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Last Updated: 30 July 2001

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Richard in FOX pilot for new Fall 2001 series titled "24"

Richard's episode of "Twice in a Lifetime" repeats on CTV and affiliates

Write to Richard through the RBFC -- *** NEW MAILING ADDRESS ***

"The Sentinel" put on hiatus by SciFi

[07/30/01] *** Happy Birthday, Richard! ***  -- Best wishes to Richard on his birthday, and here's to many, many happy returns!

[07/30/01] *** FOX adds "24" to its Fall 2001 lineup -- Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT ***   Richard, cast as newly-divorced father Alan York, recently filmed the pilot for "24," a groundbreaking drama series for the FOX Network.  Kiefer Sutherland heads the cast of the "real time" show, so called because its 24 hour-long episodes will cover a single day -- 24 hours.

Sutherland plays the part of CIA Counter Intelligence Unit agent Jack Bauer, who has 24 hours to stop an assassination, while Richard's Alan York -- aided by Bauer's wife Teri (Leslie Hope) -- searches for their two missing daughters, Janet and Kim.  (The girls, best friends, have disappeared). The series will build to its climactic finale in episode 24 -- "zero hour," so to speak.

Richard will, presumably, continue to play the part of Alan York through the run of the series, which is due to go into production in late July/early August.

(More information as we receive it...)

RB as Captain Hunter
[07/30/01] *** Richard Burgi appearing on CBS's "The District" as Captain Vincent Hunter of Internal Affairs -- Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT. ***

Mannion and Hunter on the job[07/30/01]  **Latest "District" News** -- "The District" wrapped production on its Freshman season with a total of 23 episodes.  As the show has been a ratings success for CBS, usually winning its hour every Saturday, "The District" will be back next season, most likely starting production on its sophomore season in late July/early August.  Most likely the show will continue to air in its current Saturday night timeslot.

Now that "The District" has aired its season finale, look for the remaining unrepeated episodes to air. Of Richard's seven episodes, only "Running Towards Fire" (episode 1.20) has yet to be repeated.

Up next, according to the TVGuide website, is "Worst Block," Richard's first episode of "The District."  The episode will air Saturday, August 4th at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS.

Look for "Running Towards Fire" to repeat the following weekend -- Saturday, August 11th at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS.

This would be a great time to send CBS some feedback on "The District" and Captain Hunter -- let them know you've enjoyed seeing Richard on their show and would enjoy seeing even more of him in the Fall 2001 season.  Simply visit the CBS website's "District" page and use the feedback link.

Richard's episodes to date (Note: the pilot is designated as episode '1.00')

Season One -- 2000-2001

  • "Worst Block" -- episode 1.03 -- Saturday, October 21, 10pm ET/PT (rerun December 30th 2000)
  • "Surveillance" -- episode 1.04 -- Saturday, October 28, 10pm ET/PT (rerun  January 13th 2001)
  • "How They Lived" -- episode 1.06 -- Saturday, November 11, 10pm ET/PT (rerun March 17th 2001)
  • "The Santa Wars" -- episode 1.10 -- Saturday, December 16, 10pm ET/PT (rerun July 7th 2001)
  • "The D.C. Strangler" -- episode 1.11 -- Saturday, January 6,  10pm ET/PT (rerun June 2nd 2001)
  • "The Agony and the Ecstasy" -- episode 1.19 -- Saturday, April 21, 10pm ET/PT (rerun July 28th 2001)
  • "Running Towards Fire" -- episode 1.20 -- Saturday, April 28, 10pm ET/PT (rerun August 11th 2001)
"The District," which premiered Fall 2000 on CBS, is set in Washington, DC and focuses on DC's new Police Commissioner Jack Mannion, played by Craig T. Nelson ("Poltergeist," "Coach").  Mannion is, according to the CBS website, "brought in to overhaul an antiquated system ill-equipped to deal with the problems of a sprawling, crime-ridden city.  As much a friend to ordinary citizens as to high-ranking politicians, Mannion has quite a task ahead of him.  He immediately selects the most promising officers around him to become his circle of aids.  Mannion and this group of modern-day "Untouchables" set out to bring order to the District and to clamp down on the crime in America's capital."

Richard plays the recurring role of Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the Internal Affairs division.

To learn more about "The District," visit the CBS Website "District" page.

