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Last Updated: 21 May 2003



Remember to catch Richard on CSI when "High and Low" repeats on May 22nd

Superstation WGN reruns Richard's "Matlock" on Monday, May 26th

Richard makes "District" season finale -- sort of. Catch his most recent episode in reruns.

Richard lands lead in new movie -- Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation"

"Wheelmen" gets International distribution deal, new "one sheet" promo poster

Soapnet cable channel gets 9,000 episodes of Burgi-era "Another World"

Will we see Richard's Trash in Fall 2003? Not on the WB...

Look for Richard's latest Judging Amy, "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," in summer repeats

Firefly premieres on UK SciFi Channel May 12th; FOX plans to issue show on DVD by December

Sci-Fi airing The Sentinel at 10:00am Monday - Friday

French fans, The Sentinel is back on M6!

Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk in "Decoys," filmed in Ottawa in March

24 premieres on France's national TV, Chanel TF 1 and airing in Switzerland; interview with Richard in TV8 magazine announces Swiss launch

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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[21 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 Burgi as Rick Weston in High and Low
Richard joined the cast of the popular crime drama for "High and Low," in which he plays a suspect in one of the apparent murders under investigation by Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) and his crack team of Las Vegas forensic investigators.

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 images)



[21 May 03] *** Cable Superstation WGN to air Richard's episode of "Matlock" on Monday, May 26th *** -- Catch Richard as ill-fated piano-man Roger Stratford when WGN airs "The Dame," Monday at 5:00am ET.
Richard as Roger Stratford in The Dame
The episode, filmed as a flashback story set in 1956 (with the period scenes presented in black and white) follows the tale of a young socialite, Claire Mayfield (Sheree J. Wilson) and her bid to be rid of her rich old husband. The avaricious Claire uses the time-honored ploy of luring an opportunistic and... unwise young man, night-club piano player Roger Stratford (Richard Burgi), into her arms and into her murderous scheme, all the while planning to frame the hapless Stratford for the elderly Mayfield's murder.

Remember to check your local listings to confirm time and channel!

(Thanks to Steffi for the "Matlock" screen grabs)



[21 May 03]  *** Richard's Captain Hunter mentioned by Mannion in "District" finale *** -- The season finale of "The District" (titled Into the Sunset) found Chief Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) knocking a golf ball around out in the Arizona desert, with only a hungry-looking vulture for company. Mannion tells the buzzard that he reminds him of "a certain Captain Hunter" -- has the same "beady eyes." Hunter remains the subject of the one-sided conversation for three or four sentences.

No word on whether this means Hunter -- and Richard -- will play a larger part in the Fall 2003 season; however, Hunter is still the Captain of Internal Affairs, and with Jonathan LaPaglia's Debreno being moved into IA, it stands to reason there would be more opportunity for Hunter to be involved in developing stories.

** Remember to 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 Hunter bedevils Nancy Parras and Temple Page
"A half-million dollars worth of cocaine, which is key evidence in a murder, disappears from the evidence warehouse after Nancy turns it in; Mannion comforts a friend (Lanai Chapman) who is dying of AIDS; and Ella saves a man's life after a near-fatal fall, but he then sues her, claiming her efforts led to his paralysis. Also: Temple doesn't know what to do when an aggressive woman in the gun lab comes on to him."

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)



[21 May 03] *** Richard lands Lead role in "Starship Troopers" sequel *** -- Richard is playing 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.
Starship Troopers 2 announcement banner
Principal photography on the film started on May 15th at the Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles, California, with additional location filming taking place in the Greater Los Angeles area. Tippett is shooting from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original "Starship Troopers" film.

Joining Richard in "Starship Troopers 2" are 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).



[21 May 03] *** "Wheelmen" producer STRETCHPIX  inks International distribution deal with Showcase Entertainment *** According to the latest updates to the Publicity and News pages on the "Wheelmen" website at http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com, Showcase Entertainment is the new International distributor for "Wheelmen." The Showcase Entertainment website at http://showcaseentertainment.com now lists "Wheelmen" in its list of movies and Richard Burgi in its list of stars, along with a movie synopsis and image of the new "Wheelmen" one-sheet seen at left.

