Last Updated: 01 June 2006
Richard to lead panel discussion at Newport
International Film Festival in June
Richard attends Newport International Film
Festival Spring Benefit in NYC, launches Burgi item auction
Richard in Vancouver, BC to film movie
"Wildfires" for A&E Networks
Richard appears in two of three "Housewives"
episodes presented on DVD by Touchstone for Emmy consideration
Catch Richard in new ABC "One Network"
Richard's approach to Karl Mayer finds
favor with reviewers
Write ABC and Desperate Housewives!
"Desperate Housewives" updates and
Richard's Season 2 episodes.
Desperate Housewives Season 2
DVD set announced for August release
Richard attends Piaget and Vanity Fair-sponsored
party celebrating Teri Hatcher's new book
Richard Burgi and Teri Hatcher make Life
& Style magazine's "Out & About" page
"Shanghai Red" presented at Cannes
by Mar de Oro, says Chinadaily.com
Official "Shanghai Red" website now
online, features bios, photos, and a trailer with lots of Richard
"Fun With Dick and Jane" Region
1 DVD now available; Richard plays Joe
The Sentinel: The Complete First
Season DVD set now available for purchase
Sentinel creators Danny Bilson & Paul DeMeo
record podcasts for selected Season One episodes
Sentinel DVD set news, reviews,
"Bailey's Mistake" to air on
the Hallmark Channel May 13th; Richard plays Paul Donovan
"Decoys" to air on the Sci Fi Channel in June;
Richard plays Detective Kirk
"Darklight" to air on the Sci Fi Channel
in June; Richard plays William Shaw
"Cellular" airs on the Starz and Starz Edge
cable channels in June; Richard plays Craig Martin
Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station now
airing "The Sentinel"
Richard's episodes of "The District"
airing domestically on the USA Network and internationally in Singapore
Catch Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes
on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"
Got a Burgi fan on your gift list? Amazon.com
has you covered!
Write to Richard through the RBFC
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||[01 June 06] *** Richard to attend
2006 Newport International Film Festival *** -- The Newport International
Film Festival (NIFF) has announced that Richard will attend the '06 Festival,
which is scheduled to take place June 6th - 11th in Newport, Rhode Island.
Richard will be the featured speaker at a panel discussion titled "Inside
Hollywood with Richard Burgi," which will be held on Wednesday,
June 7th at 4:00pm at the Newport Blues Cafe. The NIFF
website gives the following description of the panel:
"Currently supporting the feisty females of Desperate Housewives, Richard
Burgi has had a varied film and television career. Appearing in such hit
TV shows as 24, Judging Amy and The District, but also in hit films, including
In Her Shoes, Fun with Dick and Jane and Starship Troopers 2. In addition
to his love of acting, Richard also supports several environmental conservation
efforts and is a proud family man. Join Richard for an intimate conversation
on his varied life and career at the Newport Blues Café."
Tickets for the panel (identified as pnl001) are available through
the NIFF box office and are priced at $10 per person. (Box office details
and information about the Festival itself are available at the NIFF website).
The NIFF website gives the following description of the organization
and its mission:
NIFF is a 501© (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the cultivation
of filmís history and future. This yearís Festival, which runs from June
6-11, offers nearly 100 screenings as well as daily film-related events,
lively panel discussions, parties and opportunities to meet and talk with
filmmakers from around the world. The Newport International Film Festival
has established itself as a truly first-class event.
(Thanks to the NIFF for the information on Richard's attendance at
the Festival, and to NIFF's Joe Ruggeri for the NYC Benefit photo)
||[01 June 06] *** Richard Burgi
attends Newport International Film Festival (NIFF) Spring Benefit, launches
auction *** -- Richard flew into New York City to attend the event,
held on Thursday, April 20th at STEREO. In addition to entertaining
those in attendance with a few on-set anecdotes, Richard helped launch
an auction featuring a pair of Burgi items.
Though accessible through the NIFF website, the items were actually
being auctioned on Ebay. The auction ran from April 24th through May 1st.
The first item was a day with Richard on the Los Angeles set of "Desperate
Housewives," which will most likely take place in August after the
show returns to production for Season 3. The package also includes round-trip
airfare for two.The winning bid on the set tour was $2,650.00
The second item was a "Film Fanatic" membership for two to the June
2006 Film Festival, which features lunch with Richard at the Festival.
The package also includes two nights accommodations at a local hotel or
bed & breakfast. The winning bid was $1,850.00
Additional details and information on the auction and the Newport International
Film Festival are available at the NIFF website at
(Thanks to the NIFF for the auction information, and to NIFF's Joe
Ruggeri for the photo)
||[01 June 06] *** Richard
Burgi in Vancouver to film "Wildfires" for A&E *** -- Within days
of the start of the Desperate Housewives summer hiatus, Richard
was en route to his old Sentinel stomping grounds -- Vancouver,
BC, Canada -- to start work on "Wildfires," a TV movie for A&E
Drawing inspiration from the situations and events of the record-breaking
1988 wildfires which scorched Yellowstone National Park, and from co-producer
Rocky Barker's book "Scorched Earth," "Wildfires" focuses on a present-day
Yellowstone firefighter and his team as they battle a similarly monstrous
inferno erupting over the July 4th holiday weekend.
Richard plays firefighter Richard Sellers and costars
with Scott Foley (Scrubs' Sean Kelly; Felicity's Noel).
The part of Yellowstone National Park will be played by several Canadian
Provincial Parks and areas including
and E.C. Manning Park.