(More information as we receive it.  Thanks to Becky for the screen-grabs)

RB in Twice in a Lifetime[07/30/01] *** Watch for Richard's episode of "Twice in a Lifetime" when it repeats on CTV  and affiliate stations in Canada -- Saturday, August 4th at 7:00pm  (Ontario) (affiliate airings may differ -- check your local listings) *** Richard appears in the episode titled "The Knockout."  The TVGrid listing had this to say:

Knockout -- a boxing champion (guest star Richard Burgi) who became a homeless alcoholic after killing his adoptive brother in the ring gets another shot -- at life.  With Paul Popowich. (Photo -- Paul Popowich and Richard Burgi).

The show itself, an hour-long drama with a redemptive theme, is described by TVGuide in these terms: "An angel [Paul Popowich] ushers people who've just had near-death experiences back in time to revisit a pivotal decision that changed their lives."  What TVguide did not mention is that these ne'er-do-wells die, but are actually given the chance to change their pasts and get a second chance at life -- if they can convince their younger selves to chose a different path when the "pivotal decision" is made.

Both the PAX and the CTV websites list information on "Twice in a Lifetime," with the PAX website offering a more detailed look at the show, the characters, the cast, and the episodes.

PAX logoVisit the PAX website at

CTV logoVisit the CTV -- Canadian Television -- website at

(Thanks to DebbieLD for the updated schedule info, and to Becky for the screen-grab)

[01/30/01]*** 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.

[07/30/01]*** Sci-Fi Channel puts "The Sentinel" on broadcast hiatus *** -- When "The Sentinel" disappeared from Sci-Fi's broadcasts and schedule listings in mid-July, SOS (Support Our Sentinel) contacted the Sci-Fi Channel and learned the following:

SOS Advisory - The Sentinel on Sci-Fi (advisory issued July 23, 2001)

In two separate conversations with the Sci-Fi Channel on July 18, SOS has learned of the following.

Chris Regina, Director of Programming, and Bonnie Hammer's office confirm that The Sentinel has been removed from the Sci-Fi schedule, most likely for the remainder of 2001. Both sources state that this is for "budgetary reasons." This was further explained by Regina as Sci-Fi having exhausted their budget for showing The Sentinel for this year. They have a certain dollar amount to spend on the showings, and it must be spread out.

Both state that this action is for this year. Both say that The Sentinel will be back in January 2002. Regina further stated that while January is more likely, there is the possibility that it will be back as early as October.

Earlier this year, Chris Regina indicated to SOS that The Sentinel was a property that Sci-Fi would continue to use. At that time, he claimed that they had no current plans to remove The Sentinel from the Sci-Fi schedule permanently, at least through 2001

This statement, along with his most recent information, would seem to mean that we can expect to see The Sentinel's eventual return to Sci-Fi.


In the meantime, SOS advises that Sentinel (and Burgi) fans send the folks at Sci-Fi periodic reminders that their Sentinel audience is still in place and eagerly anticipating the show's return to the Sci-Fi schedule.  This can easily be done via e-mail, or through the Sci-Fi website's "feedback" system -- or, if one feels especially energetic, by post-card or letter.

Sci-Fi Channel website:

e-mail addresses: or

"snail mail" address:
The Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10028

(Thanks to SOS for the advisory announcement)

** German viewers, catch "The Sentinel" on Germany's Premiere World ** --  Two episodes a day, Monday through Friday.  The first showing will be at 18:00 (5pm) with a repeat the following morning at 09:00 (9am).

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"Sentinel" schedule -- ** show removed from Sci-Fi schedule until further notice. **

Additional information regarding The Sentinel broadcast schedule on SciFi can be found on the SciFi Website's Schedulebot pages.

(Visit SciFi's website for information on the network and its schedule or e-mail SciFi at or with comments on Richard Burgi and The Sentinel).

[10/05/99]The SciFi Channel has an excellent Sentinel page at its website. The page, which can be found at, contains cast and character bios, a selection of downloadable JPEG images of the cast, episode guides for all four seasons, a bulletin-board devoted to The Sentinel, and a downloadable Sentinel screen-saver in both MAC and Windows formats.

(Remember to e-mail SciFi at or with comments on Richard Burgi, The Sentinel, and their very nice Sentinel web page).
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