Last Updated: 09 May 2003
Look for Richard's latest Judging Amy, "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," in summer repeats
[09 May 03] *** Richard comes under the wire with one more Judging Amy *** -- Richard's latest episode of Judging Amy, titled "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," aired Tuesday, May 6th at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS. Catch this episode, and "The Best Interests of The Child," when Judging Amy starts summer reruns.
"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" finds Amy (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a promising new relationship with Stu (Reed Diamond) which takes a somewhat unexpected turn when Stu proposes to her. TV Guide says of the episode:
"Amy feels conflicted about whether to tell Lauren that She's in a romantic relationship with Stu. Meanwhile, Peter worries Gillian is setting herself up for a disappointment bu believing that their baby is a girl. Elsewhere Kyle has a business date with Lily for the ballet; Kimberly Fallon (Alice Dodd) is in Amy's courtroom defending a 16-year-old's decision to get married; and Bruce ruffles a parole officer's feathers by personally investigating a teen's probation violation."
Amy's relationship troubles lead to a period of self-doubt, which comes to a head when Michael comes over to drop off one of Lauren's (Karle Warren) schoolbooks. Amy invites her ex-husband in for coffee and at first, Michael is hesitant, not sure exactly what to expect. Michael has just as many surprises for Amy, as he is gentle, compassionate and considerate when she reveals her doubts and fears to him.
Amy wonders whether her problems with long-term relationships result from her own inadequacies, going so far as to speculate that their own marriage problems may have all been her fault. Michael doesn't take the easy, self-serving route; instead, he gently jokes with Amy that her problems stem from her never having gotten over him, reminds her of the undeniable good times they shared, and lets her off the hook, displaying a new depth of self-awareness and compassion. As he tells her, once, a long time ago, he had a perfect marriage and wife and didn't know what he had until he had lost it. A warm hug and kiss later, Michael is out the door, reminding Amy that he'll pick their daughter up on the weekend as usual.
This most recent episode is Richard's sixth so far of the popular CBS drama as Michael Cassidy, ex-husband of Judge Amy Gray. His previous episode of Judging Amy, titled "The Best Interests of the Child," took Michael and Amy (Amy Brenneman) into court to bo battle for their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren). Michael stood a very good chance of winning the case, but he withdrew from the proceedings at the last minute. A confused Amy later learned that Michael's second wife had announced she was leaving him, which meant he could no longer offer Lauren the two-parent home he had counted on.
Richard officially returned to Judging Amy as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, was to figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."
To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/judging_amy/
Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!
Richard's episodes so far:
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."
(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on Richard's JA episodes, and
to Erin and Becky for the images)
[09 May 03] *** Richard lands Lead role in "Starship Troopers" sequel *** -- Richard will play the part of Dax, a "tough trooper," in the Jon Davison produced, Phil Tippett directed "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation." Dax is, we assume, the aforementioned "Hero" who leads a team of stalwart troopers in their defense of an abandoned outpost besieged by the movie's trademark "arachnids" -- truly nasty bugs with dark and dire designs on Dax's troops.
Joining Richard in "Starship Troopers 2" will be Billy Brown, Kelly Carlson, Cy Carter, Sandrine Holt, Ed Lauter, J.P. Manoux, Lawrence Monoson, Colleen Porch, Drew Powel, Ed Quinn, Jason-Shane Scott, and Brenda Strong.
Screenwriter Ed Neumeier discussed his script for the new Starship Troopers film in an interview with Moviehole: Movie News & Reviews (http://www.moviehole.net/). "The idea for the sequel was essentially that Phil Tippett should direct a movie. I have always had tremendous respect for Phil's talent and felt a great personal debt to him for the extraordinary work he did on both RoboCop and Starship Troopers. The script for Starship 2 pretty much took its cues from what Phil wanted to do and what was possible given the limitations of the budget. Phil's idea was that we should sort of reverse what had been done with the first two Alien movies. If Starship Troopers was a gung-ho bughunt adventure ala Aliens, then Starship 2 would be a more moody horror picture like Alien."
The film is currently expected to be released in 2004 ( http://www.lightsoutentertainment.com/movies/film.php?950 ) and is being shot in High Definition video, which will give the producers the option of a possible theatrical release as well as the officially-stated direct-to-DVD release.
Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the fan-run Starship Troopers 2.net website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net will work in association with Moviehole to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and will work with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.