Filming on the Vancouver-based production will run from May 8th to June
5th, with John Lafia directing from a script by John Fasano
and Mark Wheaton. Produced by Cypress Point Productions
in association with Jaffe/Braunstein Films Ltd., "Wildfires" is
intended for the Fall 2006 lineup of original movies for A&E Television
To learn more about "Wildfires," visit the film's IMDb page at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0796373/
To learn more about A&E Television Networks, visit the A&E website
(Thanks to Kat and Debbie for the research)
||[01 June 06]*** Richard Burgi
appears in two of the three episodes presented by Touchstone Television
on their "For your consideration" Emmy candidate DVD *** -- Richard
appears in "One More Kiss" and "Could I Leave You," two of the three episodes
submitted for Emmy consideration by Desperate Housewives producers Touchstone
"One More Kiss" finds Karl attending one of Bree's chic soirees
as Edie's date. The party sets events in motion which relate to the "kiss"
theme of the episode, while Karl is recruited by Bree to serve as her lawyer
in her impending legal battle with scheming son Andrew. In one of the more
memorable scenes, Karl gives Andrew a richly-deserved dressing down, calling
him on his disgraceful treatment of his mother.
"Could I Leave You?" shows Karl up to some scheming of his own
as he maneuvers Susan's new beau Dr. Ron into a confrontation with Mike
"the Plumber" Delfino. When Susan's budding romance with Ron is threatened
by her insurance scam remarriage to Karl, she arm-twists Karl into attending
a "meet my Ex" dinner with Ron. Karl, less than thrilled by the canoodling
going on at table, spots Mike returning home across the street and loosens
a fitting under the sink. Ron is lured into the kitchen and then dispatched
to the home of "the Plumber," where he learns Delfino is the inspiration
for Susan's "Mike is loooooove." Ron and Mike come to blows in the street
while Puppet Master Karl gleefully watches from the kitchen as he eats
(Thanks to PetErased for the info and to Becky for the screengrabs)
||[01 June 06]*** Richard Burgi
appears in new ABC "One" Primetime promo *** -- Richard appears
in a closeup in one of the scenes chosen to represent Desperate
Housewives in the new "One Network" promos now airing on ABC.
The promo consists of a mix of scenes and actor closeups from ABC's
lineup of popular hour-long shows -- Desperate Housewives, LOST, Grey's
Anatomy, Boston Legal, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Wife
Swap -- and scenes and audio from "One," by Mary J. Blige featuring
U2, serving as both soundtrack and unifying thread emphasizing the
"One" theme -- one world, one love, one network.
Richard is joined in the promo footage by Housewives castmates Teri
Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, and Ricardo Chavira. Richard's
scene is taken from the episode "Could I Leave You?"
The new promos in all likelihood came out of the recent ABC "Up Front,"
at which the Fall 2006 lineup and schedule was announced.
Look for Richard in the longer "One" promo, which has thus far been
seen in Primetime hours and in the combo end credits/network promo block
at the end of shows such as Grey's Anatomy and LOST.
||[01 June 06] *** Richard collects
kudos from TV reviewers for his Desperate Housewives work *** -- Richard
Burgi's Fall 2005 return to Desperate Housewives as a Series Regular has
proven quite successful, with Richard and his caddish character Karl earning
a steady stream of compliments and kudos from viewers and reviewers alike.
Karl Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's
cad of an ex-husband on
ABC's award-winning hit series. Introduced
in Season One's "Pretty Little Picture" and "Move On," Karl was back to
bedevil his ex in "One Wonderful Day," the highly-anticipated season finale.
Karl returned to Wisteria Lane for the second episode of Season Two and
has been around ever since, carrying a not-so-secret torch for his ex-ex-wife,
Susan, while shacking up with, and later proposing to, neighborhood sexpot
(Nicollette Sheridan) Britt. In between rounds of juggling Susan and
Edie, Karl found time to hire on as Bree (Marcia Cross) Van De Kamp's
lawyer in the increasingly ugly emancipation battle with her son Andrew
Our collection of recent kudos begins with the April 24th - 30th issue
of TV Guide, which put Desperate Housewives on the "HotList" and
said "Let's hear it for Richard Burgi. His lovable doofus Karl cracks
us up, even when he's breaking up with Edie. (Just don' tell her why!)"
Zap2it.com's Amy Amatangelo echoed the sentiment in her April
24th column, "TV
Gal Changes Her Mind."
"Richard Burgi as Karl on 'Desperate Housewives': We all know
that 'Desperate Housewives' has made some mistakes this season ... but
its smartest move was adding the delightful Burgi to the full time cast.
Burgi, who makes the most out of every scene he's in, is deliciously smarmy
but charming enough to make us understand why Susan would fall for his
While Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune is "Desperate
to figure out" what all the fuss is about, she finds the cast to be
one of the shows' best assets. "I do think 'Housewives' has a talented,
even gifted cast (Richard Burgi, as Susan's ex-husband, Karl, deserves
a special shout-out for his impeccable comic timing)," said Ryan.
TVguide.com's Matt Webb Mitovich also interviewed Richard for
the online "Insider" column. The piece, titled "Richard
Burgi is Desperately Happy," found Mitovich chatting with Richard about
his return to Desperate Housewives, his take on Action, his
history with 24, his plans for the summer hiatus, and the $64,000
question -- would he be back for Season 3?
"Burgi: Myself? I don 't know. Nobody knows. If the show is
back, I'll probably be coming back to stir up some s---. The cliff-hanger
is interesting in how it leaves several of us in a place where we're sort
To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate
Housewives" page at the ABC website.
(Thanks to Deborah, JoAnn, Julie, et al for article info, and to
Becky for the screengrabs)
[01 June 06] *** Praise him, praise him
*** -- Now that Desperate Housewives is on summer hiatus, the
production staff is busily looking over the past season and making plans
for Fall 2006. This is an ideal time to contact The Powers That Be at ABC
and Desperate Housewives to let them know how much you have enjoyed Richard's
work with Karl this past season, and how much you look forward to seeing
him continue putting Karl through his paces come the Fall.
