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Last Updated: 25 July 1999

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The SciFi Channel has announced a new launch date and time for reruns of The Sentinel -- Tuesday, October 5th, starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Rather than "stripping" the show across a whole week, SciFi will air four episodes (repeated that same evening) every Tuesday evening as their Primetime lineup. The Sentinel will air, in a solid block, from 7pm to 3am on the East Coast and from 4pm to 11pm on the West Coast.

The schedule for Tuesday, Oct 5th is as follows:

  • "Switchman" (7pm ET/4pm PT)
  • "Siege" (8pm ET/5pm PT)
  • "Killers" (9pm ET/6pm PT)
  • "The Debt" (10pm ET/7pm PT)
  • "Switchman" (11pm ET/8pm PT)
  • "Siege" (12am ET/9pm PT)
  • "Killers" (1am ET/10pm PT)
  • "The Debt" (2am ET/11pm PT)

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    (Thanks to Kaz for the scheduling information)


One final hurrah for The Sentinel on UPN -- Thursday, Aug 12th, 8-10pm ET/PT. UPN will air Sentinel, Too part 1 and Sentinel, Too part 2 as a double-header in the Thursday Movie time-slot. This is the final appearance of The Sentinel currently scheduled by UPN.


*** HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RICHARD! ***

Richard celebrates his birthday on Friday, July 30th. All the best from the RBFC for a birthday full of peace and joy and many, many more to come!

The RBFC membership, in honor of Richard's birthday, donated over $600 to the National Audubon Society.


*** The Sentinel's launch into rerun sydication on the SciFi Channel has been pushed back from late September '99 into October '99. No specific date has been released at this time, though a Monday launch would be the most likely. ***


*** Three summer Sentinel episodes left on UPN ***

August 2nd - "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg"

August 12th - "Sentinel, Too Part 1" and "Sentinel, Too, Part 2" (Double-header)


*** Guest Role in pilot for new Fox series "Action," premiering Fall '99 ***

What a guy...Guest Role -- "Cole Riccardi," Action (FOX, new for Fall '99, debuts Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT).

Richard , seen at left with series star Jay Mohr (as Peter Dragon), recently played the part of action movie star Cole Riccardi 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."

I love this guy..."Our tour guide for this edgy ride through Tinseltown is the notoriously ill-tempered, egomaniacal film producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr)." (On the receiving end of Cole Riccardi's (Richard Burgi) "I love this guy!" kiss at left). "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."

Cole racks his brainsPre-launch reviews (from TV Guide and E! Online) tag Action as a sure thing, provided Fox continues to maintain the outrageous and edgy qualities of the show and its characters. Here's what E! Online's review says:

"Action," Thursday, 9:30-10

"Hollywood at its best and worst, with Jay Mohr as appropriately named Peter Dragon, a Joel Silver/Jerry Bruckheimer type (depending on whom you ask). He's absolutely horrible and completely entertaining, not unlike the city he inhabits. The show, originally developed for HBO, goes where only The Larry Sanders Show has gone before--over the heads of many execs and right to the heart of the matter. It's truly tasteless and right on the money. In fact, put your money on this one to be a hit."

Me too!Richard's part could possibly be written into later episodes of Action as a recurring character. Richard portrays Cole Riccardi, an apparently popular lead actor playing an action hero in "Slow Torture,"one of Peter Dragon's films. Richard's scenes -- at the post-premiere party for "Slow Torture" -- establish him as being familiar with the inner circle of Dragonfire Films and set up back-story for him and Wendy (Illeana Douglas). Cole guested on her television show back when she was 10 and he was 18 or 19.

Wendy tells Cole he was great in "Slow Torture" and introduces herself, jogging his memory of their having worked together years ago. Cole raves about Wendy's then-universal appeal to teenage males and asks her what she's doing now. "Hollywood bigshots give me money and then they screw me," Wendy deadpans, following with a laugh. Cole joins in with a hearty laugh of his own and replies, "Me too!" (Picture above at left).