(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation,
and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information).
[09 May 03] *** Firefly launches on UK's SciFi Channel -- Monday, May 12th at 8:00pm *** -- UK viewers will be the first to see Richard's Firefly episode, "The Message," when the UK SciFi Channel begins airing the cancelled FOX series. According to the UK SciFi website, the show will launch on Monday, May 12th with part 1 of "Serenity," the actual series pilot, with an encore showing at 11:50pm that evening.
Firefly update *** -- According to a recent article by Robert Bianco in the USA Today Print Edition, FOX plans to release Firefly on DVD, in wide-screen format, this coming December. Presumably this will be in the form of a boxed set, as there are only fifteen episodes, including the three final unaired shows. This may be the fastest way for North American viewers to see Richard's episode, "The Message," as the broadcast/syndication future of Firefly is still uncertain.
(Thanks to Haken at fireflyfans.net
for the DVD info, and to Gwen for the SciFi UK news)
[09 May 03] *** Remember to catch Richard's guest spot on the hit CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation when "High and Low" repeats -- Thursday, May 22nd at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***
Richard plays paragliding instructor Rick Weston in "High and Low," and is a suspect in the death of a hotshot paraglider named Jimmy -- a fellow Weston disapproves of, saying he "lacks discipline."
Remember to check your local listings to confirm time and channel!
(Thanks to Deborah for the CSI heads-up, and to MJ and Erin for the
[09 May 03] *** UK viewers, get ready! Sentinel to launch on Brit SciFi Channel on June 17th *** According to an article in the "In Production - News" section (dated 22 Apr 03) of the Cult TV website ( http://www.cult.tv/ ), The Sentinel will join the UK's SciFi Channel schedule on June 17th, airing Tuesday through Friday at 6:00pm.
(Additional scheduling info courtesy of Sheila: "The SciFi Channel seems to be stripping it Tuesday - Friday at 6pm, repeating each episode at 1pm next day (Friday's episode being repeated the following week), then on Sunday 22nd they're showing Switchman twice, morning and then 6pm again. On Sunday 29th they're showing Siege. So they're both stripping it and showing it weekly").
The Cult TV article, titled "Sentinel Debuts in UK," had this to say of the series:
"Richard Burgi is Detective James Ellison, who crashes during a tour of duty in the jungles of Peru, while serving with the US Army's Special Forces. Unknown to him, months in the wilderness have left him with many psychic and perceptual gifts. His senses are heightened, and five years after his return to the States, he finds that he can suddenly use these skills to the greater good in his home of suburban Cascade, Washington. He has become the type of person foretold by the legends of ancient tribes -- he is a 'Sentinel.'
With a loyal following in America and in various territories around the world, The Sentinel finally gains itself a UK transmission. Having run from 1996 to 1999, 65 episodes were produced, and it is only now, thanks to Sci-Fi (Channel), that the gifted cop can be appreciated by British audiences."
The article went on to give a short resume for Richard:
"Star Richard Burgi is easily recognisable to fans of the first season of 24. Although we all thought he was Alan York, father of a missing teenage daughter, he turned out to be hired assassin Kevin Carroll! He has recently been seen on CSI as a paragliding instructor, and has appeared regularly on Judging Amy Stateside, replacing John Slattery in the role of Michael Cassidy, ex-husband of Judge Amy Gray. He's also reprised his role of Captain Hunter in The District this year."
(Thanks to Gwen for the initial UK SciFi news, and to Kitty for the Cult TV update)
(Thanks to Christine for the heads up)
*** UPDATE: Sci-Fi Channel now airing The Sentinel weekdays at 10:00am ET *** Keep up with Richard as Jim Ellison now that The Sentinel is in an earlier spot on the Sci-Fi schedule, airing Monday to Friday at 10:00am ET/PT.
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
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.
(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox
for the images)
[09 May 03] *** Keep an eye out for Richard when CBS repeats "Good-bye, Jenny," the second of Richard's 2002-03 episodes (Saturdays at 9:00pm ET/PT)*** Richard's most recent episode of The District aired initially on Saturday, January 18th. Titled "Good-bye, Jenny," it is his ninth episode so far of the hit CBS drama. The TV Guide online description (available at http://www/tvguide.com ) reads as follows:
Richard's Captain Vincent Hunter becomes involved when it becomes evident that the evidence tampering was an inside job. As Officer Nancy Parras (Elizabeth Marvel) was the last person on record to have handled the cocaine, she becomes Hunter's initial focus.
