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Last Updated: 22 June 2005

Richard costars with Vivian Wu in "Shanghai Red," a feature film now shooting in Shanghai, China

Chances are good for Richard's Karl Mayer to return to "Desperate Housewives" in the Fall

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" gets the MST3K treatment on Encore Action Channel

Sci Fi Channel to air Joss Whedon's "Firefly" in July as part of Friday night lineup; Richard guests in "The Message"

Latest news on Richard's completed feature films:

20th Century Fox completes filming of all 13 "Point Pleasant" episodes; complete season now airing in Sweden

Keep an eye on  The USA Network for Richard's episodes of "The District"

Catch Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" and on the Hallmark Channel

Got a Burgi fan on your gift list? has you covered!

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard goes to Shanghai for latest movie, Shanghai Red [22 Jun 05] *** Richard goes to Shanghai to film "Shanghai Red"*** -- Richard is now in Shanghai, China, where he will be working for the next 6-8 weeks on "Shanghai Red," a feature film from MARdeORO Films and Shanghai Film Studios.

Written, directed, and produced by Oscar Luis Costo, the film stars Vivian Wu ("Pillowbook," "A Bright Shining Lie," "8 1/2 Women," "The Joy Luck Club") as Meili Zhu and Richard Burgi as Michael Johnson. They are joined by Ge You ("Farewell My Concubine," "To Live," "A World Without Thieves"), Roger Yuan ("Shanghai Noon," "Vanishing Son," "Bulletproof Monk"), and Sun Honglei ("Zhou Yu's Train").

Writer and director Oscar Costo graciously shared a description of  "Shanghai Red" with us:

"'Shanghai Red' is a dramatic film about the journey of a young, modern Shanghai mother Meili Zhu (Vivian Wu) who suffers the loss of her husband and how she comes to terms with her state of depression. In her murderous journey of revenge, Meili meets Michael Johnson (Richard Burgi), an expatriate American from Chicago escaping his own dark past. Even though Michael's motives for being with Meili are originally laced with deception, he ultimately finds hope, love and honor through her."

"Shanghai Red" was borne out of Vivian Wu's desire to craft a series of films based in her beloved hometown and featuring modern Shanghai women, and to make the films -- and Shanghai --  accessible to an international audience by including well-known and respected Western actors, directors, and cinematographers. 

"I am planning to introduce some top Hollywood filmmakers to my hometown and, in  particular, I want them to make a series of movies portaying modern 'Shanghai Ladies,'" Wu told the Shanghai Daily News. "The film 'Shanghai Red,' which will start shooting soon, is just the first step."

"I love Shanghai so much that I will try my best to promote the stunning culture and fashions of this dynamic city to the world," Wu added.

"Shanghai Red," which was written by Wu's husband, Oscar Costo, is their first chance to work together on a film. It's also something of a love letter from Costo to Wu. "I wanted to create a role out of my heart for her," Costo told writer Adam Minter. "Because with all of the roles that she's done, I really believe that she's never been pushed to the limit as an actor."

(Thanks to Jude for the initial heads up, to Richard for confirmation, to Oscar Costo for the terrific intro to the story and characters, and to Deborah, JoAnn and MJ, our search engine Maestras) 

Richard's Karl Mayer likely to return to Desperate Housewives [22 Jun 05] *** Look for Richard's Karl Mayer to return to Wisteria Lane in the Fall *** -- Richard plays Karl Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's jerk of an ex-husband on ABC's blockbuster hit Desperate Housewives.  Previously seen in "Pretty Little Picture" and "Move On," Karl was back to bedevil his ex in "One Wonderful Day," the highly-anticipated season finale. It seems likely his inclusion in the finale served to reintroduce Karl to viewers, which would seem to bode well for additional appearances in the new season. 

Interestingly, a recent news blurb mentioned Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry's intention to make a prequel episode detailing the early days of the Housewives and their families on Wisteria Lane. "I would love to do an episode showing the day when all the women moved on to Wisteria Lane. I would want everyone back," said Cherry.

Nicolette Sheridan, who plays neighborhood vamp Edie Britt, also made an intriguing comment during Entertainment Tonight's coverage of the ABC up-fronts in New York. When asked about the rumor that next season would see Edie doing something to Susan, Sheridan told the reporter that Edie would have an affair with someone near and dear to Susan's heart.  As it seems unlikely that Mike (Jamie Denton) Delfino would two-time Susan with Edie, Karl is the most logical candidate.

