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Last Updated: 11 July 2003

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

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

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

"Wheelmen" website email links offline; use this link to enquire about release dates

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

Firefly complete series DVD  box set to hit the shelves in December -- but Canadian viewers will see it on TV first

Firefly updates -- Richard's character identified!

UK Sci-Fi airing The Sentinel at 6pm Tuesday - Friday; US Sci-Fi airs at 10:00am Monday - Friday

French fans, The Sentinel is back on M6!

Look for Richard in "Judging Amy" summer repeats -- next up, "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"

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

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard as Chad Rollo[11 Jul 03] *** Soapnet Cable network acquires 9,000 episodes of NBC Soap "Another World," circa 1987; Richard played Chad Rollo from '86 to '88 *** -- Starting July 1st, Soapnet began broadcasting vintage episodes of "Another World," airing each episode three times a day. Richard's Chad Rollo was the show's bad boy -- an entertainment manager with a shady past as a pimp. Towards the end of his tenure, Rollo was mending his ways somewhat, and was involved in one of Daytime's first AIDS storylines -- his sister, Dawn, became infected after a transfusion from their ne'er-do-well mother.

Soapnet launches into "Another World" just as MJ  -- Chad's one-time girlfriend and former member of his prostitution stable -- decides to risk all by telling her fiance of her sordid secret past.

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

(Thanks to Summer for the Soapnet information, and to MJ and JoAnn for the updates)

RB as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2

(Top) Richard Burgi as Captain Dax: Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2. (Bottom) Richard Burgi stars as Captain Dax in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2
(Photos courtesy of Tippett Studios and, Copyright © 2003 StarTroop Pictures Inc. Photos by Paul M. Sammon)

[11 Jul 03] *** Richard completes principal photography on Lead role in Starship Troopers sequel ** -- Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. Richard plays Captain Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett is shooting from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studios produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).

When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man standing at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. 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 must 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...

Screenwriter Ed Neumeier discussed his script for the new Starship Troopers film in an interview with Moviehole: Movie News & Reviews ( "The idea for the sequel was essentially that Phil Tippett should direct a movie. I have always had tremendous respect for Phil's talent and felt a great personal debt to him for the extraordinary work he did on both RoboCop and Starship Troopers. The script for Starship 2 pretty much took its cues from what Phil wanted to do and what was possible given the limitations of the budget. Phil's idea was that we should sort of reverse what had been done with the first two Alien movies. If Starship Troopers was a gung-ho bughunt adventure ala Aliens, then Starship 2 would be a more moody horror picture like Alien."

Starship Troopers 2 announcement banner
Including Richard, the cast of "Starship Troopers 2" consists of:

Richard Burgi.......................Captain Dax
Colleen Porch...................Pvt. Lei Sahara
Ed Quinn............................Pvt. Joe Griff
Drew Powell...................Pvt. Kipper Tor
Ed Lauter............General J. G. Shepherd
Kelly Carlson...............Pvt. Charlie Soda
Cy Carter........................Pvt. Billie Otter
Brenda Strong................Sgt. Dede Rake
Lawrence Monoson..........Lt. Pavlov Dill
Jason-Shane Scott.........Pvt. Duff Horton
Sandrine Holt...................Pvt. Jill Sandee
J.P. Manoux....................T/Sgt. Ari Peck
Bill Brown........................Pvt. Otis Brick
Brian Tee..........................Cpl. Thom Liu
David Wells...............Recruiting Sergeant
Oliver Keller...........................Trooper #2

The film is currently expected to be released in 2004 ( ) and is being shot in High Definition video, which will give the producers the option of a possible theatrical release as well as the officially-stated direct-to-DVD release.

Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers  website at Starship Troopers will work in association with Moviehole to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and will work with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.

The Moviehole website can be found at

Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at

(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers for the production information and images).

Richard Burgi and Stefanie von Pfetten in Decoys[11 Jul 03] *** Richard plays a detective in new sci-fi movie Decoys *** -- Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and April 2003 for a role in a new science fiction movie titled Decoys, which director Matt Hastings describes 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.

Decoys is expected to premiere sometime in Fall 2003.

DECOYS banner

To learn more about Decoys, visit the Official Decoys website at:

The film is also now listed at the IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at

Online hunting (thankyou, Google) has produced several detailed references, including several from The Ottawa Citizen. The Citizen had this to say of Decoys in an early article:

TV vets making feature film in Ottawa

Tony Lofaro
The Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, February 27, 2003

A former Baywatch star and a soap opera actor are joining the cast of a big-budgeted sci-fi thriller that begins filming Tuesday in Ottawa.