New Wheelmen one-sheet posterThe "Wheelmen" website also has a new press release (available on the News page under the Publicity section) as well as a larger version of the new one-sheet poster, which will fill an 8.5" x 11" page when printed on an inkjet printer. The new press release reads as follows:

Wheelmen logoPRESS RELEASE  APRIL 2003

We are pleased to announce that STRETCHPIX has signed with SHOWCASE ENTERTAINMENT for International distribution and representation for the film WHEELMEN.

Domestic distribution of the film is currently being reviewed with various companies.

Further updates will be posted shortly.

[Photo caption for cast group photo in front of limo: A group of limo drivers inadvertently become involved in a crazy attempt to kidnap the Vice President of the United States in Wheelmen]

[15 Mar 03] *** 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.
 
Richard at Wheelmen screening A cinema screening for potential distributors was held on Thursday, August 22nd 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Those invited to attend the screening picked up their tickets at a check-in table set up in front of the movie's trademark Lincoln stretch limousine and, after a chance to "meet and greet" the actors and director, enjoyed refreshments before the movie (and a reception afterwards). After a few introductory words by director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" made its big-screen debut. 
*** Visit the "Wheelmen" official website *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found 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.
Richard and Wheelman castmates
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 poster; get a bigger version at the Wheelmen site FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Henry Eshelman / Catherine Shin
Phone: 310.550.7776
Email: heshelman@bwr-la.com / cshin@bwr-la.com

WHEELMEN DRIVE ON!
Indie Film Wraps 19 Day Shoot in Los Angeles and Seeking Distribution

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.



Richard as Chad Rollo[21 May 03] *** Soapnet Cable network acquires 9,000 episodes of NBC Soap "Another World," circa 1987; Richard played Chad Rollo from '86 to '88 *** -- Starting July 1st, Soapnet will be broadcasting vintage episodes of "Another World," airing each episode three times a day. Richard's Chad Rollo was the show's bad boy -- an entertainment manager who also dabbled in prostitution. Towards the end of his tenure, Rollo was mending his ways somewhat, and was involved in one of Daytime's first AIDS storylines -- his sister, Dawn, became infected after a transfusion from their ne'er-do-well mother.

To learn more about Richard's work in Daytime TV, browse our Archive of articles (1985-89 and 1990-94), especially Mackie's Burgi Bits, generously shared with us by Linda Maclaren.

(Thanks to Summer for the Soapnet information)



[21 May 03] *** WB sends "Trash" to the dump *** -- An inescapable fact of pilot season is that more pilots are produced than are ever picked up for the new network schedule. The WB has filled all its Fall 2003 schedule slots and chosen all its midseason replacement shows, and "Trash" did not make the team. No word, yet, on the possibility of "Trash" being offered to another network or syndication distributor.

[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)


[21 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.
Richard as Michael Cassidy in Judging Amy
"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:

  • "The Justice League of America" (episode 3.18) aired 26 Mar 02
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (episode 3.23) aired 14 May 02
  • "Lost in the System" (episode 4.01) aired 01 Oct 02
  • "People of the Lie" (episode 4.10) aired 10 Dec 02
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" (episode 4.13) aired 21 Jan 03
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" (episode 4.23) aired 06 May 03
Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS series was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (26 Mar 02) 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 brought Richard's recurring Judging Amy appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Gray's 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."

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


[21 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)
 
Firefly cast promo photos [21 Apr 03] *** Richard's episode of canceled FOX series Firefly confirmed *** After conferring with Richard, and researching with the folks at www.fireflyfans.net, we have been able to identify Richard's episode of the Western-flavored science fiction series from Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Richard's episode is "The Message," presumed production number 1AGE13. Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December, "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."
Richard's character -- the "old war comrade" -- was potentially a recurring role. 

Though the full batch of episodes ordered by FOX was produced, the show was declared on hiatus before all episodes could be aired. The as yet unaired episodes are "Heart of Gold," "Trash," and "The Message." FOX has announced it intends to air all remaining episodes of Firefly. 

