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Last Updated: 08 May 2002



Repeat after me... Richard's "Just Shoot Me" to air in syndicated reruns May 9th

... his "Wild Thornberrys" episode to air on Nickelodeon Friday, May 10th

...and "I Married A Monster" slated to air on Sci-Fi Channel May 19th

Richard's next episode(s) of CBS's "Judging Amy" to air Tuesday, May 14th (and possibly May 21st)

Watch for Richard on upcoming episode of "Inside Edition"

"Johnny On The Spot" to open May 25th for a six-week run

Richard hoping to attend Moonridge Celebrity Event and "Demon Under Glass" mini-con

"Wheelmen" now scheduled for early August premiere

United Kingdom viewers can now watch "24" on BBC / Channel 2

European fans, Action to air on Germany's Pro7 in April

"The District" airing in Germany and Holland -- VOX in Germany and Nederland 1 in Holland

"The Sentinel" returns to French and German television -- Kabel1 and Premiere SciFi in Germany

Write to Richard through the RBFC

"The Sentinel" still on US Sci-Fi Channel hiatus

** To refer back to earlier News pages, visit our Archive Page and select the appropriate quarterly listing **


RB's Nomad woos Wendie Malick[05/08/02] *** Catch Richard's "bad, bad boy" act in "Just Shoot Me" syndicated repeat  -- Thursday, May 9th in syndication  (check local listings for time and channel) *** -- Richard plays action hero Robert "The Nomad" Galatin in the Fall 2000 episode "Mum's The Word."

When "Blush" fashion editor Nina Van Horne (Wendie Malick) disrupts a location shoot for "The Nomad" by literally falling all over star Robert Galatin, he falls himself -- for Nina. Robert pursues Nina, much to the delight of "Nomad" fan Finch (David Spade) and consternation of "Blush" boss Jack Gallo (George Segal).

Romance blooms, and all seems well -- until a particularly sticky thorn appears in the form of Robert's undying "mama's boy" devotion to his wily and overbearing mother, Lillian (Eve Brenner).

(Thanks to Steffi for the JSM screengrab)



RB's Poacher #1 grabs Eliza[05/08/02] *** Get wild with Richard when "Wild Thornberrys" repeats Friday, May 10th at 2:00pm ET/PT on Nickelodeon *** Richard's episode of the popular childrens' animated series "Wild Thornberrys," titled "The Trouble with Darwin," will repeat on the kid's cable channel Nickelodeon this coming Friday.

Tune in at 2:00pm ET/PT, 1:00pm Central to catch Richard as the appropriately-named Poacher #1, a stout, bald, moustachioed ne'er-do-well with evil designs on Eliza Thornberry's chimpanzee buddy, Darwin. (Famed anthropologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, voices Eliza Thornberry's hero -- Dr. Jane Goodall).

(Thanks to Sandy for the schedule info, and to Becky for the screen-grab)


RB being Monster-ous[05/08/02] *** Richard behaves Monster-ously in May  -- Sunday, May 19th at 1:00pm ET/PT ***  Catch Richard's 1998 outing as alien-possessed insurance salesman Nick Farrell when the Sci-Fi Channel airs "I Married a Monster," the Paramount Television remake of the 1950's cult classic.

Unknown to anyone save the family dog, Nick Farrell is waylaid by aliens on the eve of his wedding and seemingly possessed by one of the unsavory visitors. Nick's fiancee, Kelly Drummond (Susan Walters), senses something is different about her childhood sweetheart, but attributes it to pre-wedding jitters. The marriage proves to be anything but a honeymoon, and when Nick's eccentric behavior starts spreading to the rest of the town's men-folk, Kelly becomes suspicious. Much to her horror, she learns of the desperate alien plot to repopulate their own species by breeding with human women. Can she save herself, Nick, and the rest of the townsfolk before it's too late?

(Thanks to Stefanie for the schedule info, and to Steffi for the  IMAM screengrab)


RB and Amy Brenneman checking in for reunion[05/08/02] *** Possible back-to-back Burgi on "Judging Amy" -- Tuesday, May 14th and 21st at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***  Richard has done one, if not two, additional episodes of "Judging Amy." The first, confirmed episode -- "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" -- airs May 14th, with a possible appearance in the second, "Come Back Soon" (the season finale) airing May 21st. (The TVGuide online synopsis says:  "...[Amy's] will is visibly shaken when her ex-husband takes legal action to change their custody agreement" ).

Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS drama was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (March 26th) which reintroduced viewers to Michael Cassidy. (The role has been played in previous seasons by John Slattery, who was apparently unavailable due to his current commitment to the series "Ed").

Filmed in early April, the May 14th episode brings Richard's recurring "Judging Amy" appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy Gray's (Amy Brenneman) ex-husband Michael Cassidy likely in the Fall 2002 season.

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

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

To learn more about "Judging Amy," visit the show's homepage at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/judging_amy/

(Thanks to Kat for the info, and to Erin for the screen-grab)



[05/08/02] *** Look for Richard in a celebrity yoga feature on "Inside Edition" *** -- Filmed on April 19th, Richard is featured as one of the celebrities who practice yoga. The piece focuses on Brenda Strom (we apologise for any misspelling). "Inside Edition" is a half-hour news show "now in its 14th season as television's longest-running, top-rated and most-honored syndicated newsmagazine series." Hosted by Deborah Norville, the King World syndicated show airs across the United States in a variety of timeslots.

Check local listings for air times and channels. (A list of affiliates can be found at the Inside Edition website -- www.insideedition.com )

(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the info)



[05/08/02] *** "Johnny On The Spot" to open at the Matrix Theatre May 25th *** -- Richard will be playing two roles -- Fred and Sy -- in the Neil Landau-written "comedy-drama about the fear of responsibility and missed opportunities as a young man journeys through the past, present and future."

Directed by Jules Aaron, the play is being staged at the Matrix Theatre, located at 7657 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. "Johnny" is currently scheduled to run from Saturday, May 25th through Sunday, July 7th, with five shows per week -- 2pm and 7pm Sundays, and 8pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Ticket price is $25. Call 323-856-4200 for further information.

The L.A. Times "Calendarlive" web page for the Matrix Theatre is also a handy source of updated information on the play.

NOTE: All roles are understudied, with the understudies assured of at least one regular-cast show in addition to an all-understudy show, so it is advisable to confirm Richard's show-dates with the Matrix box office.

Storyline and casting details

"Johnny is in trouble. His girlfriend is pregnant with his baby, but he's far from 'father material,' and terrified to step up to the plate. To make matters worse, he was abruptly fired today from his job as a life insurance adjustor; actually, he was blacklisted from the entire insurance industry for playing Robin Hood and committing fraud. When his girlfriend offers him an ultimatum and walks, Johnny hits rock bottom. Tonight, with the help of some of his dearly departed life insurance clients, he must go on an odyssey into his painful past, chaotic present, and uncertain future to unscamble the static that is part of the omnipresent radio broadcast inside his head. Tomorrow morning, he will make the biggest decision of his life..."
 

RB and JOTS castmates
  • Richard Burgi as Fred/Sy
  • Jason Brooks as Johnny
  • Miriam Flynn as Mom/Bridge/Mrs. Tollins
  • Hugh O'Gorman as Joe

[JOHNNY]  CAST -- ACTOR JASON BROOKS. 38. A life insurance adjustor. A boyishly good-looking, charismatic pothead. Anxious to find his place in the world and to understand humanity -- but doesn't have a clue. Loves Drea truly, madly, deeply...

[DREA/DOT/FANTASY MOM] CAST -- ACTOR HELEN CATES. 38. Johnny's girlfriend. A nursery school teacher. Pretty in a gamine, off-beat way. Effortlessly sexy, confident, tolerant to a point -- but don't push her. Lives for structure...

[MOM/BRIDGE/MRS. TOLLINS] CAST -- ACTOR MIRIAM FLYNN. 50ish. Bridge: a tough, hard-living broad who always says what's on her mind. Mom: overmedicated and lives in denial...

[FRED/SY] CAST -- ACTOR RICHARD BURGI. 50ish. Fred: morose and disappointed by love. Sy: his charm and bravado mask his true psychosis...