Nicole Eggert, who played Summer Quinn for two years on Baywatch, and Joe Lando, a series regular on One Life to Live who more recently played on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, are appearing in Decoys, a $5-million feature film that will be shooting at various locations in the city.

[RBFC note: We assume Richard took on the role originally assigned to Joe Lando in this article.]

It's the second movie in six months that is being filmed in Ottawa after last year's drama Outrage, which starred Alexandra Paul, also a former Baywatch regular.

Decoys is expected to hit theatres this fall.

Director Matt Hastings describes the film as "American Pie meets Species," although it will also have a "sci-fi bent" to it and some humour. It's the story of two beautiful female aliens who come to earth and begin a series of strange events at a college campus during a very cold winter.

Snow is an important element in the film -- the aliens are from an ice planet and need cold weather to survive -- and the recent big snowfall has been a boon for the production, he said.

"I'd say almost half the movie will be shot outside," said Mr. Hastings, who's been in Ottawa for a month scouting locations.

"Not a lot of the features have been shot here, and there's so many beautiful locations in the city that we will be tapping into."

The University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Father and Sons restaurant on Osgoode Street, other locations in Sandy Hill and the Lees Avenue campus of Algonquin College are slated for use.

Ottawa actress Krista Morin has one of the principal roles in the film, playing the part of Vikki Vickers, the head sorority sister at the college. She said the sudden arrival of these film productions is a good sign for Ottawa actors who have had to go elsewhere for film auditions.

"Ottawa is more of a theatre-based town, so this is pretty exciting. Before, we used to go to Montreal for auditions and shoot
there. But the fact that they're coming here to us is great," said Ms. Morin, 23, who appeared in the movie Confessions of a
Dangerous Mind.
More information as and when we get it.

(Thanks to Richard Burgi for the heads up, to Marc Heller of Reel One Entertainment for the Decoys website info, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")

[11 Jul 03] *** Wheelmen website woes -- faulty email links result in lost mail *** -- Wheelmen director Dirk Hagen has passed along some distressing news regarding the Wheelmen website at -- seems the "contact us" email generator has been forwarding visitor posts into the electronic abyss.

Mr. Hagen has passed along his sincere apologies and regrets for the loss of these messages, as well as his appreciation and thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write regarding Wheelmen. He has also very kindly authorized us to release a direct email link so that Richard's admirers can resend their questions and comments on Wheelmen.

Mr. Hagen and the folks at STRETCHPIX are particularly interested in seeing what sort of demand there is for the release of Wheelmen, especially in international markets. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Hagen's asking, so be sure to let him know where you live, and how much you're looking forward to seeing Richard in Wheelmen! Be sure to mention the format you're most interested in, and if you're also interested in buying the film on DVD at some point, be sure to mention that also.

Email link to Wheelmen director Dirk Hagen

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

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

Wheelmen logoPRESS RELEASE  APRIL 2003

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

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

Further updates will be posted shortly.

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

[15 Mar 03] *** sneak preview screening for the general public in Pasadena, CA -- Monday, March 10th at 10:00am at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 *** Director Dirk Hagen graciously invited the RBFC to the first public screening of Wheelmen, which was held at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 at 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California  at 10:00 am on Monday, March 10th.

Tickets to the matinee showing cost $5.50 and were available at the theater box office. "Wheelmen" is 93 minutes in length.

(Thanks to Dirk Hagen for the information and the invitation)

[16 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" to be represented at the American Film Market for foreign territories; domestic distribution negotiations continue *** In addition to presentation at the AFM, which opens Wednesday, February 19th, "Wheelmen" will be screened for international buyers on Monday, February 24th at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway in Santa Monica.

In addition to its theatrical release format, "Wheelmen" has been video-formatted for eventual television and DVD release.

[15 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" still awaiting finalization of distribution arrangements; no word yet on revised release date *** "Wheelmen," which stars Richard Burgi as former hotshot ambulance driver Nick Torino, is currently awaiting a distribution deal. Once such a deal has been finalized, the movie's release format will be decided and a release date announced.
Richard at Wheelmen screening A cinema screening for potential distributors was held on Thursday, August 22nd 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Those invited to attend the screening picked up their tickets at a check-in table set up in front of the movie's trademark Lincoln stretch limousine and, after a chance to "meet and greet" the actors and director, enjoyed refreshments before the movie (and a reception afterwards). After a few introductory words by director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" made its big-screen debut. 
*** Visit the "Wheelmen" official website *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found at . The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.
Richard and Wheelman castmates
Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.

