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Last Updated: 24 May 1999

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*** Guest Role in pilot for new Fox series "Action," premiering Fall '99 ***

What a guy...Guest Role -- "Cole Riccardi," Action (FOX, new for Fall '99, debuts Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT).

Richard , seen at left with series star Jay Mohr (as Peter Dragon), recently played the part of action movie star Cole Riccardi in Action, a new show from Joel Silver, producer of the hit Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne movie The Matrix. (Silver also produced action genre blockbusters Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and Die Hard with Bruce Willis -- two movies often cited in descriptions of The Sentinel). Produced for FOX by Silver and Chris Thompson, Action is a funny and daring half-hour comedy in the vein of The Larry Sanders Show. The FOX website has this to say of the new show:

"Chris Thompson (producer of "The Larry Sanders Show") concocts a bold new comedy that dares to take a satirical, behind-the-scenes look at the absurdity of Hollywood's cut-throat movie business."

I love this guy..."Our tour guide for this edgy ride through Tinseltown is the notoriously ill-tempered, egomaniacal film producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr)." (On the receiving end of Cole Riccardi's (Richard Burgi) "I love this guy!" kiss at left). "Peter spars with conniving agents and studio executives, insults commissary workers, sucks up to movie stars (Keanu Reeves in a cameo), berates his ex-wife and befriends Wendy (Illeana Douglas), a former child star who made a career change to call girl. The only person Peter treats with a modicum of respect is his security guard/chauffeur Lonnie (Buddy Hackett), who is also his uncle."

"With Action, Thompson takes his insider's perspective and peppers it with scathing, sharp-witted dialogue to air out Hollywood's dirty laundry and provide a voyeuristic look into the fascinating world of show business."

Cole racks his brainsPre-launch reviews (from TV Guide and E! Online) tag Action as a sure thing, provided Fox continues to maintain the outrageous and edgy qualities of the show and its characters. Here's what E! Online's review says:

"Action," Thursday, 9:30-10

"Hollywood at its best and worst, with Jay Mohr as appropriately named Peter Dragon, a Joel Silver/Jerry Bruckheimer type (depending on whom you ask). He's absolutely horrible and completely entertaining, not unlike the city he inhabits. The show, originally developed for HBO, goes where only The Larry Sanders Show has gone before--over the heads of many execs and right to the heart of the matter. It's truly tasteless and right on the money. In fact, put your money on this one to be a hit."

Me too!Richard's part could possibly be written into later episodes of Action as a recurring character. Richard portrays Cole Riccardi, an apparently popular lead actor playing an action hero in "Slow Torture,"one of Peter Dragon's films. Richard's scenes -- at the post-premiere party for "Slow Torture" -- establish him as being familiar with the inner circle of Dragonfire Films and set up back-story for him and Wendy (Illeana Douglas). Cole guested on her television show back when she was 10 and he was 18 or 19.

Wendy tells Cole he was great in "Slow Torture" and introduces herself, jogging his memory of their having worked together years ago. Cole raves about Wendy's then-universal appeal to teenage males and asks her what she's doing now. "Hollywood bigshots give me money and then they screw me," Wendy deadpans, following with a laugh. Cole joins in with a hearty laugh of his own and replies, "Me too!" (Picture above at left).

(For more infomation on Action, visit the FOX Website. Be sure to e-mail FOX to mention your interest in Action and to thank them for picking Richard for the role. (A mention of Richard's presence being what drew you to Action, as well as the hope of seeing him in further episodes of the show, would not be amiss...))

*** Action is continuing to garner good reviews in the press; an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, July 26th, 1999, exchoed and expanded upon the review in the June 26th issue of TV Guide. ***


Further Sentinel news -- As of April 29th, The Sci-Fi Channel's Fall 1999 schedule includes The Sentinel, which is currently penciled in to air in reruns M-F from 6-7pm ET/PT and again from 10-11pm beginning in October. Presumably SciFi will be running the series in its entirety, starting with the series premiere "Switchman" and cycling through all the episodes in order. With 65 episodes of The Sentinel, SciFi can run 13 weeks of TS before repeating an episode.

Though no official announcement or decision has yet been made, the possibility exists of SciFi purchasing additional new episodes of The Sentinel. Such new episodes, if ordered, would most likely not debut until Fall 2000. (Visit SciFi's website for information on the network).


