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Last Updated: 27 August 2002



FX to air "24" marathon over the US Labor Day weekend -- Richard in 11 episodes of the season's 24

First season of "24"now available on DVD; "24" to premiere across Europe next season

Richard's "Matlock" airing September 3rd in syndication

Watch Richard's second "Judging Amy"episode September 10th

FSLMMC announces Fall benefit -- Richard to serve as Master of Ceremonies

Information on Richard's episode of "Love & War"

Richard attended the 42nd Monte Carlo Television Festival July 1-6

"Wheelmen" screening held for distributors August 22nd

"The Sentinel" returns to French and German television -- Kabel1 and Premiere SciFi in Germany

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard's episodes in 24 marathon

[27 Aug 02] *** F/X announces 24-hour marathon of "24" for the Labor Day weekend *** -- According to the August 15th issue of the Hollywood Reporter, FOX's subsidiary channel, F/X, will air a 24-hour marathon of the Emmy-winning "24" on September 1st and 2nd. F/X will air all 24 episodes, in order, starting with the pilot episode (midnight-1am) which will air at midnight ET/PT on Sunday, September 1st. The 24-hour run will end at midnight ET/PT on Monday, September 2nd.

According to FX President and CEO Peter Liguori, the decision to run the "24" marathon resulted from "thousands of calls" made by FOX and F/X viewers.

Richard appears in 11 of the show's 24 episodes, starting out as Alan York -- anxious father of teenage daughter Janet -- and ending as contract killer Kevin Carroll.

(Thanks to Kat for the "24" marathon info)

RB's Kevin's last chat with Drazen[27 Aug 02]*** Catch Richard on DVD! First season of "24" to be released on DVD this coming September; available for pre-order at Amazon.com *** -- According to a promotional announcement, "FOX has just announced  a 9/17 street date for 24:1, a box set of the entire first season. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and 5.1 surround, extras include commentary on select episodes, 2 featurettes, episode details, hidden surprises, and more to be announced. Retail is $59.95."

Amazon.com is offering the "24:1" box set at a pre-order price of $44 or thereabouts for Region 1 (North American) customers. European viewers using Region 2 encoding will be able to order the "24:1" box set from both amazon.com.uk and www.play.com. The expected Region 2 release date is August 19th.

** "24" to premiere across Europe when new season launches ** -- The first season of "24" will premiere across Europe when the new season launches, airing in France on Canal + and in Germany on RTL. UK viewers were given a bit of a head start on the rest of Europe, with "24" launching on BBC2 in early March 2002 (airing at 10pm Saturdays or Sundays).

Series lead Kiefer Sutherland plays the part of CIA Counter Terrorism 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 (later revealed to be Kevin Carroll) -- aided by Bauer's wife Teri (Leslie Hope) -- searches for their two missing daughters, Janet (Jacqui Maxwell) and Kim (Elisha Cuthbert).  (The girls, best friends, have been abducted). The series builds to its climactic finale in episode 24 -- "zero hour," so to speak.

(Thanks to Deborah and Danny  for the DVD info, and to Sheila, Andi, Sylvette, Christine, and Ingrid for the European schedule info)

For synopses of Richard's eleven episodes, visit our "24" guide page.

Richard's episodes

  • "Midnight - 1:00 AM" (episode 1.01)  aired 6 Nov 01
  • "1:00 AM - 2:00 AM" (episode 1.02) -- aired 13 Nov 01
  • "2:00 AM - 3:00 AM" (episode 1.03) -- aired 20 Nov 01
  • "3:00 AM - 4:00 AM" (episode 1.04) -- aired 27 Nov 01
  • "4:00 AM - 5:00 AM" (episode 1.05) -- aired 11 Dec 01
  • "5:00 AM - 6:00 AM" (episode 1.06) -- aired 18 Dec 01
  • "6:00 AM - 7:00 AM" (episode 1.07) -- aired 8 Jan 02
  • "10:00 AM - 11:00 AM" (episode 1.11) -- aired 12 Feb 02
  • "11:00 AM - 12 Noon" (episode 1.12) -- aired 19 Feb 02
  • "12 Noon - 1:00 PM" (episode 1.13) -- aired 26 Feb 02
  • "1:00 PM - 2:00 PM" (episode 1.14) -- aired 5 Mar 02  (Richard's last episode)
To visit the FOX website and learn more about the current season, go to www.fox.com; for more detailed information on "Twenty Four," visit FOX's page at www.fox.com/24/

