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Last Updated: 23 August 2001

Richard in new FOX series "24," premiering October 30th

"The District's" sophomore season  premiering on September 22nd; show launches in Germany on September 5th

Catch Richard in Matlock's "The Dame" on TBS -- Thursday, August 30th at 12:00noon ET

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

"The Sentinel" still on US Sci-Fi Channel hiatus

German fans, look for "The Sentinel" on Premiere World's SciFi Channel, starting on August 23rd

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York calls Teri Bauer[08/23/01] *** FOX announces premiere date for "24" -- Tuesday, October 30th at 9:00pm ET/PT ***   Catch Richard in the new Fall 2001 FOX drama as Alan York, newly divorced father of a wayward -- and missing -- teenage daughter.

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

As is often the case with new shows, FOX has so far only ordered thirteen episodes of "24;" the show's ratings performance will be taken into consideration before the final eleven episodes are ordered.

Richard will, presumably, continue to play the part of Alan York through the run of the series, with the "missing daughter" storyline forming -- one assumes -- a "b" story to the assassination "a" story.

[08/31/01] *** "24" UPDATE: Richard filming six-episode story arc for first block of "24" episodes *** -- Richard is currently working on a six-episode story arc for "24," most likely dealing with the missing daughters.  At present, we do not know if Alan York will be back in later episodes or not; including the pilot, Richard will be in seven of the first thirteen episodes ordered by FOX

As FOX is now running promos for "24" -- some featuring Richard -- messages and letters to FOX would not be amiss.  Interested in seeing more of Richard Burgi when the show premieres?  Tell FOX.  Planning to watch the show because you've seen Richard in the promos?  Tell FOX.  Looking forward to "24" because one of your favorite actors, Richard Burgi, has a role in the series?  By all means, tell FOX!

To visit the FOX website and learn more about the Fall 2001 season, go to; for more detailed information on "24," visit FOX's page at

To send FOX an e-mail concerning Richard's role on "24," write to

To send FOX a traditional "paper mail" letter, write to the following address:

FOX Broadcasting Co.
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900

To write to Richard or other members of the "24" cast, or to ask for autographs, write to them directly through the "24" production office at FOX, using the address below:

[actor name]
P.O. Box 900
Attn: The Series: "24"
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900

(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. ***

Page and Hunter on the job[08/23/01]  **Latest "District" News** -- "The District's" new season is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00pm ET/PT.  The show went back into production on July 23rd.

As of this date -- August 23rd -- we have not yet heard if Richard will return to "The District" as Captain Vincent Hunter.  Series regular David O'Hara (Detective Danny McGregor) may not be returning, as Temple Page (Sean Patrick Thomas) is being given a new partner, played by none other than Jonathan LaPaglia of "7 Days" fame.  (LaPaglia headed the cast of the action/adventure show which moved into "The Sentinel's" UPN schedule berth back in 1998).

Apparently LaPaglia's character will be used to further play up the conflict between Page's earnest and optimistic outlook and that of more seasoned, battle-worn officers.  Richard's Captain Hunter provided a sharp contrast to Page's idealism, and LaPaglia's character seems destined to continue in that vein; according to LaPaglia, "He's a little bit of a wild card, probably best described as a broken toy back from the repair shop."

(Thanks to Benjamin at for the undates)

*** German fans, The District is heading your way -- Premiering Wednesday, September 5th at 21:10 on VOX *** "The District" will remain in that timeslot throughout its run.  Thus far, VOX has bought 23 episodes (the first season) which will be dubbed into German and titled "The District - Einsatz in Washington."

Though VOX is private TV, it should be available "free and clear" throughout Europe, even though dubbed into German.  Those with satellite systems can tune in using the following coordinates:

ASTRA reception area Transponder 89 (27500,3/4) ASTRA-1H
Free General Entertainment German 12.1875 GHz / H 19.2 degrees E

ASTRA reception area Transponder 05 (,) ASTRA-1F
Free General Entertainment German 11.27325 GHz / H 19.2 degrees E

(Thanks to Steffi for the scheduling information)

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 want to see even more of him in the Fall 2001 season.  Simply visit the CBS website's "District" page and use the feedback link, or send a "paper mail" message to "The District" through their direct mailing address listed below:

The District
Studios USA/CBS Productions
12636 Beatrice Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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)

Claire and Roger pitching woo[08/23/01] *** Look for Richard as a piano-playing ne'er-do-well on Matlock's "The Dame" -- airing on TBS, Thursday, August 30th, at 12:00noon ET/11:00am CT ***  Richard plays Roger Stratford, a nightclub piano player who falls for the beautiful young wife of an old, rich husband.

Set in 1956 and shot in black and white, "The Dame" follows Roger Stratford down the road to ruin as he falls for the beautiful Claire Mayfield (Sheree J. Wilson). Eager to be rid of her husband and wily enough to want a suitable patsy lined up to take the fall, Claire woos and sweet-talks Roger into helping her do away with her husband, all the while taking steps to destroy any alibis Roger might fall back on.  Young Ben Matlock (Steve Witting) and his father, played by series star Andy Griffith, ferret out the truth and reveal Claire's part in the murder.

(Thanks to Shelagh for the schedule information, and to Dianne F. for the image)

[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)

[08/23/01]*** German viewers, catch "The Sentinel" on Germany's Premiere World (Premiere World SciFi Channel) *** --  Two episodes a day, Monday through Friday, starting *today* -- Thursday, August 23.  The first showing will be at 18:00 (5pm) with a repeat the following morning at 09:00 (9am).

SciFi Banner

"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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