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Last Updated: 19 July 2006



Richard joins pals in Vancouver for a light-hearted short promo film, "Door-to-door Voiceovers"

"Wildfires" now called "Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone," to air on A&E Networks September 4th

Richard shoots second summer hiatus film -- "In God's Country," with Kelly Rowan

Richard leads panel discussion at June '06 Newport International Film Festival

Desperate Housewives to bid Adieu to Richard's Karl Mayer in the upcoming season?

Desperate Housewives wins Best Comedy Series at 46th Monte Carlo Television Festival

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

Official "Shanghai Red" website now online, features bios, photos, and a trailer with lots of Richard

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

"Decoys" to air on the Sci Fi Channel in July; Richard plays Detective Kirk

"Cellular" airs on the Encore, Encore Wam, and Encore Action  cable channels in Lujy and August; 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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Richard films promotional short in Vancouver [19 Jul 06] *** Richard films short promotional film with friends in Vancouver *** -- Richard recently spent a rainy weekend in Vancouver exploring the city and working with Vancouver-based actors and friends Brent Chapman, Don S. Davis (Stargate:SG1), and Teryl Rothery (Stargate:SG1) on a light-hearted short promotional film by Ian James Corlett.

"Door-to-door Voiceovers" is one of many projects Corlett and Chapman have worked on, with Corlett writing and directing and Chapman acting. The short was conceived mainly as a promotion for Corlett's voiceover company, Promo Alliance, to be passed around for grins from person to person within the Industry.

Chapman worked with Richard on The Sentinel ("Neighborhood Watch"), and the two have remained friends ever since. According to Corlett, he and Chapman "kicked around many ideas for who might play the 'handyman.' My dream was to have some recognizable actor but never thought Dick would be that actor."  As it turned out, Richard planned to be in town and was happy to help out with the project. "Richard was a joy to work with," Corlett concluded.

Richard plays the aforementioned Handyman, with Chapman playing door-to-door Voiceover entrepreneur Rick St. Michael. Rothery  plays Mrs. Vance, the customer Rick loses to the crafty Handyman, and Davis plays a less-than-promising prospect of Rick's.  (Don S. Davis also appeared in an episode of The Sentinel, "Crossroads").

The short film can be viewed at: http://www.promoallianceonline.com/promo/

(Thanks to Ian James Corlett for the link to the short film, the background info, and the screengrabs)


Richard's A&E movie, now called Firestorm, to air September 4th [19 Jul 06] *** Richard Burgi's "Wildfires" gets new name, A&E Network September airdate *** -- Richard spent several weeks in late Spring in Vancouver, BC, working on "Wildfires," a TV movie for A&E Television Networks

The film, now called "Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone," will premiere on A&E on Labor Day -- Monday, Septhember 4th at 9:00pm ET.

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," "Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone"  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 Danville and costars with Scott Foley (Scrubs' Sean Kelly; Felicity's Noel), who plays Clay Harding.  Canadian Provincial Parks and areas including Squamish, Princeton, and E.C. Manning Park provided look-alike locations for Yellowstone National Park.

Filming on the Vancouver-based production will ran 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 Networks.

To learn more about "Wildfires," AKA "Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone," 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 at http://www.aetv.com.

(Thanks to Kat and Debbie for the research)


Richard films movie with Kelly Rowan, titled In God's Country [19 Jul 06] *** Richard films second Summer movie, "In God's Country," for CTV and Lifetime TV *** -- Hot on the heels of his appearance at the Newport International Film Festival, Richard was off to Toronto, Ontario to work with The OC's Kelly Rowan on "In God's Country," a TV movie for Canada's CTV and Lifetime TV in the US.

CTV's Susanne Boyce, President of Programming, gave this opening description of the film:  "In God's Country is a powerful, revealing story of how one woman's unwavering determination gave her the strength to fight a life-time of submission to save the lives of her children."

"Across North America, there are communities whose citizens adhere to the nineteenth century Mormon belief that a man must have at least three wives and as many children as possible in order to reach the highest level of Heaven. A woman's role is to serve her husband and be submissive to his needs," continued Boyce. 

Richard plays Church Bishop Josiah Leavitt, the polygamist husband of Rowan's character, Judith Joseph. Judith is one of the charismatic Leavitt's six wifes, and mother to four of his children in addition to her own older daughter from a previous marriage. Several traumatic events spur Judith to do the unthinkable -- flee her small community with her children. Leavitt, of course, gives pursuit, luring Judith's oldest daughter back home with promises he doesn't intend to keep. Judith has no choice but to return home and make a stand.

"In God's Country" is produced by Shaftesbury Films Inc in association with Colossal Entertainment, Salient Point Productions, and CTV as part of CTV's "Heroes, Champions, and Villains" series of original features. The film will most likely air on Lifetime TV in 2007.