Richard joined the full-time cast of Desperate Housewives in July
2005 and has appeared in 15 of the 2005/06 season's 24 episodes as Karl
Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's ex-husband. Described by one TV
Guide correspondent as a "lovable doofus," Karl continued to moon
over Susan while stringing live-in girlfriend Edie (Nicollette Sheridan)
along and working as Bree's (Marcia Cross) lawyer. Richard has earned
repeated kudos from reviewers and columnists for his "impeccable comic
timing" as he's put Karl through his paces. Presumably Karl will be
back to further bedevil Susan in the upcoming Fall 2006 season.
Quick notes to ABC and the producers of Desperate Housewives are a good
way to remind them that you are watching and enjoying Richard's work on
their network and show. Let them know how much you're enjoying seeing Richard
putting Karl through his paces! Include a bit of demographic information
if you feel so inclined.
The ABC network can be contacted through the ABC website, where
an email "comment" option is provided:
Go to http://www.abc.go.com
Scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you will find a line of text
links; look for the "contact ABC" link.
Click on the "contact ABC" link and fill in the appropriate blanks in the
type in your comments and click the appropriate button at the bottom of
the text window.
The show's producers, The Edestein Company, can be reached
by "snailmail" at the address below. A postcard is a quick and easy option
and is definitely more eye-catching, while a more traditional note allows
you to wax a tad more eloquent.
The Edelstein Company
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
[01 June 06] *** Desperate
Housewives Update *** -- Desperate Housewives is now on summer hiatus
and will go back into production for the 2006/07 season in July. Richard
appears in the following episodes of the 2005/06 season:
Season Two (2005-2006)
"You Could Drive a Person Crazy" (02 Oct 05) Prod. #201, episode #2.02
"You'll Never Get Away From Me" (09 Oct 05) Prod. #202, episode #2.03
"Color and Light" (13 Nov 05) Prod. #206, episode #2.07
"One More Kiss" (08 Jan 06) Prod. #210, episode #2.11
"There's Something About a War" (22 Jan 06) Prod. #212, episode #2.13
"Silly People" (12 Feb 06) Prod. #213, episode #2.14
"Thank You So Much" (19 Feb 06) Prod. #214, episode #2.15
"There Is No Other Way" (12 Mar 06) Prod. #215, episode #2.16
"Could I Leave You?" (26 Mar 06) Prod. #216, episode #2.17
"Everybody Says Don't" (02 Apr 06) Prod. #217, episode #2.18
"Don't Look at Me" (16 Apr 06) Prod. #218, episode #2.19
"It Wasn't Meant to Happen" (30 Apr 06) Prod. #219, episode #2.20
"I Know Things Now" (07 May 06) Prod. #220, episode #2.21
"Remember, part 1" (21 May 06) Prod. #222, episode #2.23
"Remember, part 2" (21 May 06) Prod. #223, episode #2.24
||[01 June 06] *** The
Desperate Housewives Season Two "Extra Juicy Edition" DVD Set announced
for August release *** -- Desperate Housewives fans and Burgi aficionados
don't have long to wait for the feature-packed Season 2 DVD release.
As announced at the tvshowsondvd.com
Vista Home Entertainment and Touchstone Television are preparing
the Season 2 DVD set for an August 29th release. In addition to
the 24 episodes of the 2005/06 season, the six-disc "Extra Juicy Edition"
set will contain an assortment of features and extras:
The DVD set is expected to have a MSRP of $59.99
An exclusive unaired storyline featuring Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer
and her mother Sophie
A Director's Diary look at the steps and ingredients that go into
comepleting an episode
Insights and wisdom from a selection of "TV's most iconic housewives"
'Desperate Husbands': the male actors speak about the wives!
A joint interview with Creator/Executive Producer Marc Cherry and
Deleted scenes & Bloopers
Audio commentaries on selected episodes
"And Much More"
Preliminary ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com
(Thanks to Gord at TVshowsonDVD for the updates)
||[01 June 06]*** Richard attends
party celebrating Teri Hatcher's new book *** -- Richard Burgi
Teri Hatcher and their "Desperate Housewives" castmates
at the May 2nd party hosted by Piaget and Vanity Fair at
Aqua Lounge in Beverly Hills. The event celebrated the release
of Teri's new (and highly popular) memoir, "Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies
The title is derived from Teri's personal observation that women --
mothers especially -- will often essentially short-change themselves to
make sure their children and loved ones get the best available; they'll
have the "burnt toast" themselves so that their loved ones get the best
"Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies of Life," which also chronicles
Teri's misadventures with romance, has already climbed to sixth on the
Street Journal's list of best-sellers and is into multiple printings.
Online ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com
(Thanks to Debbie for the info)
||[01 June 06]*** Richard Burgi and
Teri Hatcher featured in Life & Style magazine's "Out & About"
section *** -- Richard Burgi joined
Teri Hatcher and
their "Desperate Housewives" castmates at the May 2nd party hosted
by Piaget and Vanity Fair at the
Aqua Lounge in Beverly
Hills. The event celebrated the release of Teri's new (and highly popular)
memoir, "Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies of Life."
The May 22nd issue of weekly magazine Life & Style features a photo
of Richard and Teri at the Aqua Lounge party on the "Out & About" page.