In the "small, small world" category, one of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars -- Helen Cates -- also appears in this episode of The District, playing ballistics expert Carol Bodine.
No word so far as to whether Richard will be in any additional 2002-03 season episodes of The District, though at this point, iit is unlikely, as the show will soon be wrapping production until the Fall..
** French fans, look for Richard every Sunday at 3:30pm on Channel 2 ** The District recently joined the lineup on France's Channel 2, where it is known as "Washington Police."
For a complete listing of Richard's District episodes, visit our District Guide page.
(Thanks to Erin for the images)
[09 May 03] *** Richard plays a detective in new sci-fi movie "Decoys" *** Richard plays the part of Detective Francis Kirk in the Matt Hastings-directed sci-fi comedy "Decoys," filming in Ottawa, Canada from March 3rd to April10th. At present, no word on Richard's level of involvement in the story. The film is now listed at the IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at http://www.imdb.com/Title?0357585
Online hunting (thankyou, Google) has produced two detailed references and a freshly-minted "Decoys" website (the rather spartan "Decoys" site can be found at http://www.decoysthemovie.com ).
The first article is at www.spacecast.com, and has this to say of the project:
Forget about the legions of girls wearing low-rider jeans and baring
their navels in the name of fashion! It's a feature film like
Decoys features the hottest women on this planet - or any other for that matter - with bellybuttons that are quite literally, to die for! It's outer space meets inner science, with a cast of gorgeous women, alien creatures and bellybuttons of all shapes and sizes! Not to be missed, Decoys will breaking out and taking over theatres in 2003!
Stay tuned for all the thrilling details surrounding this wildly-anticipated
feature film! We'll be bringing you exclusive reports
The second reference is from The Ottawa Citizen, which has this to say of the film:
Thursday, February 27, 2003
A former Baywatch star and a soap opera actor are joining the cast of a big-budgeted sci-fi thriller that begins filming Tuesday in Ottawa.
Nicole Eggert, who played Summer Quinn for two years on Baywatch, and Joe Lando, a series regular on One Life to Live who more recently played on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, are appearing in Decoys, a $5-million feature film that will be shooting at various locations in the city.
It's the second movie in six months that is being filmed in Ottawa after last year's drama Outrage, which starred Alexandra Paul, also a former Baywatch regular.
Decoys is expected to hit theatres this fall.
Director Matt Hastings describes the film as "American Pie meets Species," although it will also have a "sci-fi bent" to it and some humour. It's the story of two beautiful female aliens who come to earth and begin a series of strange events at a college campus during a very cold winter.
Snow is an important element in the film -- the aliens are from an ice planet and need cold weather to survive -- and the recent big snowfall has been a boon for the production, he said.
"I'd say almost half the movie will be shot outside," said Mr. Hastings, who's been in Ottawa for a month scouting locations.
"Not a lot of the features have been shot here, and there's so many beautiful locations in the city that we will be tapping into."
The University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Father and Sons restaurant on Osgoode Street, other locations in Sandy Hill and the Lees Avenue campus of Algonquin College are slated for use.
Ottawa actress Krista Morin has one of the principal roles in the film, playing the part of Vikki Vickers, the head sorority sister at the college. She said the sudden arrival of these film productions is a good sign for Ottawa actors who have had to go elsewhere for film auditions.
"Ottawa is more of a theatre-based town, so this is pretty exciting.
Before, we used to go to Montreal for auditions and shoot
(Thanks toRichard Burgi for the heads up, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")
[09 May 03] *** Latest news on Richard's Trash *** -- May usually heralds the arrival of the Network "up-fronts," the media events staged by the networks to introduce their new Fall schedules. Shows will be selected for Fall premiere as well as mid-season replacement, with both being announced at or around the "up-fronts." The WB up-front will be held Tuesday, May 13th; we hope to have news of Trash's fate sometime thereafter.
[15 Feb 03] *** Richard films new pilot for the WB network *** -- Richard has a part in the new Chris Thompson-produced comedy Trash, a pilot for the WB network's Fall 2003 season, playing Bud Blue, father of a teenage daughter named Luna. The pilot episode filmed in late January as scheduled.