Interested in buying the first season of Desperate Housewives on DVD? While the Season One box set won't be available in stores until its September 20th release date, the DVD set is available for pre-order at Currently the discounted pre-order price is $38.99. (For reference purposes, the ASIN number for the DVD set is B00079FUI6).

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website.

(Thanks to Deborah for the info, and to Danny for the screengrabs) 

Starship Troopers 2 to get MST3K treatment on Encore [22 Jun 05] *** Catch Richard when "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" gets the MST3K treatment on Premium Cable's Encore Action Channel this week *** -- While the Starz Channel will air "Starship Troopers 2" at 10:45pm ET on Thursday, June 23rd, the Encore Action Channel airing at 4:40pm ET on Saturday, June 25th will steal the show.

Encore is leading into the June 29th theatrical premiere of Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" with an "Alien Invasion" movie marathon. The marathon will be hosted by "The Film Crew," better known to TV viewers as the Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys, and undoubtedly the highlight of the marathon will be the MST3K-style commentary running between the movies themselves. "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" will get its turn on the hot-seat at 4:40pm ET on Saturday, June 25th. Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. Disgraced and imprisoned in the outpost's incinerator for killing his commanding officer, he is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax is called upon to rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...

(Thanks to MJ for the ST2 heads up and the news of the MST3K-ing, and to Danny for the ST2 screengrabs)

Richard plays Lt. Womack in Firefly's The Message [22 Jun 05] *** Catch Richard in "the Message" when Firefly joins the Sci Fi Channel's Friday night lineup  -- Fridays at 7:00pm ET, starting July 22nd ***  -- According to a recent news update at, the Sci Fi Channel has secured rerun rights to all fifteen episodes of Firefly, Joss Whedon's short-lived "Western in space." Sci Fi will incorporate Firefly into its Friday night lineup, where it will serve as the lead-in to Sci Fi's popular Stargate: SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica, all of which begin their new season in July. Sci Fi will debut Firefly on Friday, July 22nd at 7:00pm ET.

Richard Burgi appears as Lt. Womack in "The Message." Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December 2002, "The Message" was one of the last of 15 episodes ordered by FOX, and the last episode filmed. 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."

The script had this to say of Alliance Enforcement officer Womack: "He's been around the block, and likely beaten up everybody on it."  Womack was intended to be a recurring character -- a shady lawman who would undoubtedly cross paths with the Serenity at the most inconvenient times. 

Axed by the FOX Network with the final three or four episodes of its 15-episode first season still unaired, Firefly quickly built on its cult status as it aired in syndication in international markets. When the series was released as a boxed DVD set, it did brisk business, further building the show's popularity and encouraging Universal to green-light Whedon's feature film version of the series, "Serenity," which is due in theaters later this year.

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, and to Becky and Earthgrazer for the screengrabs)

Richard plays Jim Danvers in In Her Shoes [22 Jun 05] *** New trailer for "In Her Shoes" now playing in theaters nationwide at various online sites, and Richard Burgi's in it! ***  -- With the revised October 7th premiere date drawing ever closer,  trailers for the film are turning up online at Yahoo, at the Apple website, and at the local cineplex, currently attached to "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "Bewitched." Richard  is featured in the trailer in a scene with Cameron Diaz. Jim Danvers (Richard) knocks on the door of girlfriend Rose's (Toni Collette) apartment, only to be met by her sister Maggie (Diaz). Jim, easy prey to temptation, is unable to resist ogling the half-dressed Maggie.

"In Her Shoes" stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard joined the cast in February '04 and "wrapped out" in mid April with some location scenes in Philadelphia. Richard plays Jim Danvers, one of Rose's (Collette) love interests.  According to the character breakdown, Danvers is "a handsome, suave attorney at the law firm of Lewis, Dommel and Fenick. He's also a cold-hearted ladies man who dumps women without thinking twice."

Based on the Jennifer Weiner book of the same title, "In Her Shoes" was screenwritten by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. Rebecca Klein, writing for The Action Insider, gives this brief description of the film's premise:

"This feature film from Fox 2000 will star Cameron Diaz as Maggie Feller, a free-spirited but immature party girl who dreams of stardom. She moves in with her career-oriented older sister Rose after getting evicted from her own apartment.  Sibling rivalry follows when Rose kicks Maggie out after she trashes the apartment and sleeps with Rose's boyfriend."