To learn more about "In God's Country," visit the film's IMDb page at
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0814150/

(Thanks to Ruth and Deana for the initial heads-up, and to Steven for the role confirmation)


Richard's NIFF panel well-received by audience [19 Jul 06] *** Richard attends 2006 Newport International Film Festival (NIFF), is featured speaker at panel discussion *** -- Richard attended the 2006 Newport International Film Festival, which was held June 6th - 11th in Newport, Rhode Island. He was the featured speaker at a panel discussion titled "Inside Hollywood with Richard Burgi," which was held on Wednesday, June 7th at 4:00pm at the Newport Blues Cafe.  The NIFF website gave 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."

The event was informal and relaxed, attended by an audience of 30 or so, with many of the attendees being film-makers or actors in training. An RBFC member in attendance gave the panel a new, tongue-in-cheek title: "Burgi Philosophy of Life 101, with a Beer Chaser." Richard was charming, personable, approachable, and funny -- all hallmarks of his conduct and demeanor at public events.

NIFF website: http://www.newportfilmfestival.com/

(Thanks to the NIFF for the information on Richard's attendance at the Festival, and to Deana and Ruth for the pictures and event commentary)


Richard's Karl soon to depart Wisteria Lane? [19 Jul 06] *** Desperate Housewives to bid Adieu to Richard Burgi's Karl in upcoming season? *** -- E! Online's Kristin Veitch revealed in her June 29th "Watch with Kristin" column that according to her sources, Karl's days on Wisteria Lane are numbered.

"If Mike recovers from that hit-and-run (and I hear he will), he'll be happy to know Karl won't be standing in the way of him and Susan anymore," said Veitch. "I'm told that Richard Burgi, who plays Teri Hatcher's ex-hubby, won't be meddling much longer because he's leaving the show! I'm not sure how or why--maybe Edie's going to set him on fire or something?"

We have confirmed that while Richard will continue to appear in the upcoming season of Desperate Housewives, he  is looking for new work for the Fall.

At present we cannot say whether this means Richard will be returning to his Season One recurring status, or that Karl will be permanently retired from the roster of Desperate Housewives characters. Presumably all will be revealed as the Fall season progresses.

(Thanks to Becky and Cap_it for the screengrabs)


Desperate Housewives honored at 46th Monte Carlo TV Festival [19 Jul 06] *** Desperate Housewives wins Best Comedy Series at 46th Monte Carlo Television Festival *** -- Desperate Housewives competed in the International TV Audience Awards category and won Best TV Comedy Series.

The 46th Monte CarloTelevision Festival was held from June 26th through July 1st in world-famous Monte Carlo, Monaco.

While not present at this year's event, Richard appeared at the 42nd Festival in 2002 and served as an awards presenter along with Tori Spelling.


Richard catches reviewer eyes as Karl Mayer [19 Jul 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 proved quite successful, with Richard and his caddish character Karl earning a steady stream of compliments and kudos from viewers and reviewers alike.

Richard  plays 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 Edie (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 (Shawn Pyfrom).

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 shtick."

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 show's 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 of... uncertain."

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) 


[19 Jul 06] *** Praise him, praise him *** -- Though Richard -- and Karl -- will apparently not be as prominent in the upcoming season of  Desperate Housewives as in Season 2, this is still a good 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 now that Season 3 is in production.

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 comment form
  • 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.

Desperate Housewives
The Edelstein Company
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 2128B
Suite G
Universal City, CA  91608


[19 Jul 06] *** Desperate Housewives Update *** -- Desperate Housewives is now back in production for the 2006/07 season (Season 3) and will most likely premiere in September. Thus far we have not learned how many Season 3 episodes Richard will film. He appeared 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

Desperate Housewives Season 2 DVD set announced [19 Jul 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 website, Buena 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:

  • 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 his mother
  • Deleted scenes & Bloopers
  • Audio commentaries on selected episodes
  • "And Much More"
The DVD set is expected to have a MSRP of $59.99

Preliminary ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com

(Thanks to Gord at TVshowsonDVD for the updates)


Shanghai Red official website now open [19 Jul 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 the story.

(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:
http://www.mardeorofilms.com

(Thanks to DebbieLD for the website info)


The Sentinel Complete First Season DVD set now available [19 Jul 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 The 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)


Bilson & DeMeo record Sentinel podcasts [19 Jul 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 Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo to record commentaries for various episodes in the DVD set. Bilson and DeMeo are joined on some of the commentaries by Sentinel writers, directors, and other people associated with the show's production.

The commentaries are available at the iTunes website (via the podcasts link below) or through a new Pet Fly blog on MySpace.com.

MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/petflypodcasts

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:

http://www.dmgutierrez.com/podcasts

(Thanks to David Gutierrez for the info)


Richard plays Det. Kirk in Decoys [19 Jul 06] *** Catch Richard when "Decoys" airs on The Sci Fi Channel -- July 30th 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 mid-June.

Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and April 2003 for his role in Decoys, which director Matt Hastings 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.


Catch Richard in Cellular on Encore, Encore Wam, and Encore Action Channels in  July and August [19 Jul 06] *** "Cellular" airs throughout July on the Encore Action Channel and throught August on the Encore and Encore Wam Channels *** -- Richard plays 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.