(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, as well as the hope of seeing him in further episodes of the show, would not be amiss...))

*** Action is continuing to garner good reviews in the press; an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Monday, July 26th, 1999, exchoed and expanded upon the review in the June 26th issue of TV Guide. ***


*** Sentinel returns to UPN in summer reruns July 12th (Monday at 8pm ET/PT) ***

The Sentinel has returned to UPN's schedule in reruns during the summer months, starting on Monday, July 12th. The show will air in the 8-9pm ET/PT slot rather than the 9-10pm ET/PT slot, which instead will feature reruns of 7Days, the show which bumped The Sentinel from its 8pm Wednesday berth. Thursday, Aug 12th will feature a Sentinel double-header with back-to-back episodes played in the Thursday Night Movie slot. (8pm ET/PT).

Episodes to be aired:

July 12th - "The Waiting Room" (aired as scheduled)

July19th - "The Real Deal" (aired as scheduled)

July 26th - "Most Wanted" (aired as scheduled)

August 2nd - "The Sentinel by Blair Sandburg" (aired as scheduled)

August 12th - "Sentinel, Too Part 1" and "Sentinel, Too, Part 2" (Double-header)

As UPN has officially dropped The Sentinel from its lineup for Fall '99, any possibility of additional new episodes will have to come through first-run syndication.

Further Sentinel news -- As of April 29th, The Sci-Fi Channel's Fall 1999 schedule includes The Sentinel, which is currently penciled in to air in reruns M-F from 6-7pm ET/PT and again from 10-11pm beginning in October. Presumably SciFi will be running the series in its entirety, starting with the series premiere "Switchman" and cycling through all the episodes in order. With 65 episodes of The Sentinel, SciFi can run 13 weeks of TS before repeating an episode.

Though no official announcement or decision has yet been made, the possibility exists of SciFi purchasing additional new episodes of The Sentinel. Such new episodes, if ordered, would most likely not debut until Fall 2000. (Visit SciFi's website for information on the network).


E! slate w/ RBJuly 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).
 

RB im master suite After its July 11th premiere, the show was repeated four times during the following week. The show ran as scheduled on the days and times below: 

Friday, July 16th at 11am, 4pm and 10pm ET/PT

Saturday, July 17th at 3pm ET/PT 

(E-mail E! to thank them for including Richard in their features and visit E!'s website for each week's schedule).


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).


July 4th -- Danielle Steele's Message From 'Nam (Lifetime Television, Sunday, 11:30am PT (Assuming 11:30am ET as well at this time)). Lifetime Television will air "Message From 'Nam" in its entirety instead of split into two parts. Richard plays the part of Major Hammer. (Lifetime Television was the most recent home of One West Waikiki and Mack Wolfe, the series and character Richard worked on immediately prior to The Sentinel. Visit Lifetime's website at http://www.lifetimetv.com or e-mail Lifetime through their on-line e-mail service to express your interest in Richard's work and to thank them for airing Message from 'Nam).


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).


*** Richard Burgi guests on VIPER *** -- USA Network, parent company of the SciFi Channel, purchased broadcast rights to the Pet Fly Productions show VIPER and is airing the show weekly Tuesday (Wednesday am) through Thursday (Friday am)at 2am Eastern.Richard Burgi was a recurring character in VIPER's first season -- "Outfit" villain Lane Cassidy -- and can be seen in the following episodes:

  • "Once A Thief" -- Thursday, 16 Sept (Friday am)
  • "Ghosts" -- Tuesday, 28 Sept (Wednesday am)
  • "Firehawk" -- Thursday, 30 Sept (Friday am)
  • "The Scoop" -- Tuesday, 12 Oct (Wednesday am)
(Visit the USA Network website at usanetwork.com to learn more about USA and its schedule and be sure to e-mail USA at shows@usanetwork.com to thank them for airing Richard's VIPER episodes. As USA is the parent of SciFi, mentioning The Sentinel in connection with Richard could also be advantageous).

(Thanks to Carla, Linda and Susan for the schedule and addresses)

 

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