[RAY/DEAN] CAST -- CORT MCCOWN. 40. Ray: flamboyant, whimsical, naughty, flaky, utterly self-absorbed. Dean: angry, macho, materialistic, always horny -- all covers for his wounds...

[JOE] CAST -- ACTOR HUGH O'GORMAN. 39. Johnny's late father. A man's man. Laconic, paternal. Slight Brooklyn accent...

[JOEY] 12. On the verge of 13. Athletic, rebellious, but wants and needs his dad's approval...

(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the "Johnny" information; more as we receive it)



[05/08/02] *** Richard hoping to attend the Moonridge Animal Park Celebrity Event (June 1st) and the "Demon Under Glass" Mini-Con (June 22nd) this coming June *** Richard has said he would like to attend the two June events, time, schedule, and commitments permitting.

Moonridge Home For Life logoRichard hopes to join "Sentinel" costar Garett Maggart at the Moonridge Animal Park Celebrity Event in Big Bear Lake, California, this coming June 1st.  The Second Annual Celebrities and Wildlife Event (10am - 4pm) and Celebrity Goldrush Banquet (6pm) are scheduled for Saturday, June 1st. Proceeds of both will go towards funding the relocation of the Park and its inhabitants, a move made necessary by the expiration of the park's old lease. (The relocation to the new San Bernardino National Forest site is estimated to require $10 million ).

The Celebrities and Wildlife Event, which takes place at the Park from 10am - 4pm, costs $15 per adult and $10 per child. The Celebrity Goldrush Banquet takes place after the Park has closed and is held at 6pm at the nearby Convention Center. Banquet tickets cost $50 per person.

Specifics on purchasing tickets for the Celebrity Events can be found on the Official Garett Maggart Website at www.garettmaggart.net. Simply click on the "Moonridge" button for the ordering and pricing information.

To learn more about the Moonridge Animal Park itself, and the vital work it performs, visit the Park's informative and picture-laden site at www.moonridgezoo.com.

Richard also hopes to join "Sentinel" costars Garett Maggart and Bruce Young at the Saturday, June 22nd mini-convention for "Demon Under Glass," Garett's new sci-fi/fantasy movie. The mini-con, to be held at the Los Angeles Furama Hotel, is part of a longer event celebrating "Demon Under Glass."

Attendance at the mini-con is limited to those who have purchased a Platinum-level membership ($225) in the "Demon Under Glass" fan event. Further information can be found at the two "Demon Under Glass" websites as well as at the Official Garett Maggart Website. The URLs are as follows:

Demon Under Glass movie site -- http://www.DemonUnderGlass.com/

Demon Under Glass Fan Club -- http://www.dugfanclub.com/

Official Garett Maggart Website -- http://www.garettmaggart.net/

(Thanks to Kat, Tamy, and all who provided info on the Moonridge and DUG events)


RB's Kevin smells -- and sees -- a rat[04/10/02]*** UK viewers, catch "24" on BBC and/or Channel 2  at 10:00pm, possibly on Saturdays ***  Check local listings for specific schedule information.

Series lead Kiefer Sutherland plays the part of CIA Counter Intelligence Unit agent Jack Bauer, who has 24 hours to stop an assassination attempt on Presidential nominee David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), while Richard's Alan York (later revealed to be Kevin Carroll) -- aided by Bauer's wife Teri (Leslie Hope) -- searches for their two missing daughters, Janet and Kim (Elisha Cuthbert).  (The girls, best friends, have been abducted). The series will build to its climactic finale in episode 24 -- "zero hour," so to speak.

(Thanks to Sheila and Andi for the UK schedule info)

For synopses of Richard's eleven episodes, visit our "24" guide page.