May '98 -- News, Articles, Interviews, Chat Transcripts

May 9th --Touched By An Angel (CBS, Sunday at 8pm Eastern)-- Richard has a guest role in the episode titled "Fighting the Good Fight". Check your local listings for channel and time (TBAA airs on both CBS affiliates and in syndication). The CBS website says:

"Fighting the Good Fight" Sunday, May 9 8:00PM ET/PT

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Guest Stars

A young boxer, Tim, and his brother live in desperate poverty in the inner city and are often mistreated by their self-centered uncle. When Tim's elder brothers becomes ill with a serious disease, Tim adopts an aggressive stance against the world in order to appear tough in the face of his brother's illness. He trains as a boxer to escape his troubles, but misuses his boxing skills by initiating a string of fights with local hoodlums that puts him on the road to ruin. Tess and Tim's idol, Muhammad Ali, are called upon to teach the confused young man that violence accomplishes nothing and that his energy should be spent strengthening familial bonds.

Guest Starring: Muhammad Ali guest stars as himself, a legendary boxer who comes to the aid of the youth who is misusing his boxing skills. Richard Burgi (The Sentinel) guest stars as the abusive uncle of the confused young boxer. Alexis Cruz returns in his recurring role as streetwise angel Rafael. (E-mail CBS or visit the TBAA website to comment on Richard's role).


All the best from the RBFC for a *great* Memorial Day weekend!

The Sentinel (UPN, Monday at 9pm Eastern)-- The final three new episodes of The Sentinel -- "The Real Deal," "Most Wanted," and "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg" (Season and Series Finale on UPN) -- have now aired. UPN will rerun "Four Point Shot" on May 31st and "Murder 101" on June 7th; in all probability, these will be the last Sentinel episodes aired by UPN as the network plans to test a new series in the time-slot.


May 20th -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Leigh Taylor-Young (Thursday, 10-11pm Eastern). Leigh's chat was held as scheduled. Thanks go to Yahoo, TV Guide Online, Leigh Taylor-Young, and all who logged on to chat with Leigh. (A transcript of Leigh's chat is available on the Latest News page of the SOS website).


May 24th -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart (Monday, 8-9pm Eastern). Richard and Sentinel costar Garett Maggart were the featured guests at a chat sponsored by Yahoo! and TV Guide Online. Their chat was held as scheduled immediately prior to the airing of the finale episode "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg." Thanks go to Yahoo, TV Guide Online, Richard, Garett, and all who logged on to chat with them. (A transcript of Richard and Garettt's chat should be available on the Latest News page of the SOS website. Don't forget to thank Yahoo and TV Guide Online for hosting the chat with Richard!)


The Sentinel (UPN, Monday at 9pm Eastern)-- The remaining three new episodes of this season are due to air during the May sweeps period. The episodes are:

May 10th -- "The Real Deal" (Guest-starring Robert Vaughn of Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame)

May 17th -- "Most Wanted"

May 24th -- "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg" (Season finale of The Sentinel)

Further Sentinel news -- As of April 29th, The Sci-Fi Channel's Fall 1999 schedule includes The Sentinel, which is currently slated to air M-F from 6-7pm Eastern and again from 10-11pm beginning on September 27th. (Visit SciFi's website for information on the network).

Early June -- Richard's home is featured on an upcoming episode of E! Entertainment Television's "Celebrity Homes" hour-long show. Dates and times have yet to be announced. (E-mail E! to thank them for including Richard in their features and visit E!'s website for each week's schedule).


The Sentinel (UPN, Monday at 9pm Eastern)-- The remaining three new episodes of this season are due to air during the May sweeps period. The episodes are:

May 10th -- "The Real Deal" (Guest-starring Robert Vaughn of Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame)

May 17th -- "Most Wanted"

May 24th -- "The Sentinel: by Blair Sandburg" (Season finale of The Sentinel)


*** CHAT SCHEDULE CHANGE, LTY -- NOW ON THURSDAY NIGHT ***

*** SCHEDULE CHANGE, UDO KEIR -- POSTPONED, RESCHEDULING TBA ***

May 20th -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Leigh Taylor-Young (Thursday, 10-11pm Eastern). Yahoo! and TV Guide Online lead up to the Sentinel season finale chats with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart by chatting with Leigh Taylor-Young (Naomi Sandburg). Leigh returns to the role of the vibrant and free-spirited Naomi Sandburg for the third time with "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg." Her previous appearances were both in the second season -- "Spare Parts" and "Private Eyes."

As with earlier chats, a moderator will funnel questions to the guests. Unless you have taken part in a Yahoo! chat before, it's best to visit the Yahoo! site in advance to set up the required user profile.

The chat room usually opens 15 minutes before the chat begins and questions can be submitted as soon as the room opens. TV Guide has also set up a link at their site which allows questions to be sent in now. NOTE: Netscape users sometimes encounter difficulties with the chat application, finding themselves locked out of the chat; MSIE does not seem to be affected. (Further information on the Yahoo! chats can be found at both the Yahoo and TV Guide websites).


