (May 16th @10pm; May 25th @ 3pm)
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" (May 18th @ 10pm; May 31st @ 3pm)
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" 
Visit the Hallmark Channel website for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

Hallmark's website -- 

TVNow listing  --

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)

[07 May 05] *** Check out the Burgi Bonanza at *** -- All the items listed below are available at either or its subsidiary,, and all feature Richard Burgi in some capacity. **NOTE** The prices listed below may have changed since we last looked them up at (05 May 2005).

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

Amazon in the USA:

Amazon in Canada:
Richard appears in 12 episodes of Season 1

24 Season One (2002) DVD Set -- $41.99 (30% 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 Kevin Carroll, AKA Alan York, is discussed in both books

Books on 24 (both mention Richard's character)

1) 24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $11.53 (30% discount)
ISBN: 0060535504 
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story 

2) 24: The Unofficial Guide by Jim Sangster -- $69.70
ISBN: 1843570343
A more traditional approach to the series guide -- episode listings, production details, et cetera (now out of print)

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season on DVD -- $67.49 (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 -- $22.38  (20% discount)

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) -- $7.99
ISBN: 1844161048

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $16.98 
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 now available on DVD. The film lived up to expectations in theaters worldwide after premiering on September 10th 2004.

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

Decoys (2004) DVD [US market version] -- $22.46 (10% 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 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
Decoys (2004) DVD -- CDN $10.47 (30% discount)

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

Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $34.99 (30% discount)
ASIN: B0000AQ50F

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.

Richard plays Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $10.46 (30% discount)

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.

[07 May 05] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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

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