The photo ran with the following caption:
"Teri Hatcher celebrated the release of her new book, Burnt Toast: And
Other Philosophies of Life, in LA on May 2 with her Desperate Housewives
co-star Richard Burgi and some champagne."
||[01 June 06]*** Richard Burgi's
new film, "Shanghai Red," goes to Cannes *** -- According to
star and co-producer Vivian Wu (listed in the article by her Chinese
name, Junmei Wu) and her husband, director, writer, and co-producer Oscar
L. Costo presented "Shanghai Red" at two special screenings at the
Film Festival. Chinadaily had this to say:
"The film 'Shanghai Red,' produced by Oscar L. Costo and Junmei Wu,
will have two rounds of special shows at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The story is about a modern Shanghai woman's especially difficult experience
that took place in a high-speed modern commercial city. Zhu Meili (played
by Junmei Wu) is caught in a web of vengeance and deceit.
The film brought together excellent Chinese and American movie workers,
including Hollywood Director Oscar L.Costo, art designer Jeff Knipp and
photographer Adam Kane. The top performers are Richard Burgi, Junmei Wu,
You Ge and Honglei Sun
The movie has gotten outstanding positive feedback on its display of
modern China. Audiences have given high marks for the quality of acting,
especially that of Junmei Wu and Honglei Sun."
(Thanks to Debbie for the info)
||[01 June 06] *** Official
website for "Shanghai Red" now online *** -- Richard worked
on "Shanghai Red" in June 2005, traveling to Shanghai, China to shoot the
dramatic film from Mar de Oro Films. Richard stars with Vivian
Wu, who co-produced the film with her husband Oscar L. Costo,
who also wrote and directed the film.
In addition to the cast and crew biographical information and story
synopsis, the website features several galleries of production stills and
a trailer which whets the appetite and intrigues rather than giving away
(NOTE: The site requires Marcromedia Flash for proper access, and may
not open on browsers other than MSIE).
The "Shanghai Red" website gives the following description of the film:
"SHANGHAI RED is the dramatic film about a young, contemporary mother,
Meili Zhu (Vivian Wu -- 'The Pillow Book', 'The Joy Luck Club', 'Heaven
and Earth'), in an ever-changing Shanghai.
Meili's guilt over her husband's death leads her into a double life
of murder and deception where she eventually meets Michael Johnson (Richard
Burgi -- 'In Her Shoes', 'Fun With Dick and Jane', '24'), an American expatriate
from Chicago escaping from his own dark past.
Shot in its entirety in Shanghai, China, SHANGHAI RED expores the conflicts
caused within the heart between tradition and modernization."
To learn more about the film, visit the "Shanghai Red" website at: http://www.shanghairedmovie.com
To learn more about Mar de Oro Films, visit the Mar de Oro site at:
(Thanks to DebbieLD for the website info)
||[01 June 06] ***
"Fun with Dick and Jane" Region 1 DVD now available for purchase *** --
With Dick and Jane" is now available on DVD at online sellers and at retail
Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni play Dick and Jane Harper,
a couple who find themselves on the verge of financial collapse when Dick
loses his job. The Harpers turn to a life of crime to pay the bills, cooking
up madcap schemes and wild heists to support them in the manner to which
they have become accustomed. Richard plays their next-door neighbor
Joe and his wife Veronica (Angie Harmon), as the Harpers' next-door
neighbors, are the couple to beat in the pecking order sweepstakes, which
the opening scenes of the film set up with Joe and Dick's "who's got the
better car" shenanigans.
Trailers for "Fun with Dick and Jane" are still available at various
online sources. Richard appears in two scenes of the original trailer as
the Harper's next door neighbor, Joe, and in a shorter version of the "red
shirt" scene in the newer, office-based trailer.
The trailer is available at the following online locations:
The official site: http://www.funwithdickandjane.com/
The Apple QuickTime Trailers site: http://www.apple.com/trailers/
(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the initial info and to Deborah for
the online sleuthing)
||[01 June 06] *** The
Sentinel Complete First Season DVD Set now available for purchase *** --
Though it has been a long time coming, fans of Richard Burgi and
Sentinel can now purchase the first season of the series (which ran
from 1996 to 1999) on DVD.
As announced at the tvshowsondvd.com
website, Paramount has released the show's first season (10 episodes) as
a 3-disc boxed set. The Sentinel: The Complete First Season was
released on April 18th.
Sadly, the otherwise attractively packaged DVD set does not include
any of the "extras" DVD purchasers now take for granted. This may be rectified
in later Season boxed sets.
Richard plays Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working
as a detective in his Washington State hometown. A solitary stakeout reawakens
dormant sensory abilities which lead Ellison to doubt his sanity, until
a graduate student name Blair Sandburg (Garett Maggart) explains
what is happening to him. Ellison is a Sentinel, someone whose senses --
sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch -- are all developed to an extraordinary
degree. With Sandburg's help, and the cooperation of his boss, Captain
Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young), Ellison uses his abilities to give him
an edge in the war against crime.
Ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com
(Thanks to Becky and Steffi for the screengrabs)
||[01 June 06]*** Sentinel creators and
producers Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo record Season One episode commentaries***
One of the disappointments of the Sentinel Season One DVD set has been
the lack of episode commentaries. David Gutierrez is working with
Bilson and Paul DeMeo to record commentaries for various episodes
in the DVD set.
To date, Bilson and DeMeo have recorded commentaries for "Switchman"
(the pilot), and "Night Train," for which they were joined
by writer Harold Apter and director Bruce Bilson.
PC users will need to download the free iTunes application and
subscribe to the Pet Fly podcasts at the iTunes site. The initial
"get you started" information can be found at David Gutierrez' website:
(Thanks to David Gutierrez for the info)
[01 June 06] ***
Sentinel DVD release accompanied by DVD reviews and cast & creator
interviews *** -- The official release of The Sentinel Complete
First Season DVD set was heralded by a selection of reviews and interviews.