May 21st -- ***POSTPONED*** Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Udo Keir (Friday, 9-10pm Eastern). Yahoo! and TV Guide Online lead up to the Sentinel season finale chats with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart by chatting with Udo Keir (Klaus Zeller) from 9-10pm ET. Keir reprises his Zeller role in the season finale, "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg." Zeller was last seen in the second season episode "Ice Man." (Udo Keir is unable to make the scheduled chat due to unforseen circumstances. If possible, the chat will be rescheduled and the new date and time announced.)


May 24th -- Live phone interview with Richard Burgi on KGLL-FM radio in Fort Collins, Colorado (Monday, 8:15am Mountain). If you live in the broadcast area, be sure to listen! (To thank KGLL for their on-air interview with Richard, send them an e-mail).


May 24th -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart (Monday, 8-9pm Eastern). Richard and Sentinel costar Garett Maggart will be the featured guests at a chat sponsored by Yahoo! and TV Guide Online. (As with the LTY and UK chats, questions for Richard and Garett can be sent in through the TV Guide Online chat information page).

Yahoo! says: "Sentinel Stars Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart. Just in time for the fourth season finale, TV Guide Online chats with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart, the stars of the hit UPN series The Sentinel. Since the season finale of this fan-favorite series is entitled 'The Sentinel: By Blair Sandburg', you can be sure that this episode of The Sentinel will be explosive and have far reaching consequences for both Detective Ellison (Burgi) and Sandburg (Maggart). Join TV Guide Online as we chat with Richard and Garett on Monday, May 24 at 8pET/5pPT." (Further information on the Yahoo! chats can be found at both the Yahoo and TV Guide websites).


The Sentinel (UPN, Monday at 9pm Eastern)-- The remaining three new episodes of this season are due to air during the May sweeps period. The episodes are:

May 10th -- "The Real Deal" (Guest-starring Robert Vaughn of Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame)

May 17th -- "Most Wanted"

May 24th -- "The Sentinel: by Blair Sandburg" (Season finale of The Sentinel)

*** THE SENTINEL HAS BEEN DROPPED FROM UPN'S FALL '99 SCHEDULE ***


*** SCHEDULE CHANGE, UDO KEIR -- POSTPONED, RESCHEDULING TBA***

May 20th -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Leigh Taylor-Young (Thursday, 10-11pm Eastern). Leigh's chat was held as scheduled. Thanks go to Yahoo, TV Guide Online, Leigh Taylor-Young, and all who logged on to chat with Leigh. (A transcript of Leigh's chat is available on the Latest News page of the SOS website).

May 21st -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Udo Keir ***POSTPONED*** Yahoo! and TV Guide Online lead up to the Sentinel season finale chats with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart by chatting with Udo Keir (Klaus Zeller) from 7-8pm ET. Keir reprises his Zeller role in the season finale, "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg." Zeller was last seen in the second season episode "Ice Man." (Due to unforeseen scheduling difficulties, Udo was unable to make the Friday evening chat. The event may be rescheduled).


May 24th -- Live phone interview with Richard Burgi on KGLL-FM radio in Fort Collins, Colorado (Monday, 8:15am Mountain). If you live in the broadcast area, be sure to listen! (To thank KGLL for their on-air interview with Richard, send them an e-mail).


May 24th -- Yahoo!/TV Guide chat with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart (Monday, 8-9pm Eastern). Richard and Sentinel costar Garett Maggart will be the featured guests at a chat sponsored by Yahoo! and TV Guide Online. (As with the LTY and UK chats, questions for Richard and Garett can be sent in through the TV Guide Online chat information page).

Yahoo! says: "Sentinel Stars Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart. Just in time for the fourth season finale, TV Guide Online chats with Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart, the stars of the hit UPN series The Sentinel. Since the season finale of this fan-favorite series is entitled 'The Sentinel: By Blair Sandburg', you can be sure that this episode of The Sentinel will be explosive and have far reaching consequences for both Detective Ellison (Burgi) and Sandburg (Maggart). Join TV Guide Online as we chat with Richard and Garett on Monday, May 24 at 8pET/5pPT."

As with earlier chats, a moderator will funnel questions to the guests. Unless you have taken part in a Yahoo! chat before, it's best to visit the Yahoo! site in advance to set up the required user profile.

The chat room usually opens 15 minutes before the chat begins and questions can be submitted as soon as the room opens. TV Guide has also set up a link at their site which allows questions to be sent in now. NOTE: Netscape users sometimes encounter difficulties with the chat application, finding themselves locked out of the chat; MSIE does not seem to be affected. (Further information on the Yahoo! chats can be found at both the Yahoo and TV Guide websites. Don't forget to thank Yahoo and TV Guide Online for hosting the chat with Richard!)


It's official -- UPN has chosen not to include The Sentinel in its Fall '99 lineup. After "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg," UPN will air reruns of "Four Point Shot" and "Murder 101" and then substitute alternate programming in the time-slot.

 

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