(Thanks to Becky for the "24" images)



RB as Roger Stratford[27 Aug 02] *** Richard's episode of "Matlock" coming up in syndicated reruns *** -- "The Dame," Richard's episode of the popular syndicated drama, will air Tuesday, September 3rd. As the show now airs in syndication, the time-slot is liable to vary from market to market, so check your local listings!

The episode begins with Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith) and his assistant in a restaurant enjoying dinner. A woman of Matlock's generation walks up to him and slaps him before stalking out. He recognizes her eventually, which leads into his recounting a tale from his youth -- a murder case his would-be detective father helped solve. We are transported back into the 1950's for the bulk of the tale, with Griffith playing Matlock Senior. The 1950's segment is filmed in black and white to give it a period feel.

Richard plays Roger Stratford, a handsome young nightclub piano-man who foolishly falls for the feminine wiles of a young, attractive, and deadly socialite with an elderly husband she'd prefer to have out of the way. Roger is quickly caught up in her plot to murder her wealthy husband and just as quickly lined up by the cunning widow to take the fall for the dastardly deed.

(Thanks to JoAnn for the schedule info)



RB in Judging Amy episodes[27 Aug 02] *** Catch Richard's second "Judging Amy" episode in summer reruns *** -- "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" will repeat Tuesday, September 10th at 10pm Eastern on CBSRichard appears in two of the current season's episodes of the hit CBS drama,  playing the part of Judge Amy Gray's (Amy Brenneman) ex-husband, Michael Cassidy.

** Fall 2002 Season Premieres announced by CBS ** -- The CBS website at http://www.cbs.com/ has been updated with information on the new Fall 2002 season, including a page of premiere dates and times for new and returning shows. "Judging Amy" is presently slated to remain in its 10:00pm ET/PT berth on Tuesday nights, with the Fall 2002 season set to premiere on October 1st. At present there is a scheduling conflict on the CBS website -- the "Judging Amy" home-page lists a 10:00pm ET/PT airtime for the premiere, while the CBS general show listing has "Judging Amy" premiering at 9:00pm ET/PT. Hopefully this confusing situation will clear up as the Fall 2002 season gets closer.

At present, we do not know if Richard has been called back for the Fall 2002 premiere episode, though we are certainly expecting him to return as Michael Cassidy.

** Update on new season ** -- According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, is to figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."

Richard's episodes so far:

  • "The Justice League of America" (episode 3.18) aired 26 Mar 02
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (episode 3.23) aired 14 May 02
Richard's first appearance in the popular CBS series was in the episode "The Justice League of America," (March 26th) which reintroduced viewers to Michael Cassidy. (The role has been played in previous seasons by John Slattery, who was apparently unavailable due to his current commitment to the series "Ed"). Filmed in early April, the May 14th episode brings Richard's recurring "Judging Amy" appearances to two, with additional appearances as Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Gray's ex-husband Michael Cassidy likely in the Fall 2002 season.

"Judging Amy" is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.

According to the CBS website,  "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly); re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."

To learn more about "Judging Amy," visit the show's homepage at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/judging_amy/

Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on "Judging Amy."

(Thanks to Kat for the info, and to Erin for the screen-grabs)



FSLMMC announcement[27 Aug 02] *** Richard to Emcee FSLMMC fundraiser -- Saturday, October 26th ***  Richard will be serving as Master of Ceremonies and event spokesperson for "The Laguna Beach Bash," a benefit for the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center. The event was initially advertised in the FSLMMC's Newsletter ( see image at left) and was at first scheduled for September 21st. The announcement reads (with date corrected):

"On October 26, please join us for a fun-filled, casual evening at the Richard McDonald Gallery in Laguna to benefit FSL Marine Mammal Center. Featuring California/Island cuisine, mini-margaritas, and a wine tasting booth, dancing and a silent auction, this event should be the event of the fall.