The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page ), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema  screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).

Wheelmen poster; get a bigger version at the Wheelmen site FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Henry Eshelman / Catherine Shin
Phone: 310.550.7776
Email: /

Indie Film Wraps 19 Day Shoot in Los Angeles and Seeking Distribution

LOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich , line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.

NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin , Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson , Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.

As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.

[11 Jul 03] *** FOX announces release date for Firefly DVD set *** -- According to The Futon Critic ( -- "20th Gives 'Firefly," Five Other Street Dates," by Brian Ford Sullivan), 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment plans to release the Firefly DVD box set on December 9th, 2003. Information on price and DVD features will be released in the coming weeks.

** Firefly broadcast updates ** -- SPACE: The Imagination Station, Canada's sci-fi cable channel, plans to add Firefly to its schedule in September. The show will air weekly at 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT, with the premiere on Monday, September 8th. SPACE will air the entire series, including the three episodes FOX did not broadcast, and will air the show in the order intended by writer/producer Joss Whedon.
Firefly cast promo photos [11 Jul 03] *** Richard's episode of canceled FOX series Firefly to air on UK Sci Fi Channel July 28th *** -- Richard's UK-based fans will be the first to see him in "The Message," (production number 1AGE13) as unsavory Alliance Enforcement Officer Womack. (Monday, July 28th at 9:00pm).

Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December, "The Message" was one of the last of 15 episodes ordered by FOX. According to a brief description of the episode, "the crew must deliver the corpse of an old war comrade home, but things are not as they seem." 

"The Message" finds the crew of the Serenity making a quick stop for resupply and mail pickup. Mal (Nathan Fillion) and Zoe (Gina Torres) are the recipients of an oversize crate which, when opened, reveals the apparently dead body of their old war comrade Tracey. Back aboard Serenity, a recording reveals Tracey's wish that they transport his body back home.

As the Serenity lifts off, a battered Alliance Enforcement vessel lands. Womack and his team debark and head straight to the freight agency recently vacated by the Serenity crew. Seems he's come to retrieve the body of the dearly departed Tracey. 

The script has this to say of 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.

For more information on Firefly, visit the FireflyFans website at

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

[11 Jul 03]  *** The Sentinel now airing on Brit SciFi Channel, Tuesday through Friday at 6:00pm. *** --  According to an article in the "In Production - News" section (dated 22 Apr 03) of the Cult TV website ( ), The Sentinel was scheduled to join the UK's SciFi Channel schedule on June 17th, airing Tuesday through Friday at 6:00pm.
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
(Additional scheduling info courtesy of Sheila: "The SciFi Channel seems to be stripping it Tuesday - Friday at 6pm, repeating each episode at 1pm next day (Friday's episode being repeated the following week), then on Sunday 22nd they're showing Switchman twice, morning and then 6pm again. On Sunday 29th they're showing Siege. So they're both stripping it and showing it weekly").

The Cult TV article, titled "Sentinel Debuts in UK," had this to say of the series:

"Richard Burgi is Detective James Ellison, who crashes during a tour of duty in the jungles of Peru, while serving with the US Army's Special Forces. Unknown to him, months in the wilderness have left him with many psychic and perceptual gifts. His senses are heightened, and five years after his return to the States, he finds that he can suddenly use these skills to the greater good in his home of suburban Cascade, Washington. He has become the type of person foretold by the legends of ancient tribes -- he is a 'Sentinel.'

With a loyal following in America and in various territories around the world, The Sentinel finally gains itself a UK transmission. Having run from 1996 to 1999, 65 episodes were produced, and it is only now, thanks to Sci-Fi (Channel), that the gifted cop can be appreciated by British audiences."

The article went on to give a short resume for Richard:

"Star Richard Burgi is easily recognisable to fans of the first season of 24. Although we all thought he was Alan York, father of a missing teenage daughter, he turned out to be hired assassin Kevin Carroll! He has recently been seen on CSI as a paragliding instructor, and has appeared regularly on Judging Amy Stateside, replacing John Slattery in the role of Michael Cassidy, ex-husband of Judge Amy Gray. He's also reprised his role of Captain Hunter in The District this year."

(Thanks to Gwen for the initial UK SciFi news, and to Kitty for the Cult TV update)

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

(Thanks to Christine for the heads up)

*** UPDATE: Sci-Fi Channel now airing The Sentinel weekdays at 10:00am ET *** Keep up with Richard as Jim Ellison now that The Sentinel is in an earlier spot on the Sci-Fi schedule, airing Monday to Friday at 10:00am ET/PT.