One of the reasons given for the shift in premiere dates from April to October was that it better positions the film for Oscar consideration, a decision in tune with Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine's assessment. "That's the one," she said in the April 29 & May 6 issue of Entertainment Weekly. "That's the one that might be Oscar material." MacLaine plays Ella Hirsch, Maggie and Rose's long-lost grandmother.

To learn more about "In Her Shoes," visit author Jennifer Weiner's website at

Production details on "In Her Shoes" can be found at the IMDb website at

(Thanks to Richard, Kat, and Deborah for the information and the subsequent sleuthing, and to MJ and Deborah for the screengrabs)

Richard plays Joe in Fun with Dick and Jane [22 Jun 05] *** "Fun with Dick and Jane" trailers now playing online and in your local cineplex *** -- Trailers for "Fun with Dick and Jane" are now appearing in cinemas across the country (seen thus far in showings of "Bewitched") and at various online sources. Richard appears in two scenes as the Harper's next door neighbor, Joe.

The trailer can be viewed at the Moviefone website in several formats, including QuickTime and AOL Player. The URL is:

** Premiere now scheduled for December '05 ** -- According to an article issued by, the premiere of "Fun with Dick and Jane" has been pushed back to December 21st to give the producers more more time to complete the film. Sony's Jeff Blake told Reuters that they were having to rush to meet the original June premiere date, which made the Christmas holidays the best alternative.

Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni headline this update of the 1977 original, which starred Jane Fonda and George Segal. Carrey and 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, apparently preying on their wealthy neighbors and friends.

Richard Burgi, who worked on the film for five weeks, plays neighbor Joe Klieman (spelling uncertain).

The production began principal photography  in Los Angeles in early September '04, with outdoor "neighborhood" location work taking place on the Rancho Palos Verdes, CA shoreline. The film also did considerable location work across Los Angeles before wrapping principal photography in early 2005. According to the listing, "Fun with Dick and Jane" is now complete.

(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the initial info and to Deborah for the online sleuthing)

Richard's Point Pleasant films all 13 episodes [22 Jun 05] *** 20th Century Fox Television completes filming of 13-episode Point Pleasant order *** -- Although the FOX Network officially cancelled the struggling supernatural drama as of March 24th (with the March 17th episode being the last one aired), 20th Century Fox decided to compete the 13-episode order. April 14th was the last day of filming for Point Pleasant.

Completing the production run allows 20th Century Fox to honor its international broadcast contracts (the show is presently airing in Sweden on TV3, where they are now running the episodes left unaired by FOX) and to offer a complete DVD package to the Home Video market. Series executive producer Marti Noxon advised fans to contact FOX and express interest in and desire for a DVD set.

 "If you feel inclined you can bug Fox studios to issue the season on DVD," said Noxon. "I know they are thinking about it - and you'd get to see all the "lost" eps, which will be airing overseas."

A good starting place would probably be the 20th Century Fox website -- -- with being a good alternate.

"Snail Mail" is often considered to be the most effective outreach method, and at this point, the actual production arm is the most likely candidate. As Point Pleasant is a 20th Century Fox Television Production, the following address is probably most appropriate:

P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900

As there is the slimmest possibility that FOX may decide to air the remaining episodes as summer filler, the FOX network email address may come in handy:

Point Pleasant went into production in November '04 at the San Diego studios of Stu Segall Productions with a 13-episode order and wrapped production on April 14th 2005 .

Episodes and US broadcast status:
"Pilot" (premiere part 1) -- aired 19 Jan
"Human Nature" (premiere part 2) -- aired 20 Jan
"Who's Your Daddy?" -- aired 27 Jan
"The Lonely Hunter" -- aired 03 Feb
"Last Dance" -- aired 10 Feb
"Secrets and Lies" -- aired 17 Feb
"Unraveling" -- aired 10 Mar
"Swimming With Boyd" -- aired 17 Mar
"Waking The Dead" -- unaired in US
"Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Choked" -- unaired in US
"Missing" -- unaired in US
"Mother's Day" -- unaired in US
"Family Style" -- unaired in US

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant," and to Becky and Danny for the screengrabs)

Richard's episodes of The District airing on the USA Network [22 Jun 05] *** Richard's episodes of "The District" airing in repeats on the USA Network***  -- With CBS having dropped "The District"  from the Fall 2004 schedule, the USA Network has picked the show up for syndicated broadcast.