Richard's episodes

  • "Midnight - 1:00 AM"  -- episode 1.01 -- aired November 6th '01 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "1:00 AM - 2:00 AM" -- episode 1.02 -- aired November 13th '01 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "2:00 AM - 3:00 AM" -- episode 1.03 -- aired November 20th '01 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "3:00 AM - 4:00 AM" -- episode 1.04 -- aired November 27th '01 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "4:00 AM - 5:00 AM" -- episode 1.05 -- aired December 11th '01 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "5:00 AM - 6:00 AM" -- episode 1.06 -- aired December 18th '01 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "6:00 AM - 7:00 AM" -- episode 1.07 -- aired January 8th '02 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "10:00 AM - 11:00 AM" -- episode 1.11 -- aired February 12th '02 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "11:00 AM - 12 Noon" -- episode 1.12 -- aired February 19th '02 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "12 Noon - 1:00 PM" -- episode 1.13 -- aired February 26th '02 at 9pm ET/PT
  • "1:00 PM - 2:00 PM" -- episode 1.14 -- aired March 5th '02 at 9pm ET/PT (Richard's last episode)
To visit the FOX website and learn more about the current season, go to www.fox.com; for more detailed information on "Twenty Four," visit FOX's page at www.fox.com/24/

(Thanks to Becky for the "24" images)


RB and Jay Mohr in Pilot[04/27/02]*** "Action" now airing on Germany's Pro7 -- premiered  April 22nd *** European viewers will once again be able to catch Richard's risque romp as action-movie hero Cole Riccardi when the short-lived FOX series, "Action," joins the Pro7 lineup in April. Pro7 is free TV and can be viewed throughout Europe. The show is dubbed into German.

Richard appears in two episodes -- "Pilot" (the first episode) and "Blowhard" (the fourth) -- as action-movie hero Cole Riccardi.

When introduced in the pilot episode, Cole Riccardi( Richard Burgi) is attending the premiere party for his latest movie, "Slow Torture," made by producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr). Riccardi schmoozes with the press and stops for a photo op with Dragon before settling in at the head table and chatting up Dragon's unintended guest for the evening, child actress turned call girl, Wendy (Illeana Douglas). Cole, it turns out, once guest-starred on Wendy's television show.

Sadly, "Slow Torture" is a flop, leaving Dragon in hot water with his financial backers and in search of a make-or-break movie. With Wendy's help, Dragon finds the one script with real potential -- "Beverly Hills Gun Club."

RB abd Jay Mohr in BlowhardCole returns in "Blowhard," the fourth episode of "Action." Dragon has decided to hire Riccardi to play the hero in his new movie, "Beverly Hills Gun Club." No sooner has Dragon signed a contract with Riccardi than Cole appears on his doorstep late one night with a surprise announcement -- he's gay, and wants to come out of the closet. Peter sees his new movie -- and career -- going down the tubes, so he schemes to keep Cole safely in the closet by claiming to be a closeted gay man himself. Cole gets the wrong impression and makes romantic advances which Peter, trapped by his lies, cannot get out of.

Dragon is in for another shock when his new financial backers announce they do not want Riccardi in the movie. With Riccardi signed to a pay or play contract, Dragon has to somehow get his star to back out of the project. Dragon pays a visit to Cole's apartment and convinces him to come out, turn his back on Hollywood, and seek fame and fortune on the stage in New York. Riccardi agrees, and comes out on national television -- E! News Daily, no less -- and decides to out his "lover," Peter Dragon, in the process.

(Thanks to Steffi for the schedule info)



Hunter stalking his prey[04/27/02]*** "The District" is now airing on Dutch as well as German TV  -- Fridays at 23:20pm on Nederland 1 in Holland, and Wednesdays at 21:10pm on VOX in Germany. ***  Richard appears in seven episodes of the show's first season.

For synopses of Richard's episodes, visit our "District" episode guide.

"The District" will remain in the Wednesday at 21:10pm timeslot throughout its VOX run.  Thus far, VOX has bought 23 episodes (the first season) which will be dubbed into German and titled "The District - Einsatz in Washington."