Sentinel on SciFi Banner
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
July 7th - 11th
07 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Four Point Shot"
08 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Dead End on Blank Street"
09 Jul -- 10:00am -- "The Waiting Room"
10 Jul -- 10:00am -- "The Real Deal"
11 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Most Wanted"
July 14th - 18th
14 Jul -- 10:00am -- "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg"
15 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Switchman (Pilot)"
16 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Siege"
17 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Killers"
18 Jul -- 10:00am -- "The Debt"
July 28th - August  1st
28 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Cypher"
29 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Night Train"
30 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Rogue"
31 Jul -- 10:00am -- "Love and Guns"
01 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
August 4th - 8th
04 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
05 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
06 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
07 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
08 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
August 11th - 15th
11 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
12 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
13 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
14 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
15 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
August 18th - 22nd
18 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
19 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
20 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
21 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
22 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
August 25th - 29th
25 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
26 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
27 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
28 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
29 Aug -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
September 1st - 5th 
01 Sep -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
02 Sep -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
03 Sep -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
04 Sep -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
05 Sep -- 10:00am -- "TBA"
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel website for further details ( ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.

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

[11 Jul 03]  *** Richard comes under the wire with one more Judging Amy *** -- Richard's latest episode of Judging Amy, titled "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," originally aired 06 May 03. Look for it in Summer reruns, most likely in August.
Richard in Marry, Marry Quite Contrary
"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" finds Amy (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a promising new relationship with Stu (Reed Diamond) which takes a somewhat unexpected turn when Stu proposes to her. TV Guide says of the episode:

"Amy feels conflicted about whether to tell Lauren that She's in a romantic relationship with Stu. Meanwhile, Peter worries Gillian is setting herself up for a disappointment bu believing that their baby is a girl. Elsewhere Kyle has a business date with Lily for the ballet; Kimberly Fallon (Alice Dodd) is in Amy's courtroom defending a 16-year-old's decision to get married; and Bruce ruffles a parole officer's feathers by personally investigating a teen's probation violation."

Amy's relationship troubles lead to a period of self-doubt, which comes to a head when Michael comes over to drop off one of Lauren's (Karle Warren) schoolbooks. Amy invites her ex-husband in for coffee and at first, Michael is hesitant, not sure exactly what to expect. Michael has just as many surprises for Amy, as he is gentle, compassionate and considerate when she reveals her doubts and fears to him.

Amy wonders whether her problems with long-term relationships result from her own inadequacies, going so far as to speculate that their own marriage problems may have all been her fault. Michael doesn't take the easy, self-serving route; instead, he gently jokes with Amy that her problems stem from her never having gotten over him, reminds her of the undeniable good times they shared, and lets her off the hook, displaying a new depth of self-awareness and compassion. As he tells her, once, a long time ago, he had a perfect marriage and wife and didn't know what he had until he had lost it. A warm hug and kiss later, Michael is out the door, reminding Amy that he'll pick their daughter up on the weekend as usual.

This most recent episode is Richard's sixth so far of the popular CBS drama as Michael Cassidy, ex-husband of Judge Amy Gray. His previous episode of Judging Amy, titled "The Best Interests of the Child," took Michael and Amy (Amy Brenneman) into court to bo battle for their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren). Michael stood a very good chance of winning the case, but he withdrew from the proceedings at the last minute. A confused Amy later learned that Michael's second wife had announced she was leaving him, which meant he could no longer offer Lauren the two-parent home he had counted on.

Richard officially returned to Judging Amy  as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, would figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."

"Lost in the System," which originally aired 01 Oct 02,  found Michael (Richard Burgi) and Amy (Amy Brenneman) involved in mediation sessions to see if they could arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution to Michael's concerns regarding the custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren). Amy's apparent reluctance to take the process seriously frustrated Michael and would eventually lead him to pursue custody in Court.

Richard in Lost in the System

The second of Richard's Fall 2002 episodes, "People of the Lie," originally aired on 10 Dec 02 and repeated on 10 Jun 03. The episode took Michael and Amy  further down the road towards a messy custody battle for their daughter Lauren.

Richard in People of the Lie
As TV Guide puts it in their online synopsis: "Amy must decide whether a 6-year-old girl was coerced into making sexual-abuse allegations against her father, and worries when Michael (Richard Burgi) stops mediation in their custody dispute."