The reviews commented on the DVD set itself, and on the show, often finding
that the show had weathered the passage of time quite well, and that the
characters, as presented by Richard Burgi, Garett Maggart, and Bruce A.
Young, were as compelling as any now on TV.
Reviews of the Sentinel DVD set
Reviewer Gord Lacey of TVshowsonDVD.com gave the DVD set
an 8/10 rating for audio and video, though the total lack of extras was
a disappointment. Lacey found that "The Sentinel looks pretty darn good
for being 10 years old," going on to add "This was a very cool show. I
was worried it would be a tad cheesy - "Hey, I'm a super cop!" - but I
didn't find that to be the case. I liked the team of Ellison and Sandburg,
though Sandburg could be a tad annoying at times. I'm eager to check out
the second season, which was the first full season for the series."
Read the review here: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/sitereviews.cfm?ReleaseID=5467
R.J. Carter of the-trades.com was favorably impressed
with the approach taken to Ellison's senses and the development of the
"The Sentinel is highly dramatic series, despite being ostensibly about
a superman. Unlike many superheroic character dramas, the police are highly
individuals (a far cry from the comedy team that patrolled the streets
of Central City in The Flash -- and Gotham City only ever had Chief O'Hara!)
Jim's Sentinel abilities just make him a lot more competent, adding to
the tension that the writers have put into the situations they've created.
Sandburg is also quite the capable tagalong, while providing a social foil
to Jim's conservative presence, all of which adds up to utterly believable
stories, despite being focused on a superhuman. Whether chasing down serial
killers, fighting off urban terrorists, or just going after a gang of diamond
thieves, the episodes still play out with the same level of freshness and
intensity as any cop show on the air today. With Richard Burgi just
as popular as ever, Paramount would do well to put together a Sentinel
Carter's review can be found here: http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=4249
Kevin Gilvear of the UK-based DVDtimes site also offered
a favorable review of the show and cast, though he did feel that the show
sometimes fell short of its potential. Said Gilvear:
"What makes the series somewhat unique from any other cop show is that
creators Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo focus on the primal instinct of man.
The concept is certainly intriguing, making way for all kinds of possibilities.
Furthermore the central protagonist, Jim Ellison is trying to come to terms
with his new abilities, and as such the experience often takes its toll
on him and those around. Yet despite these many open doors and available
paths to travel the writers keep things very formulaic by sticking to simple,
tried and tested methods. Each week Ellison, with the help of Sandburg
would track down a baddie, sniff out some evidence and run into a few dead
ends until time came for him to use his brain powers once more. Thatís
not necessarily a bad thing, but ultimately itís the premise that makes
us want to watch more; however Ellisonís use of such senses are given certain
restrictions from a narrative standpoint. Rather than incorporate them
to fuller effect the writers stick by standard cop show conventions, which
makes The Sentinel often run of the mill. ... Which isnít to say that The
Sentinel is rubbish; itís just more ordinary than it should be."
Gilvear found that the casting was definitely part of the appeal of
the show. "Richard Burgi is certainly a wise choice to play Jim Ellison;
heís charismatic which is always a strong point and heís capable of dealing
with his emotions on a believable level, which can be difficult for such
a prominent role. Furthermore heís funny and has a great smile, which always
makes ladies swoon. Garet [sic] Maggart proves to be a nice counter-balance
alongside Burgi, displaying a good repertoire and acting as the audienceís
interpreter. Naturally there are several opportunities for gags, and they
do arise to see each episode out on a happy note. With Bruce A. Young rounding
off the primary cast as an effective captain the series coasts by far better
than it might have otherwise deserved."
Gilvear's review can found at: http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=61209
Brett Cullum of DVDverdict.com also found the casting
of Richard Burgi to have been a sound decision.
"Ellison is played convincingly by Richard Burgi, who is enjoying
a career high by playing Susan's (Teri Hatcher) ex-husband on Desperate
Housewives. Here's where he cut his teeth on prime time drama after a failed
series in 1994 called One West Waikiki. Richard has been acting for
almost three decades, and has had stints on soaps like Another World and
Days of Our Lives. He was nearing forty when The Sentinel first hit the
airwaves, and it seems hard to believe a decade later he's looking just
as good on Desperate Housewives. My gossip connections in Los Angeles claim
he's a super sweet guy who is in a happy marriage that has survived over
a decade (that's probably good for thirty years of marital bliss anywhere
else on the planet). He's got a buff body, rugged profile, and piercing
blue eyes. Yeah, I kind of hate him for all that. Burgi is one of the reasons
the series actually works because he's so convincing and committed to the
character. He gives Ellison a gravitas that elevates the proceedings above
its own gimmick, allowing action and emotional turmoil to bubble up in
Cullum's verdict can be read here: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sentinelseason1.php
Interviews with the cast and producers of The Sentinel
Starry Constellation magazine ran interviews in late March with
Richard Burgi and costar Garett Maggart, asking both actors a similar selection
of questions. In this instance, Richard's answers were more tongue-in-cheek
and Garett's more thoughtful.
StarryMag: Why should viewers not familiar with the show take
the time to check out the DVD?
RB: It's a great ride, it's really entertaining and I think there
is a lot in there, there is something that appeals to a cross section of
The Starry Constellation interviews can be found here: http://www.starrymag.com/content.asp?ID=1303&CATEGORY=Interviews&PAGE=4
The Sci Fi Channel's Science Fiction Weekly interviewed Richard
and Garett in late April, working with a slate of complementary questions.