Though VOX is private TV, it should be available "free and clear" throughout Europe, even though dubbed into German.  Those with satellite systems can tune in using the following coordinates:

ASTRA reception area Transponder 89 (27500,3/4) ASTRA-1H
Free General Entertainment German 12.1875 GHz / H 19.2 degrees E

ASTRA reception area Transponder 05 (,) ASTRA-1F
Free General Entertainment German 11.27325 GHz / H 19.2 degrees E

(Thanks to Steffi for the scheduling information)



Richard's episodes (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 (rerun March 17th 2001)
  • "The Santa Wars" -- episode 1.10 -- Saturday, December 16, 10pm ET/PT (rerun July 7th 2001)
  • "The D.C. Strangler" -- episode 1.11 -- Saturday, January 6,  10pm ET/PT (rerun June 2nd 2001)
  • "The Agony and the Ecstasy" -- episode 1.19 -- Saturday, April 21, 10pm ET/PT (rerun July 28th 2001)
  • "Running Towards Fire" -- episode 1.20 -- Saturday, April 28, 10pm ET/PT (rerun August 11th 2001)
"The District," which premiered 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 plays the recurring role of Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the Internal Affairs division.

To learn more about "The District," visit the CBS Website "District" page.

(Thanks to Steffi and Jacqueline for the schedule info, and to Steffi and Becky for the screen-grabs)


RB as Jim Ellison[04/27/02] *** "The Sentinel" now airing on Germany's Kabel1*** "The Sentinel" is airing on Tuesdays at 22:15 (10:15pm). As Kabel1 is not "pay tv," viewers throughout Europe and Northern Africa with access to the Astra satellite system can catch all 65 episodes of "The Sentinel." Note: "The Sentinel" is dubbed into German for the Kabel1 broadcast.

There is also the possibility that Germany's PRO7 network will add "The Sentinel" to its schedule once more.

[03/28/02] ***UPDATE*** Kabel1 is adding "The Sentinel" to its Premiere SciFi Channel (commercial-free pay TV) starting on May 1st. Check your local listings for time and dates!

[01/11/02] *** "The Sentinel" returns to French television  -- Monday to Friday (or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at 18:55 (6:55pm) on France's M6.*** French viewers will be able to catch Richard as Detective Jim Ellison now that "The Sentinel" has returned to French television.

Check your local listings for schedule information and episode names, or visit the M6 website's schedule search page at http://programmestv.m6net.fr/soc3/partners/m6net/searchresults.jsp?searchtext=Burgi&startdate=allWeek

(Thanks to Christine and Steffi for the European "Sentinel" information)


[05/06/02] *** "Wheelmen" official website is now online *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," is now open for business at  http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com/. The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.

**UPDATE: "Wheelmen" now expected to premiere at the end of July, or first week in August ** -- According to Director Dirk Hagen, post-production work on "Wheelmen" is in the final stages and on schedule for the Summer release mentioned above. At present, we are expecting "Wheelmen" to premiere on the big screen.

Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries.

The "Wheelmen" site also includes a detailed press release (excerpted below), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff.

WHEELMEN
Production Information

RB driving limoNick Torino (RICHARD BURGI) is an ambulance driver at the top of his game. Thirty, tall and firmly built, Nick takes the business of saving lives seriously as he races his unit through the busy streets of Los Angeles. Forced to choose between being a responsible driver or saving the life of a pregnant mother, Nick does what he has to do to deliver his passengers to the hospital. Once there, Nick discovers the mother has died moments after giving birth to a baby boy. The moment is a bittersweet one for Nick and he returns to work a minor media celebrity. Unfortunately, he is now labeled a liability by his ambulance company and is unceremoniously fired.

We rediscover Nick six years later as the acting manager of a floundering Los Angeles limousine service. Nick does his best to both run and drive for Venture Limousines with little help from Tony Cavalcante (JACK McGEE), the golf loving, absentee owner. In Nick´s care are five other "wheelmen": Paul (MICHAEL FAIRMAN), a distinguished gentleman and twenty-year veteran of the limo world; Vladimir (ELYA BASKIN), a Russian ex-bodyguard who´s traded in his two-pack-a-day cigarette habit  for the icy goodness of Slurpees; Kristen (LISA ARTURO), a sexy knockout who is nonetheless "just one of the guys"; Ralph (ADAM BIESK), a potted plant with a Class C license; and Andy Cooper (WILLIAM GREGORY LEE). Andy is a likeable, happy-go-lucky twentysomething who lives every night  like a Saturday night. His cavalier work attitude is a constant source of frustration for the controlling Nick. Andy is openly gliding through life waiting for what he calls "The Great Benefactor" - that one special client whose generosity will set Andy up for life.