Trash is set in Antelope Valley, a community north of the Los Angeles metro area. Mac (Mike Erwin), 16 1/2, and his mother Lisa (Lisa Blount) move from Los Angeles to her home town, taking up residence in a trailer park. Mac's best friend is Gypsy (Samaire Armstrong), also 16. Gypsy's brother is considered the town bad boy. Naturally, they all live in the trailer park.
Mac gets a job mowing the lawn of the more well-to-do Blues and promptly falls for the lovely Luna (Pippi). Bud, it just so happens, has history with Mac's mother; he stood her up at the prom and ran off with -- and married -- some rich girl from the good side of town. Luna's mother -- and Mac's father -- are no longer in the picture. Naturally, Bud is less than thrilled to discover Mac's interest in his daughter and tries to warn him off.
The series is described by E! Entertainment TV's Kimberly Potts (TV Scoop) as "Romeo and Juliet set in a trailer park," and further described by Potts as "the early contender for what could either be the funniest new sitcom of next season or the worst, most offensive new sitcom of next season."
According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, Trash "has been in development at the WB Network for two years" and is now going ahead to the pilot stage as a Regency Television and Sony Pictures Television production. Trash has been "described as a Coen brothers-style take on the 'Romeo and Juliet' tale," adds the Reporter.
(Thanks to Becky and Kat for the information on Trash)
[15 Apr 03] *** French fans get to enjoy Richard's role in 24 all over again -- 24 launches April 2nd on French national TV, Chanel TF 1 *** 24 -- or "24 Heures Chrono" as it is known in French-language markets -- premiered on "free" television on Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:45pm. We are assuming a continuing Wednesday timeslot.
(Thanks to Sylvette for the update)
*** First season of 24 launches in Switzerland on French-language Television Suisse Romande -- Thursdays, starting on March 6th. *** According to TV8, the TV guide for French-speaking Switzerland, the first season of 24 will launch this Thursday in its first European non-pay TV broadcast. TV8 interviewed Richard for an article announcing the launch.
"I adored breaking my image!" - Richard Burgi
Having the looks of a poster boy for seduction and charm, Richard Burgi could easily have remained his whole life in soap operas like Days of our Lives, where he played the character of Phillip Collier. That would be misjudging the this actor who likes to play with his image. That's why, after being Detective James Ellison, the well known hero fighting for justice in The Sentinel, he has played various parts in sitcoms like Seinfeld, Veronica's Closet or in a hilarious episode of Just Shoot Me, recently seen on TSR [the Swiss French-speaking channel - ed]. In 24 Hours Chrono, he surprises us by playing yet another type of chaacter, the mysterious Alan York.
What did particularly interest you in this role?
In the first episode of the series, all we know about Alan York,
is that he is worried about his daughter. Can you really not tell us a
little bit more about him?
Is that really important?
After three seasons, the series The Sentinel was suddenly
Back in 1977, you spent six months in Switzerland, for your pleasure?
Interview by Isabelle Rovero.
(Thanks to Madeleine Viviani for the article scan and translation)
[15 Apr 03] *** "Wheelmen" sneak preview screening for the general public in Pasadena, CA -- Monday, March 10th at 10:00am at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 *** Director Dirk Hagen graciously invited the RBFC to the first public screening of "Wheelmen," which was held at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 at 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California at 10:00 am on Monday, March 10th.
Tickets to the matinee showing cost $5.50 and were available at the theater box office. "Wheelmen" is 93 minutes in length.
(Thanks to Dirk Hagen for the information and the invitation)
[16 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" to be represented at the American Film Market for foreign territories; domestic distribution negotiations continue *** In addition to presentation at the AFM, which opens Wednesday, February 19th, "Wheelmen" will be screened for international buyers on Monday, February 24th at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway in Santa Monica.
In addition to its theatrical release format, "Wheelmen" has been video-formatted for eventual television and DVD release.
[15 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" still awaiting finalization of distribution
arrangements; no word yet on revised release date *** "Wheelmen," which
stars Richard Burgi as former hotshot ambulance driver Nick Torino,
is currently awaiting a distribution deal. Once such a deal has been finalized,
the movie's release format will be decided and a release date announced.
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 Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.
The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page ), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).
WHEELMEN DRIVE ON!
LOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich , line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.
NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin , Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson , Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.
As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.
[09 May 03] *** 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
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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