USA is currently airing the show in two-episode blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11:00am and 12:00 noon, with additional airings at 6:00pm throughout the week. Remember to check your local listings or the USA Networks website for scheduling information.

Richard's episodes of The District are:

  • "Worst Block" episode #1.03, prod. #102
  • "Surveillance" episode #1.04, prod. #103
  • "How They Lived" episode #1.06, prod. #105
  • "The Santa Wars" episode #1.10, prod. #110
  • "The D.C. Strangler" episode #1.11, prod. #109
  • "The Agony and the Ecstasy" episode #1.19, prod. #119
  • "Running Towards Fire" episode #1.20, prod. #117
  • "The Second Man" episode #3.07, prod. #307
  • "Good-bye, Jenny" episode #3.11, prod. #311
  • "Jack's Back" episode #4.01, prod. #401
  • "Blind Eye" episode #4.06, prod. #405
  • "In God We Trust" episode #4.09, prod. #409
Visit the USA Network site for additional information:

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 Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

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..

A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can be found on the Biography page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the  District Guide page.

(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)

Catch Richard in Judging Amy on TNT and the Hallmark Channel [22 Jun 05] *** Look for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" and on the Hallmark Channel ***-- Richard appeared in six episodes of the recently canceled CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. While Michael had not been seen since "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," he retained joint custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) and still had feelings for Amy. 

Viewers have a chance to catch up on Richard's episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where "Judging Amy" airs Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 1:00pm ET/PT, or on  The Hallmark Channel, where "Judging Amy" airs at varying times in the afternoon and evening Monday - Friday.  Richard's episodes, in original order, are:

  • "The Justice League of America" 
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" 
  • "Lost in the System" 
  • "People of the Lie" 
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" 
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" 
Visit the TNT and Hallmark websites for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

TNT's website --

Hallmark's website --

TVNow listing  --

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)

[22 Jun 05]*** Check out the Burgi Bonanza at *** -- All the items listed below are available at either or its subsidiary,, and all feature Richard Burgi in some capacity. **NOTE** Always verify the current prices at, as they do fluctuate with market forces.

Your account information will work equally well with the Canadian subsidiary.

Amazon in the USA:

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Richard appears in 3 episodes of Season 1

Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season (2004) DVD Set -- $38.99 (35% discount)
Release date: September 20, 2005. Now available for pre-order.
ASIN: B00079FU16

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.

Richard appears in 12 episodes of Season 1

24 Season One (2002) DVD Set -- $41.99 (30% discount)
ASIN: B00005JLF2

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.

Richard's character Kevin Carroll, AKA Alan York, is discussed in both books

Books on 24 (both mention Richard's character)

1) 24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $11.53 (30% discount)
ISBN: 0060535504 
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story 

2) 24: The Unofficial Guide by Jim Sangster -- $69.70
ISBN: 1843570343
A more traditional approach to the series guide -- episode listings, production details, et cetera (now out of print)

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season on DVD -- $67.49 (25% discount)
ASIN: B0001906X6

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 DVD now available

Cellular (2004) DVD, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $22.38  (20% discount)

Richard plays Craig Martin, husband of Kim Basinger's Jessica Martin.


Cellular novelization may offer additional insights into Craig Martin

1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- $7.99
ISBN: 1844161048

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $16.98 
ASIN: B00049QLC8

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 now available on DVD. The film lived up to expectations in theaters worldwide after premiering on September 10th 2004.

The US-market DVD doesn't include bloopers or deleted scenes

Decoys (2004) DVD [US market version] -- $22.46 (10% discount)
ASIN: B0002J4X3O

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 does not include the deleted scenes and bloopers included in the Canadian-market version (see next entry).

Canadian-market Decoys DVD has deleted scenes and bloopers

Canadian-market version from
Decoys (2004) DVD -- CDN $10.47 (30% 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.

Richard appears as Womack in The Message

Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $34.99 (30% discount)
ASIN: B0000AQ50F

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 character.

Richard plays Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $10.46 (30% discount)

New release: 07 July 2005

2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98
ASIN: B00028HOC2

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.

[22 Jun 05] *** 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 .
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