Erin Daniels, RB, and Alexander GouldAs if putting up with Andy wasn´t enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy  named Arthur (ALEXANDER GOULD) patiently waiting for him in his office. Nick is stunned to learn that Arthur is the little boy from his last day as an ambulance driver. After noticing several bruises on Arthur´s neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services.

It is there Nick meets Gwen (ERIN DANIELS), a loving social worker previously assigned to Arthur´s case. It seems Arthur´s father has been abusive in the past, which triggered Arthur´s search for Nick to become his surrogate father. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealously as he too has a crush on her.

Back at Venture Limousines Andy has found what he believes to be his ultimate client, and convinces Nick to join him as he picks up Bernard "Barny" Albert Tomlinson (RAINN WILSON). The enigmatic Barny tosses hundred dollar bills at Nick and Andy as if they were confetti. Meanwhile, having been given the "prestige gig" assignment to drive for the Vice President of the United States (JAMES AVERY) motorcade, the other Venture limo drivers are put through rigorous training under the scrutiny of the Secret Service.

Out in the desert, Barny turns out to be more than a handful for Nick and Andy. The man is paranoid, speaks in riddles, prefers being naked and really wants to see the Grand Canyon. In addition, unbeknownst to the trio, two mysterious men are pursuing them. Partway through the trip Nick discovers Arthur has stowed away in the limo. The little boy has been beaten again and Nick makes the decision to let Arthur join in their adventure rather than return the kid immediately to his father.

William Gregory Lee, RB, and Rainn WIlsonIt is not until Barny has seized control of Nick and Andy´s limo, crashing it and stranding them in the desert, that Barny reveals he is in fact an ex-Secret Service agent. According to Barny, the Vice President holds the deciding swing vote in a controversial matter and that there is a plot to kidnap and hypnotize him. Nick and Andy are not convinced by Barny´s story and it is not until they have a run-in with the goons that have been following them that they decide to help. The four of them must now find a way back to Los Angeles in time to thwart the kidnapping attempt of the Vice President as well as warn the other Venture Limousine drivers.

Directed by Dirk Hagen from an original screenplay by William Arance and Mitch Wilson, Wheelmen is a production of Stretch Pix. John Orland is the producer. Lexi Alexander and Robert Ulrich are the co-producers. Gary Lowe is the line producer. The director of photography is Don Fauntleroy, production designer Robert Hummel, costume designer Emmy Taylor, and the editor is Sherril Schlesinger.

About the production...

According to an ancient proverb, "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." For Wheelmen, that step was taken seven years ago when producer John Orland (The Bad Pack) gave a script by William L. Arance to his colleague, freelance producer and cinematographer Dirk Hagen. He was instantly intrigued because the world of limousines was new to him. "It introduced a group of eclectic and quirky soul searchers who come together and bond," Hagen says. He was attracted to the tragic yet comedic tone and a storyline that examines human nature and friendship. Hagen´s main challenge, besides the fact that Wheelmen would be his first feature film as a director, was to incorporate a romantic element in a "non-cliched way."

Co-producer Lexi Alexander (Foolproof), whose friendship with Hagen spans nearly the same time as the script´s incubation period, also recognized the story´s assets and the needs of the production. She brought in veteran casting director Robert Ulrich ("Dark Angel," "Melrose Place") to serve as co-producer and create an ensemble of young and old Hollywood. Praising Hagen as a first-time director, Alexander calls him "an actor´s director because he approaches talent like a big brother," guiding the actors but letting them bring their own character back stories, gestures, dialogue and other improvisation to the set.

Venture Limousine crewProduction began in Culver City, on October 10, 2001, shooting for nineteen days. Locations ranged from downtown Los Angeles to Lancaster in the desert. Veteran director of photography Don FauntLeRoy (Jeepers Creepers) was very clear on the look of the film but had to find ways to make shooting inside a limousine interesting, fresh and not claustrophobic. Production designer Robert Hummel (Paper Bullets) enjoyed the challenge of creating quality sets in multiple locations on a modest budget, embracing the mantra of "repaint, reuse and recycle." Costume designer Emmy Taylor (Blue Ridge Fall), outfitting most of the cast in traditionally black limo uniforms, reflected the diverse personalities of the "wheelmen" through their shirts and ties.