They led into the interviews with the following introduction:
"Although the series ran for only three seasons, it attracted a dedicated
fan base whose continued support of the show inspired the studio to release
the first season on DVD. While Burgi has gone on to have a successful
film and television career (from the recent chick flick In Her Shoes to
a recurring role on Desperate Housewives), he still takes the time to visit
conventions and meet with fans. He and Maggart recently took the opportunity
to look back on the series and their involvement with it in an interview
with Science Fiction Weekly."
The Science Fiction Weekly interviews can be found here: http://www.scifi.com/sfw/interviews/sfw12617.html
The UnderGroundOnline site -- UGO -- also ran a combination
of DVD review and actor interviews written by UGO contributing editor Troy
Rogers. Rogers led into the review and interviews with the following
"Back in the mid-'90s, amid a flurry of quality network programming
with such series as The X-Files, The Outer Limits, and Millenium, UPN decided
to wade into the mix with their own sci-fi cop actioner The Sentinel. Part
bionic man without the bionics and part police dramedy, The Sentinel centered
around Detective James Ellison (Richard Burgi) as a hyper-sensitive, one-man
task force in which he could see and hear things like a finely tuned instrument,
originating when he was stranded in the Peruvian jungle for years as part
of a special forces unit. Don't worry, it's better than it sounds. In fact,
it's pretty damn great."
The UGO review and interviews can be found at: http://www.ugo.com/channels/dvd/features/thesentinel/default.asp
||[01 June 06] *** Catch Richard
when "Decoys" airs on The Sci Fi Channel -- June 9th at 3:00am ET *** --
Richard plays Det. Francis Kirk in the Canadian-made tongue-in-cheek blend
of sci-fi and horror, which airs on the Sci Fi Channel in late May and
Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and
April 2003 for his role in Decoys, which director
described as "American Pie meets Species" -- a sci-fi thriller
set on a college campus. Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk. According
to the script, "He's a young cop who knows that he won't be in this small
town busting college students for party pranks for much longer. He thinks
he belongs somewhere between NYPD Blue and the cover of GQ."
The Species connection comes into play in the form of the beautiful
and -- let us say -- otherworldy young women who descend upon the college
campus in search of healthy and libidinous young men. Much as in Richard's
1998 version of I Married a Monster, alien beings come to Earth
in search of mates -- only this time, it's the Outer Space womenfolk who
are eager to reproduce. Unlike their Monster counterparts, these alien
"femmes" are quite literally "fatales," as their reproductive process leaches
the body-heat right out of their unfortunate paramours.
Richard's Detective Kirk becomes involved when the extraterrestrial
temptresses leave a string of frozen young men in their wake.
||[01 June 06] *** Catch Richard
when Sci Fi airs "Darklight" on Saturday, June 17th at 3:00pm ET
*** -- Richard headed off to Sofia, Bulgaria in late
July '03 to join the cast of UFO Films' "Darklight," a Sci Fi
Channel Original Production for the
2004-05 broadcast season.
Richard played William Shaw and was joined by Shiri Appleby (Roswell's
Liz) as Lilith. Star Trek's John de Lancie and Stargate:
Atlantis' David Hewlett also star in Darklight. Principal photography
began on July 28th and wrapped the week of August 18th.
The Sci Fi Channel's listing for "Darklight" gave this description:
"A secret society fights evil with evil in this atmospheric original
Shiri Appleby (TV's Roswell), Richard Burgi (The Sentinel, SCI FI Pictures'
Decoys), John de Lancie (Q from the Star Trek franchise) and David Hewlett
(Stargate Atlantis, SCi FI Pictures' Boa vs. Python, the indie hit Cube)
star in this tale of an ancient demoness named Lilith, who has been captured
by a secret society known as The Faith.
Her true nature concealed by a powerful spell, Lilith lives as a 24-year-old
woman with no memory of her ageless past -- until William Shaw (Burgi)
of The Faith recruits her to help him stop the Demonicos, a rampaging monster
that is spreading a lethal plague across the Earth and whose only vulnerability
is to Lilith's unique mystical power, known as Darklight.
As the duo race to slay the creature, they unwittingly expose a treacherous
conspiracy within The Faith itself. Lilith has the power to set things
right -- but now she has been reawakened to her true nature, will she resume
her own evil ways? Trusting her is a life-or-death gamble for humanity,
but it's one that William Shaw has no choice but to take."
||[01 June 06] *** "Cellular" airs
throughout June on the Starz and Starz Edge Channels *** -- Richard
Craig Martin, the "wrong place at the wrong time" realtor
husband of movie heroine Jessica (Kim Basinger) Martin. Unbeknownst
to Jessica, Craig has videotaped crooked cops executing drug dealers --
and the crooked cops are desperate to tidy up loose ends. To get Craig
and the camera, they abduct Jessica and the Martin's young son. Jessica
has one ace up her sleeve -- she's managed to patch a busted phone together
enough to tap out random phone numbers, and the guy on the other end, Ryan
(Chris Evans), is willing to help. Problem is, he's on a cellphone,
doesn't know where Jessica is... and his battery's running low.
Starz Edge listings:
June 10th at 4:00pm ET and 10:50pm ET
June 22nd at 12:05pm ET and 7:20pm ET
Starz Channel dates (multiple times):
June 3rd, 8th, 9th, 12th, 13th, 18th, and 21st
For further details, go to the Starz website at:
(Thanks to TV-now.com for the heads up, to Danny for the screengrabs,
and to Starz for the scheduling info)
||[01 June 06] *** The Sentinel
now airing in original, uncut form on Canada's SPACE: The Imagination
Station ***-- SPACE is now airing The Sentinel on Tuesdays,
at 10:00pm ET with the episode repeating the following morning at 11:00am.
