Last Updated: 11 July 1999
11th -- E! Entertainment Television's Celebrity Homes (Sunday, 7 &
10pm ET/PT). Richard's South California seaside house was one of the
homes visited by E! on this one-hour Celebrity Homes special. Taped
at the end of March '99, the spot featured Richard leading us on a tour
of his home while describing how elements of the Chinese practice of Feng
Shui are incorporated into the house. (Feng Shui is a philosophy rooted
in Chinese mysticism which has to do with designing living-space to promote
positive energy while dissipating negative energy). Similar in some respects
to the earlier Access Hollywood home tour, E! too showed us the
dining, kitchen and living room areas of the house as well as the bathrooms
and master bedroom. The E! tour differed in that it emphasized the aspects
of Feng Shui which Richard and wife Lori have applied to their home. There
was a bit of interview footage as well as a short appearance by Richard's
wife and son. (Richard's segment ran in the last 15 minutes of the hour
immediately after Taylor Dane's home tour).
Magazines of interest. TVZone and Xpose magazines have both been running Sentinel articles in their last few issues. TVZone has an article on Richard in their issue #111, an article on Garett Maggart in #114 and an article on Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo in #115. Xpose's issue #35 has a two-page feature on The Sentinel with quotes from cast and producers. (The magazines can be ordered on-line from Visual Images at their website, which uses security encryption for credit card transactions. Be sure to thank Visual Images for running the articles with Richard!)
July 11th -- E! Entertainment Television's Celebrity Homes (Sunday, 7 & 10pm ET/PT). Richard's is one of the homes visited by E! on this one-hour special. Taped at the end of March, the show includes interview footage as well as a tour of Richard's home. After its July 11th premiere, the show will be repeated as many as six times during the following week. (E-mail E! to thank them for including Richard in their features and visit E!'s website for each week's schedule).
Guest Role -- Action (FOX, new for Fall '99, debuts Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT). Richard recently played the part of an action movie star in Action, a new show from Joel Silver, producer of the hit Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne movie The Matrix. (Silver also produced action genre blockbusters Lethal Weapon with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover and Die Hard with Bruce Willis -- two movies often cited in descriptions of The Sentinel). Produced for FOX by Silver and Chris Thompson, Action is a funny and daring half-hour comedy in the vein of The Larry Sanders Show. The FOX website has this to say of the new show:
"Chris Thompson (producer of "The Larry Sanders Show") concocts a bold new comedy that dares to take a satirical, behind-the-scenes look at the absurdity of Hollywood's cut-throat movie business.
Our tour guide for this edgy ride through Tinseltown is the notoriously ill-tempered, egomaniacal film producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr). Peter spars with conniving agents and studio executives, insults commissary workers, sucks up to movie stars (Keanu Reeves in a cameo), berates his ex-wife and befriends Wendy (Illeana Douglas), a former child star who made a career change to call girl. The only person Peter treats with a modicum of respect is his security guard/chauffeur Lonnie (Buddy Hackett), who is also his uncle.
With Action, Thompson takes his insider's perspective and peppers it with scathing, sharp-witted dialogue to air out Hollywood's dirty laundry and provide a voyeuristic look into the fascinating world of show business."
Richard's part could possibly be written into later episodes of Action as a recurring character. (For more infomation on Action, visit the FOX Website. Be sure to e-mail FOX to mention your interest in Action and to thank them for picking Richard for the role. (A mention of Richard's presence being what drew you to Action would not be amiss...))
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