The entire cast loved the director´s enthusiasm and welcomed the opportunity to improvise. Rainn Wilson (Almost Famous) was attracted to the script because of the ensemble cast of insane but real people thrown together. Michael Fairman (Mulholland Drive) met with Hagen and Alexander and instantly liked them: "They are good people who allow you to be creative - the mood and tone of the production was positive, there were no egos and everyone had a good time." Greg Lee ("Xena: Warrior Princess") respected the talented crew but found it hard to keep a straight face with all of the comedians in the cast. Richard Burgi ("The Sentinel") sums up the feeling on the set by adding, "Dirk is the glue keeping everyone together and he has a good heart."

**NOTE** -- To read the complete press release, visit the "Wheelmen" website at www.wheelmenthemovie.com/ and go to the Publicity section

(Press Release and images courtesy of the "Wheelmen" website -- photographer: Jennifer B. Copp)



RB and castmates
Wheelmen cast

Richard Burgi 

top row
  • Lisa Arturo
  • Desmond Askew
  • James Avery
  • Elya Baskin
  • Adam Biesk
  • Erin Daniels
  • Dwight Ewell
bottom row
  • Michael Fairman
  • Alexander Gould
  • Eileen Grubba
  • Jason Kravits
  • William Gregory Lee
  • Rainn Wilson


Pics from SFX article[01/18/02] *** "Wheelmen" update *** --  Richard's work on "Wheelmen" was finished in time for the holidays, leaving only the post-production work to be completed. According to an article in the February issue (# 87) of the magazine SFX, "Wheelmen" is due to open late Spring 2002.

According to the article, Richard and costar William Gregory Lee play drivers for an LA-based limo service. Rainn Wilson's character -- a former Secret Service agent -- tells them of a plot to assassinate the Vice President to keep him from casting a critical vote. Burgi, Lee, et al have to evade the bad guys and get back to save the day.

PICTURE, TOP LEFT: One of two pictures in the SFX article. Richard is to the left of the car and costar William Gregory Lee is to the right. BOTTOM LEFT: Waiting to film a scene are, L to R, William Gregory Lee, (we assume) Rainn Wilson, and Richard Burgi (leaning in doorway).

Interested in ordering the issue? The distributor for SFX is Futurenet, which has both a website and an email address. The website URL is http://www.futurenet.com/futureonline/magazine.asp and the email address is backissues@futurenet.com

NOTE: There is some question as to the correct issue number for the February edition; either #81 or #87.

(Thanks to Tamy for the information on the SFX article and the picture scans)

To learn more about "Wheelmen" from the viewpoint of Richard's stand-in, Eric Prescott, visit the suite101 website to read "Standing In," an online article by Prescott dated October 17th.

The article URL is: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/10148/82721

(Thanks to MJ for the Prescott article URL)


[04/24/02]*** 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.



[04/24/02]*** "The Sentinel" still on SciFi Channel broadcast hiatus *** -- No further details from SciFi on when -- or if -- "The Sentinel" will return to its schedule, though a statement issued when the show was pulled gave January 2002 as a likely -- and now overdue -- reintroduction date. More detailed information and updates can be found at the SOS website, which can be found at www.sosthesentinel.net/

In the meantime, SOS advises that Sentinel (and Burgi) fans send the folks at Sci-Fi periodic reminders that their Sentinel audience is still in place and eagerly anticipating the show's return to the Sci-Fi schedule.  This can easily be done via e-mail, or through the Sci-Fi website's "feedback" system -- or, if one feels especially energetic, by post-card or letter.

Sci-Fi Channel website:  http://www.scifi.com/

e-mail addresses:  program@www.scifi.com or feedback@www.scifi.com

"snail mail" address:
The Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10028

The SciFi Channel has an excellent Sentinel page at its scifi.com website. The page, which can be found at www.scifi.com/sentinel/, 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.

(Thanks to SOS for the advisory announcement. Visit SciFi's website for information on the network and its schedule or e-mail SciFi at programming@scifi.com or feedback@scifi.com with comments on Richard Burgi and The Sentinel).

 

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