Richard Burgi plays series lead Jim Ellison, a former
Army Ranger now working as a detective for the Cascade PD in his Washington
State hometown. Ellison finds himself almost overwhelmed when his dormant,
and repressed, hyperactive senses are brought back online after a period
of solitude on a remote stakeout. Anthropology doctoral candidate Blair
Sandburg (Garett Maggart), whose chosen field of research is "Sentinels"
-- people with such enhanced senses -- has the answers Ellison needs to
control and work with his powerful and unpredictable abilities. Ellison's
long-suffering captain, Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young) helps Ellison
and Sandburg make the most of Ellison's sensory advantage by watching their
backs and keeping their extrasensory escapades under the radar as much
June schedule, Season 3 episodes:
June 6th/7th - "The Inside Man"
June 13th/14th - "Vendetta"
June 20th/21st - "Fool Me Twice"
For further details, go to the website of Space: The Imagination Station:
(Thanks to Laura, Katherin, and Kay Lynne for the SPACE heads up,
and to Steffi for the screengrabs)
||[01 June 06] *** "The
District" airing in repeats on the USA Network; Richard appears in Seasons
1, 3, and 4*** -- USA is currently airing the show weekdays
at 9:00am ET. Remember to check your local listings or the USA
Network site for additional information:
USA's episode rotation is once again launching into Season 1, which
contains seven of Richard's episodes. He also appears in Seasons 3 and
4. Airing in early June are:
"The Agony and the Ecstasy" -- Monday, June 5th at 9am
"Running Towards Fire" -- Tuesday, June 6th at 9am
The show is also airing in syndication in Singapore.
A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can
be found on the Filmography page,
with an expanded listing and episode details on the District
Richard appeared in three of the show's four seasons in a total
of twelve episodes, playing the recurring role of the prickly and suspicious
Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs
Unfortunately, the show did not take maximum advantage of the Hunter
character, though they established an intriguing back-story for him in
the first season episode "The DC Strangler." Ella Farmer (played by
the late Lynn Thigpen) told Chief Mannion (Craig T. Nelson)
a bit about Hunter. He was a highly-decorated officer with a relatively
high solve rate while in Homicide, a department he left after discovering
his wife -- also a police officer -- in bed with his partner..
(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, to Gerri for the Singapore broadcast
info, to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides
website for production details)
||[01 June 06] *** Look
for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"
Richard appeared in six episodes of the recently canceled
CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband,
Cassidy in the following episodes:
"People of the Lie" (Monday, Jun 5th)
"The Best Interests of the Child" (Wednesday, Jun 7th)
"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" (Wednesday, Jun 14th)
Judging Amy airs in two-episode blocks weekdays as part of TNT's
"Primetime in the Daytime," where it appears Monday - Friday at 12:00noon
and 1:00pm ET/PT.
A complete list of Richard's Judging Amy episodes can be found at the
Page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the Judging
Amy Guide page.
Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local
listings, as well as the TVNow website.
TNT's website -- http://www.tnt.tv/
TVNow listing -- www.tv-now.com/
(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the Judging Amy screengrabs, to TNT
for the scheduling info, and to the Epguides website for production details)
[01 June 06]*** Check out the Burgi Bonanza
at amazon.com *** -- All the items listed below are available at either
amazon.com or its subsidiary, amazon.ca, and all feature Richard Burgi
in some capacity. **NOTE** Always verify the current prices at Amazon.com,
as they do fluctuate with market forces.
Your amazon.com account information will work equally well with the
Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/
Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season (2004) DVD
Set -- MSRP $59.99
Release date: August 29, 2006. Not yet available for purchase.
Richard appears in 16 of the season's 24 episodes, still carrying a
torch for his ex-wife Susan while shacking up with neightborhood sex-pot
1) Fun With Dick and Jane (Widescreen?) (2005) DVD -- $14.46 (50%
Release date: April 11, 2006. Now available for pre-order.
2) Fun With Dick & Jane [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98 (no discount)
Release date: January 24, 2006. Now available.
Richard plays Joe Cleeman, Dick Harper's next-door neighbor and nemesis
in the "keeping up with the Joneses" arena. One of the film's first scenes
finds Joe and Dick engaged in a game of "my car's better than your car."
1) The Sentinel - The Complete First Season (3pc) (Full) (1996)
DVD Set -- $33.96 (15% discount)
Release date: April 18, 2006. Now available purchase.
2) The Sentinel: Original Soundtrack (1996 Television Series) [SOUNDTRACK]
-- used & new from $14.50
Release date: February 24, 1998
Richard plays Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working in his Washington
State hometown as a detective in the Major Crime unit. Ellison is genetically
blessed -- or cursed -- with enhanced senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste,
and touch are all far more acute than the norm. With the aid of graduate
student Blair Sandburg, Jim learns those like him are called Sentinels,
and in ages past, they served as watchmen and protectors of their communities.
More importantly, he learns how to use his senses to his advantage as a
Action: The Complete Series (2pc) (Full) (1999) DVD Set -- $15.99
Release date: February 21, 2006. Now available.
Richard plays Cole Riccardi in two episodes of the controversial and
short-lived Fox series. "Pilot" introduces us to Peter Dragon and his production
company, and to Cole Riccardi, Dragon's action movie leading man of choice.
"Blowhard" finds Dragon backing himself into a corner when he scrambles
to convince closeted Cole that coming out as a gay man isn't a prudent
"In Her Shoes" (Widescreen Edition) (2005) DVD -- $19.36 (35%
Release date: January 31, 2006. Now available.
Richard plays Jim Danvers, a senior partner at the law firm where Rose
Feller (Toni Collette) works. Jim, something of a cad, strives to mend
his ways while involved with Rose, and all is well until Rose's floozyish
sister Maggie (Cameron Diaz) takes up temporary residence on her sister's
couch. Rose catches Jim and Maggie en flagrante in her bed, which launches
the film's major character odysseys for the Feller sisters.