FSL is honored this year to have local actor Richard Burgi as our event spokesperson and MC. He and his talented wife Lori are big supporters of Laguna Beach and our Center. We are also grateful once again to Steve Norton, our event planner, and to Jo Ann Kaplan for her generous support in planning our event.

Tickets are $75 each or $125 for two. Groups of 20 or more will receive a $50 per ticket group sales price.

DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS FUN EVENT -

Order your tickets now, prior to the invitation mailing by sending a check to:
FSL Marine Mammal Center
20612 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Or call us with a credit card (949) 494-3050"

There is a good possibility that the FSLMMC will have a photographer on hand to take photos of Richard at the event, and possibly at the MMC with some of the furrier residents, for sale to Richard's fans and FSLMMC supporters. Such photos would be sold to benefit the FSLMMC. Further details as we get them.

(Thanks to MJ and Kat for the information)


3 scenes from RB's episode of Love & War [12 Aug 02] *** Richard's role on "Love & War" tracked down *** -- After several false starts, we have found Richard's guest appearance on the early 1990's CBS sitcom "Love & War." The episode, titled "Let's Not Call It Love," originally aired December 6th, 1993. Richard played Nick, an old flame of series lead Dana (Annie Potts) Palladino.

An episode synopsis found on the German TVundSerien website (and translated for us by Ingrid Gabriel) says:

"All of New York is eager to watch the movie event of the year - the viewing of a restored version of Dr. Zhivago, famous celluloid classic. Dana [Annie Potts] and Jack [Jay Thomas] , both movie afficionados, don't want to miss the screening. Now they COULD go together to watch the movie, mind you, but this might be misinterpreted as suggesting a rendezvous, which is non-disputable for either Jack or Dana in the first place.

An eye-to-eye clears the air: They agree to join - in purely platonic friendship and intent - for dinner at the Russian Tea Room, then go to the movies. Unfortunately though, both Dana's and Jack's friends know nothing about that agreement, therefore the wildest rumors are floating around in no time, all centering around the supposedly 'romantic rendezvous.'"

Dana and Jack are at the Russian Tea Room when a man walks past their table and double-takes, having recognized Dana. He is, of course, Dana's old boyfriend, the dashing and debonair Nick, played by Richard Burgi.  He stops to hug and kiss her and they chat for a bit, catching up. Jack is less than pleased to have their dinner thus interrupted, and eventually Nick goes to his own table. Nick passes once more on his way out and stops to say goodbye, and Dana gives him her phone number.

(Thanks to Deborah for the screen-grabs and the details on Richard's scenes, to Ingrid for the translation, and to the writer of the  JOTS program for convincing us the role wasn't apocryphal!)


RB at Festival events - images courtesy of HappyMonaco.com [12 Aug 02] *** Richard a guest of the 42nd Monte Carlo Television Festival ***  Richard and his family attended the Monte Carlo Television Festival in early July in world-famous Monaco. The Television Festival, Monaco's answer to France's prestigious Cannes Film Festival, was held during the first week of July (1-6) this year in an effort to make it more accessible to actors and producers. Anita Chabria, writing for the March 18th issue of PR Week, said of the Festival:

"For years, the city of Monte Carlo has hosted a television market every February, where buyers have purchased rights to shows. However, US distributors have eschewed the event recently, instead attending larger, business-oriented conferences, such as MIPCOM in France. Faced with that decline, Monaco reached out to its honorary ambassador - Law & Order creator and executive producer Dick Wolf - for ideas on how to reinvigorate the event with a focus on glamour rather than deal-making.

The new festival - rescheduled for July, when television actors are on hiatus - seeks to draw Hollywood's creative community, and raise the profile of The Golden Nymph (an international television award similar to the Emmy, which is handed out by the Festival)."



TOP LEFT: Richard joined "24" castmate Dennis Haysbert for a group photo with several fellow actors attending the "TV Detective Series" Special Evening at the Grimaldi Forum.
UPPER LEFT: Richard took pictures with several Monte Carlo policemen on the way to the Special Evening featuring  "TV Detective Series." 
CENTER LEFT: Richard stops for a moment on the red carpet at the Festival's closing ceremony,
BOTTOM LEFT: Richard joined Tori Spelling to present Jurgen Tarrach with the Golden Nymph Award for Best Male Performance.