Encore Channel dates (multiple times):
August 5th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 29th

Encore Wam Channel dates (multiple times):
August 4th, 5th, 8th, 16th, 21st, 26th, 31st

Encore Action dates (multiple times):
July 19th, 23rd, 24th, 28th

For further details, go to the Encore website at:
http://www.encoretv.com/

(Thanks to TV-now.com for the heads up, to Danny for the screengrabs, and to Encore for the scheduling info)


The Sentinel comes to Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station [19 Jul 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 as possible.

July / August schedule, Season 3 episodes:
July 18th/19th - "Breaking Ground"
July 25th/26th - "Prisoner X"
Aug 1st/2nd - "The Trance"
Aug 8th/9th - "Mirror Image"

For further details, go to the website of Space: The Imagination Station:
http://www.spacecast.com

(Thanks to Laura, Katherin, and Kay Lynne for the SPACE heads up, and to Steffi for the screengrabs)


Richard's episodes of The District airing on the USA Network [19 Jul 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:

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/thedistrict/

USA's episode rotation is now in Season 3, which contains two of Richard's episodes, with an additional two airing shortly in Season 4. 

"Goodbye, Jenny" -- Wednesday, July 19th at 9am
"Jack's Back" -- Friday, Aug 4th at 9am (estimate)
"In God We Trust" -- Wednesday, Aug 16th at 9am (estimate)

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 Guide page.

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..

(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)


Catch Richard in Judging Amy on TNT [19 Jul 06] *** Look for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" ***-- Richard appeared in six episodes of the CBS Primetime drama, joining the show in Season 3 and playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy.

TNT's rotation will "reset" with Season 1 on Wednesday, July 19th.

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 Filmography 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)


[19 Jul 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 Canadian subsidiary.

Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/

Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
 
Desperate Housewives Season 2 DVD set announced

1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season (2004) DVD Set -- MSRP $59.99
Release date: August 29, 2006. Not yet available for purchase.
ASIN: B000FIMG4U

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 Edie.
 

Fun With Dick and Jane DVD available for pre-order

1) Fun With Dick and Jane (Widescreen?) (2005) DVD -- $14.46 (50% discount)
Release date: April 11, 2006. Now available.
ASIN: B000E8N8H0

2) Fun With Dick & Jane [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98 (no discount)
Release date: January 24, 2006. Now available.
ASIN: B000CQQHEU

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."

The Sentinel Complete First Season DVD available for pre-order

1) The Sentinel - The Complete First Season (3pc) (Full) (1996) DVD Set -- $33.96 (15% discount)
Release date: April 18, 2006. Now available purchase.
ASIN: B000E1NXCM

2) The Sentinel: Original Soundtrack (1996 Television Series) [SOUNDTRACK] -- used & new from $14.50
Release date: February 24, 1998
ASIN: B00000636Q

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 modern-day crime-fighter.

Action: Complete Series DVD now available

Action: The Complete Series (2pc) (Full) (1999) DVD Set -- $15.99  (35% discount)
Release date: February 21, 2006. Now available.
ASIN: B000CQQ18K

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 career move.

In Her Shoes Widescreen DVD now available

"In Her Shoes" (Widescreen Edition) (2005) DVD -- $19.36  (35% discount)
Release date: January 31, 2006. Now available.
ASIN: B000CCW2P2

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 DVD now available

Seinfeld Season Five (1990) DVD Set -- $36.99 (25% discount)
Release date: November 22, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B000BBOUEU

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 complete series DVD now available

The Flash - The Complete Series (1990) DVD Set -- $44.66 (25% discount)
Release date: January 10, 2006. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B000BPL2EM

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.

Richard appears in all 13 episodes

Point Pleasant - The Complete Series (2005) DVD Set -- $19.97 (50% discount)
Release date: October 25, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B000A9QKT6

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.

Desperate Housewives Season 1 DVD set and companion book available

1) Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season (2004) DVD Set -- $59.99 (no discount)
Release date: September 20, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B00079FU16

2) Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors (Paperback; first season companion book) -- $11.67 (34% discount) 
Release date: September 28, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ISBN: 1401308260

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 (2001) DVD Set -- $34.66 (42% 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 mentioned in book on 24's Season One

24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $11.02 (35% discount)
ISBN: 0060535504 

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 unsavory past.

 

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season  (2001) DVD Set -- $67.99 (19% 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 -- $12.99  (13% discount)
ASIN: B0006D3HGA

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 the message.
 

Cellular novelization may offer additional insights into Craig Martin

1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- $7.99 (no discount)
ISBN: 1844161048

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $16.98 (no discount) 
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 also available on DVD. 
 

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

Decoys (2003) DVD [US market version] -- $12.99 (13% 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 amazon.com 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 amazon.ca
Decoys (2003) DVD -- CDN $13.46 (10% discount)
ASIN: B00029QQRK

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

1) Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $24.96 (50% discount)
ASIN: B0000AQS0F

2) Firefly (Original Television Soundtrack) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $12.98 (28% discount)
ASIN: B000BL14PQ

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.

Starship Troopers 2 DVD and Soundtrack available at Amazon

1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $12.99 (13% discount)
ASIN: B0001XAOQ6

New release: 07 July 2005

2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98 (no discount)
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.



[19 Jul 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
RBFC
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
USA

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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