Seinfeld Season Five (1990) DVD Set -- $36.99 (25% discount)
Release date: November 22, 2005. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears on Disc 4 in "The Hamptons," playing Dr. Ben, the handsome
pediatrician Elaine takes a shining to. Elaine is quite pleased to be described
as "breathtaking" by Ben, until she realizes he uses the same word to describe
their hosts' spectacularly ugly baby. Meanwhile, George suffers cold water
induced "shrinkage" and is seen naked by Jerry's girlfriend.
The Flash - The Complete Series (1990) DVD Set -- $44.66 (25% discount)
Release date: January 10, 2006. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in "Deadly Nightshade," playing handsome, wealthy, and
mentally unbalanced Curtis Bohannan. Tormented by the deeds of his deceased
father, Bohannan takes up the persona of a hero of yesteryear, a vigilante
known as the Deadly Nightshade. Unfortunately, Bohannan is considerably
more reckless and violent than the original, and soon crosses swords with
The Scarlet Speedster himself.
Point Pleasant - The Complete Series (2005) DVD Set -- $19.97 (50%
Release date: October 25, 2005. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in all 13 episodes of the short-lived FOX dramatic supernatural
series, playing Dr. Ben Kramer, patriarch of the Kramer family. Ben and
his family -- wife Meg (Susan Walters) and daughter Judy (Aubrey Dollar)
-- take the mysterious Christina (Elisabeth Harnois)into their home as
she strives to find out who she is and where she comes from.
1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season (2004) DVD Set
-- $59.99 (no discount)
Release date: September 20, 2005. Now available for purchase.
2) Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors (Paperback; first season
companion book) -- $11.67 (34% discount)
Release date: September 28, 2005. Now available for purchase.
Richard appears in 3 episodes of the first season of ABC's blockbuster
satirical drama series. The third episode introduces him as Karl Mayer,
flaky midlife-crisis-ing ex-husband of Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer. Karl
remains a part of Susan's life as the father of their teenage daughter,
and pops up to bedevil Susan at the most inopportune times.
Both the series and Teri Hatcher earned Golden Globes for this season.
24 Season One (2001) DVD Set -- $34.66 (42% discount)
Richard appears in 12 episodes of the first season of FOX's ground-
and record-breaking drama series. The first episode introduces him as Alan
York, concerned father of a missing daughter. As the series unfolds, we
discover Alan is not who he appears -- he is, in fact, Kevin Carroll, a
cold-blooded assassin and mercenary.
The series and series lead Kiefer Sutherland would go on to earn Golden
Globes for this season.
24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and
Alice Alfonsi -- $11.02 (35% discount)
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information
on the characters involved in the unfolding story. Richard's character,
the murderous mercenary Kevin Carroll, is shown to be an ex-Fed with an
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season
(2001) DVD Set -- $67.99 (19% discount)
Richard appears in the episode "High and Low" as paragliding instructor
Rick Weston. (Trivia note: "Starship Troopers 2" costar Colleen Porch also
appears in "High and Low").
Cellular (2004) DVD, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $12.99
Richard plays Craig Martin, husband of Kim Basinger's Jessica Martin.
Craig, a realtor, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time
and observes -- and videotapes -- crooked cops executing hoodlums. Craig
secures the camera in his safety deposit box, and calls to warn Jessica.
Unfortunately, the crooked cops get to the Martin home before Jessica gets
1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- $7.99 (no discount)
2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $16.98 (no discount)
The novelization will be an interesting read, especially if it delves
a little deeper into the character of Craig Martin (Richard's role in "Cellular")
"Cellular" is also available on DVD.
Decoys (2003) DVD [US market version] -- $12.99 (13% discount)
Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk in this tongue-in-cheek take on
the "aliens need humans to reproduce" sci-fi theme. Director Matt Hastings
has described "Decoys" as a meeting of "American Pie" and "Species."
There are two versions of the DVD currently available. The US-market
version available through amazon.com does not include the deleted
scenes and bloopers included in the Canadian-market version (see next entry).
Canadian-market version from amazon.ca
Decoys (2003) DVD -- CDN $13.46 (10% discount)
New release: 07 June 2005
The Canadian-market DVD includes an assortment of deleted scenes, the
bloopers, a "making of" special, and a photo gallery. The deleted scenes
help explain some aspects of the film which are confusing or vague in the
theatrical release, and Richard's scenes and bloopers are hilarious.
1) Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $24.96 (50% discount)
2) Firefly (Original Television Soundtrack) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $12.98
Richard appears in the episode "The Message" as Lt. Womack, an unscrupulous
Alliance Enforcement officer. Womack is after an old war buddy of Malcolm
and Zoe's and is quite determined to get what he's after.
Had the series continued, Womack would probably have become a recurring
1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $12.99
New release: 07 July 2005
2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98 (no discount)
Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax in "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the
Federation." The DVD includes the widescreen movie, a "making of" featurette
which includes interviews with the cast and behind the scenes footage,
a photo gallery, and look at the animation process.
The soundtrack CD presents the entire "Troopers 2" suite, which includes
the haunting Dax's Theme.
[01 June 06] *** Write to Richard care of
the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in
sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which
is listed below. This allows Richard to better handle
his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes
through appropriate channels.
Mr. Richard Burgi
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be
sent to Richard's home address! Receiving fan mail through his
home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially
from the standpoint of privacy and safety. If you have come across
what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it! We
-- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us
know where you came across the address by using this e-mail
link to the RBFC.
While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded
to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts
be sent to him. Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity
those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming. Richard
would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to
a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Pacific
Marine Mammal Center .