For more information on Firefly and the ongoing campaign to get it back on the air, visit the FireflyFans website at http://www.fireflyfans.net

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


[21 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.
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
(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)

Richard Burgi as Jim Ellison
[09 May 03] *** UPDATE: The Sentinel is once again airing in France! ***  French viewers, The Sentinel is once again airing Monday to Friday at 6:50pm on M6. This current broadcast cycle started on Thursday, May 1st. (Articles on Richard and The Sentinel may possibly turn up in the French TV Guide magazines, so those of you in that market, keep a lookout!)

(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.

Sentinel on SciFi Banner
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
 
May 19th - 22nd
19 May -- 10:00am -- "Disappearing Act"
20 May -- 10:00am -- "Pennies from Heaven"
21 May -- 10:00am -- "Survival"
22 May -- 10:00am -- "His Brother's Keeper"
May 26th - 30th
27 May -- 10:00am -- "Sleeping Beauty"
28 May -- 10:00am -- "Warriors"
29 May -- 10:00am -- "Three Point Shot"
30 May -- 10:00am -- "The Girl Next Door"
June 2nd - 6th
02 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Poachers"
03 Jun -- 10:00am -- "The Inside man"
04 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Vendetta"
05 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Fool Me Twice"
06 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Storm Warning"
June 9nd - 13th
09 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Red Ice"
10 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Dead Certain"
11 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Breaking Ground"
12 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Prisoner X"
13 Jun -- 10:00am -- "The Trance"
June 16th - 20th
16 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Mirror Image"
17 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Finkelman's Folly"
18 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Sweet Science"
19 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Remembrance"
June 23rd - 27th
23 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Love Kills"
24 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Crossroads"
25 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Foreign Exchange"
26 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Neighborhood Watch"
27 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Night Shift"
June 30th - July 4th
30 Jun -- 10:00am -- "Sentinel Too, Part 1"
01 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
02 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
03 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
04 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
July 7th - 11th 
07 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
08 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
09 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
10 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
11 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
July 14th - 18th
14 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
15 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
16 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
17 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
18 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
July 21st - 25th
21 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
22 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
23 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
24 Jul -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
25 Jul -- 10:00am -- "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.

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

Banner for Decoys movie

The first article is at www.spacecast.com, and has this to say of the project:

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Sexy. Shapely. Deadly.
Finally! A bellybutton worth talking about!

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
no other - and Space: The Imagination Station is proud to be a part of it!

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
from the set, complete with raw footage and behind-the-scenes information! It's sexy, it's campy, it's out of this
world, and it's coming to a theatre near you!
***
The spacecast site also includes links to further production information on "Decoys," including details on the casting process and preliminary artist's concepts for the otherworldly creatures.

The second reference is from The Ottawa Citizen, which has this to say of the film:

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TV vets making feature film in Ottawa

Tony Lofaro
The Ottawa Citizen

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
there. But the fact that they're coming here to us is great," said Ms. Morin, 23, who appeared in the movie Confessions of a
Dangerous Mind.
***
More information as and when we get it.

(Thanks toRichard Burgi for the heads up, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")


[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.

Richard Burgi as Alan York/Kevin Carroll in 24

"I adored breaking my image!" - Richard Burgi

Richard in Swiss TV Guide articleHaving 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?
Before 24 Hours, I always played the "good guy." With this many-faced character, I enjoyed breaking the image people might have had of me.

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?
I could tell you what happens next, but then I would have to kill you! Those are the orders of the production to keep up the suspense.

Is that really important?
It's this amazing suspense that makes the success of the series. Up to the point that people like Spielberg asked for a video at the studio when they had unfortunately missed an episode. All the people I know are dependant; even my wife, who is rather an intellectual, that says everything...

After three seasons, the series The Sentinel was suddenly stopped. Why?
There had been a problem between the new direction of the network that was broadcasting the series and the producers. The Sentinel didn't survive it. I'm sorry about that, but that chapter is definitely closed.

Back in 1977, you spent six months in Switzerland, for your pleasure?
I lived in Lugano and traveled all over your country. My grandfather was Swiss and I have family in Lucerne and Winterthour; it was kind of going back to the roots.

Interview by Isabelle Rovero.
TV8, 1-7 March 2003, published in Switzerland

(Thanks to Madeleine Viviani for the article scan and translation)



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