Interestingly, one of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars also appears in this episode -- Miriam Flynn plays the part of Amy's new interior decorator, "Winky."

The third of Richard's Fall 2002 episodes was "The Best Interests of the Child," which brought Michael and Amy into Court and Amy's skills and judgement as a parent into question. It also brought the custody dispute between Amy  and her ex-husband to its inevitable climax.

Richard as Michael Cassidy in The Best Interests of the Child
TV Guide's description of the episode went on to say: "Amy (Amy Brenneman) is prepared for the worst as the bitter battle for custody of Lauren (Karle Warren) finally nears an end.

Among the first to testify at the hearing is Lauren's father, Michael (Richard Burgi), who serves his own self-interests by effectively arguing that his ex has demonstrated a lack of parenting skills in the past year. To improve her client's chances of winning, Amy's lawyer (Caroline McWilliams) advises putting the 10-year-old on the stand to say she wants to live with her mother -- an idea Amy adamantly opposes. Meanwhile, Maxine continues to rationalize that keeping her distance from Eric before her former charge stands trial for murder is in his best interest."

Michael and his attourney present an effective case which has Amy doubting her own ability and judgement where parenting is concerned. She heads for court fully expecting the worst, only to learn that Michael has withdrawn the case due to a drastic change in his own circumstances -- second wife Leisha has decided to leave him.  When Amy goes to his hotel room to seek an explanation, she finds a despondent Michael who -- despite his own convictions that his arguments for assuming custody of Lauren were valid -- has decided to do what is best for their daughter. As things now stand, Amy is most able to provide their daughter with the loving and stable home she needs, and Michael loves her enough to do what is best for Lauren.

Amy shocks Michael by telling him to pick Lauren up at the usual time on the weekend -- her way of letting him know the custody arrangements would go back to their original terms.

Richard's episodes so far:

  • "The Justice League of America" (episode 3.18) aired 26 Mar 02
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (episode 3.23) aired 14 May 02
  • "Lost in the System" (episode 4.01) aired 01 Oct 02
  • "People of the Lie" (episode 4.10) aired 10 Dec 02
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" (episode 4.13) aired 21 Jan 03
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" (episode 4.23) aired 06 May 03
Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS series was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (26 Mar 02) which reintroduced viewers to Michael Cassidy. (The role has been played in previous seasons by John Slattery, who was apparently unavailable due to his current commitment to the series "Ed"). Filmed in early April, the May 14th episode brought Richard's recurring Judging Amy appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Gray's ex-husband Michael Cassidy likely in the Fall 2002 season.

Judging Amy is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.

According to the CBS website,  "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly) ; re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."

To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website:

Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!

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

[15 Apr 03]  *** French fans get to enjoy Richard's role in 24 all over again -- 24 launches April 2nd on French national TV, Chanel TF 1 ***  24 -- or "24 Heures Chrono" as it is known in French-language markets -- premiered on "free" television on Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:45pm. We are assuming a continuing Wednesday timeslot.

(Thanks to Sylvette for the update)

*** First season of 24 launches in Switzerland on French-language Television Suisse Romande -- Thursdays, starting on March 6th. ***  According to TV8, the TV guide for French-speaking Switzerland, the first season of 24 will launch this Thursday in its first European non-pay TV broadcast. TV8 interviewed Richard for an article announcing the launch.

Richard Burgi as Alan York/Kevin Carroll in 24

"I adored breaking my image!" - Richard Burgi

Richard in Swiss TV Guide articleHaving the looks of a poster boy for seduction and charm, Richard Burgi could easily have remained his whole life in soap operas like Days of our Lives, where he played the character of Phillip Collier. That would be misjudging the this actor who likes to play with his image. That's why, after being Detective James Ellison, the well known hero fighting for justice in The Sentinel, he has played various parts in sitcoms like Seinfeld, Veronica's Closet or in a hilarious episode of Just Shoot Me, recently seen on TSR [the Swiss French-speaking channel - ed].  In 24 Hours Chrono, he surprises us by playing yet another type of chaacter, the mysterious Alan York.

What did particularly interest you in this role?
Before 24 Hours, I always played the "good guy." With this many-faced character, I enjoyed breaking the image people might have had of me.

In the first episode of the series, all we know about Alan York, is that he is worried about his daughter. Can you really not tell us a little bit more about him?
I could tell you what happens next, but then I would have to kill you! Those are the orders of the production to keep up the suspense.

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

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

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

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

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

[11 Jul 03] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below.  This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.

Mr. Richard Burgi
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 Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center .
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