The festivities began on Monday, July 1st. As guests of the Festival, Richard and his wife Lori were present at the Opening Ceremony, an invitation-only, black-tie event held at the Grimaldi Forum. On Wednesday, July 3rd, Richard joined a number of actors being honored at a Special Evening presentation dedicated to "TV Detective Series," and on Thursday, July 4th, Richard and his family joined other Festival guests at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel for an Independence Day Party hosted by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco. Richard also took part in the Saturday, July 6th black-tie, invitation-only Gold Nymph Awards Ceremony, joining actor Tori Spelling for the presentation of the award for Best Male Performance, won by German actor Jurgen Tarrach. Richard was also present for the Closing Ceremony, which took place later that same evening.

(Images courtesy of the HappyMonaco website. Thanks to the many people who forwarded information to us on the Festival and Richard's part in it).


RB as Jim Ellison[27 Aug 02] *** Latest "Sentinel" news from Sci-Fi Channel *** -- According to the Sci-Fi Channel online Bulletin Board, Sci-Fi exec Chris Regina is reported to have stated in a phone call that the Sci-Fi Channel would be airing "The Sentinel" again. "Possibly this Fall, but probably January."

*** "The Sentinel" now airing on Germany's Kabel1*** "The Sentinel" is airing on Tuesdays at 22:15 (10:15pm). As Kabel1 is not "pay tv," viewers throughout Europe and Northern Africa with access to the Astra satellite system can catch all 65 episodes of "The Sentinel." Note: "The Sentinel" is dubbed into German for the Kabel1 broadcast.

There is also the possibility that Germany's PRO7 network will add "The Sentinel" to its schedule once more.

[15 Jun 02] ***UPDATE*** Kabel1 added "The Sentinel" to its Premiere SciFi Channel (commercial-free pay TV) starting on May 1st. Check your local listings for time and dates!

[11 Jan 02] *** "The Sentinel" returns to French television  -- Monday to Friday (or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at 18:55 (6:55pm) on France's M6.*** French viewers will be able to catch Richard as Detective Jim Ellison now that "The Sentinel" has returned to French television.

Check your local listings for schedule information and episode names, or visit the M6 website's schedule search page at http://programmestv.m6net.fr/soc3/partners/m6net/searchresults.jsp?searchtext=Burgi&startdate=allWeek

(Thanks to Christine and Steffi for the European "Sentinel" information)


Wheelmen poster; get a bigger version at the Wheelmen site[27 Aug 02] *** "Wheelmen" official website recently updated *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found at  http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com/. The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.

Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production.

The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema  screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).

**UPDATE: "Wheelmen" premiere date pushed back into early Fall ** -- According to Director Dirk Hagen,  "Wheelmen" is ready for release as soon as distribution details are finalised. At present, we are expecting "Wheelmen" to premiere on the big screen. According to the most recent "Wheelmen" press release, a cinema screening for potential distributors was scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 22nd at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Henry Eshelman / Catherine Shin
Phone: 310.550.7776
Email: heshelman@bwr-la.com / cshin@bwr-la.com

WHEELMEN DRIVE ON!
Indie Film Wraps 19 Day Shoot in Los Angeles and Seeking Distribution

RB and castmates in Wheelmen; bigger versions at Wheelmen pageLOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich, line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.

NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin, Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson, Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.

As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.

# # #

The screening of WHEELMEN for distributors will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex, located at 6360 Sunset Blvd., behind the Cinerama Dome. Screening at 7:30 PM immediately followed by a reception. For more information, call 626.398.1949.



RB and castmates
Wheelmen cast

Richard Burgi 

top row
  • Lisa Arturo
  • Desmond Askew
  • James Avery
  • Elya Baskin
  • Adam Biesk
  • Erin Daniels
  • Dwight Ewell
bottom row
  • Michael Fairman
  • Alexander Gould
  • Eileen Grubba
  • Jason Kravits
  • William Gregory Lee
  • Rainn Wilson

[27 Aug 02]*** 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 Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center.

 

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