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Last Updated: 1 September 2001

** RBFC Fall 2001 Online Charity Auction begins September 19th! **

Burgi Bonanza for German viewers!

Richard's "Veronica's Closet" episode airing on USA Network Tuesday, Sept 18th at 10:00am ET

Catch Richard in "One West Waikiki" on Belgium's RTBF 1 Sundays at 21:41pm

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

"The District's" sophomore season  premiering on September 22nd

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

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

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[09/05/01] *** The RBFC Fall 2001 Online Charity Auction begins September 19th *** -- We are pleased to announce our third Charity Auction, proceeds of which will once again go to the Orange County Bird of Prey Center in El Toro, California.  The Auction will open at 12 noon ET, Wednesday, September 19th, and close to bidding at 10pm ET, Sunday, September 23rd.

There are sixteen items in this year's auction, consisting of:

  • A script for "I Married a Monster," signed by Richard Burgi, along with a mint-condition tape of the movie
  • Four scripts from the hit CBS drama, "The District," signed by Richard Burgi
  • A signed RBFC Membership Kit portrait of Richard Burgi
  • An assortment of French, British, and American magazines with stories featuring, and signed by, Richard Burgi
  • Two in-house UPN/Paramount promotional posters for "The Sentinel," signed by Richard Burgi
  • A mint-condition "Sentinel" crew jacket, size XL, given to Richard Burgi during the final season of the show

Those interested in participating in the RBFC Fall 2001 Online Charity Auction can browse through our auction catalog page to see the items "on the block."  We have established a temporary announcement-only mailing list at Yahoogroups called RBFCauction, which will provide participants with detailed instructions on the bidding process, detailed descriptions of the items available, and -- when the auction opens on September 19th -- regularly-updated figures on current bids. Bidding will be done via e-mail. To join the Auction anouncement list at Yahoogroups, simply send an email subscription request to

Special thanks go to Richard and Lori Burgi (who donated the lion's share of the items up for auction), Jen Raisler,
and Kathleen Cole  for their invaluable help in donating and gathering the items offered. Thanks also go to
Kathleen Cole, Carla Coupe, and Bert Hayling for the time and effort spent organizing and running the Fall 2001
RBFC Online Charity Auction. Without their generosity, this fund-raiser would not be taking place.

RB as Lane Cassidy[09/01/01] *** "Viper" airing in Germany on Premiere World's SciFi Channel  -- Saturdays at 16:05pm ***  Catch Richard as suave, sophisticated, and deadly leader of Metro City's organized crime "Outfit," Lane Cassidy, in four of the show's first season episodes:
  • "Once a Thief" (1/07/94) episode # 1.03 -- production # 102
  • "Ghosts" (1/14/94) episode # 1.04 -- production # 103
  • "Firehawk" (1/28/94) episode # 1.06 -- production # 105
  • "The Scoop" (3/11/94) episode # 1.11 -- production # 110
"Viper" trivia: Richard is joined in "Firehawk" by "Just Shoot Me" cast-member Wendy Malick (Nina Van Horne)Richard joined Wendy in her present series, "Just Shoot Me," for the Fall 2000 episode "Mum's the Word."

Please note: the episodes are retitled in German.  We will list the German titles as soon as possible.

(Thanks to Steffi for the schedule information and for the screen-grabs)

Dr. Ben looks at the breath-taking baby[09/01/01] *** German viewers, catch Richard in his "Seinfeld" episode on Premiere World's Comedy Channel -- Wednesday, September 5th at 22:05pm, repeating at 04:10am ***  Richard appears in the fifth season "ugly baby" episode of "Seinfeld," playing Dr. Ben in the episode "The Hamptons."

Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is quite taken with the handsome pediatrician and is smugly pleased to be referred to as "breath-taking" by the dashing doctor.  However, when Dr. Ben also refers to the baby of the house -- which Elaine, Jerry, George and Kramer all agree is the ugliest infant they have ever seen -- as "breath-taking," Elaine begins to wonder just exactly how the term could be applied to herself and the ugly baby.

(Thanks to Steffi for the schedule info and screen-grab)

Veronica sees Mark's tattoo[09/01/01] *** Richard's episode of "Veronica's Closet" to air on USA Network - Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00am ET ***  -- Catch Richard in "Veronica's Tattooed Man," his "Veronica's Closet" guest appearance. Richard plays the part of wrestling coach Mark, Ronnie's (Kirstie Alley) new love interest.  Unfortunately, Mark turns out to have had a college romance with Veronica's assistant and friend, Olive (Kathy Najimy).

Veronica is, of course, more than a little disturbed to discover that Olive and Mark have a romantic past, but tries valiantly to get past it -- until Mark begins to undress for a romantic interlude.  He is strangely reluctant to remove his shirt and when Ronnie insists, he opens his shirt to reveal an alarmingly large tattoo of Olive's face -- a misguided and untested ploy to win Olive's affections.  Veronica unceremoniously turfs Mark out.

After pestering Olive for information on the long-dead romance, Veronica decides to give Mark another chance.  Of course, the tattoo of Olive preys upon her and, after she imagines the tattoo talking to her mid-caress, Ronnie is about to give up on their romantic dalliance, until it occurs to the both of them for Mark to leave his shirt on. This works for a while, but when Mark turns into Olive while they bask in the afterglow, Ronnie sends Mark packing once and for all.

(Thanks to Steffi for the schedule info, and to Dianne for the screen-grab).

RB as Mack Wolfe[09/01/01] *** One West Waikiki airing on Belgian cable channel RTBF 1 -- Sundays at 21:41pm *** Viewers in Belgium, or European residents with access to RTBF 1, can catch Richard as rogueish and irreverent Honolulu PD homicide detective Lieutenant Mack Wolfe.  The episodes remain in English with French subtitling.

Set and filmed in Hawaii, the 1994-95 series was promoted as a modern-day "Quincy" with a touch of "Magnum, P.I." Cheryl Ladd, as Medical Examiner Dr. Dawn "Holli" Holliday, provided the "Quincy" aspect while Richard Burgi's Mack Wolfe gave the show its "Magnum" qualities.  Initially airing on CBS,  the show was cancelled after little more than a month and shifted over into syndication by Glen Larson Productions and Rysher.  In all, some twenty episodes were produced, with the two-hour pilot movie being split into two episodes.

(Thanks to Steffi for the schedule information and screen-grab)

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 agentJack 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.

[09/01/01] *** "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[09/01/01]  **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 31st -- we have not yet heard if Richard will return to "The District" as Captain Vincent Hunter.  Series regular David O'Hara (Detective Danny McGregor) apparently will 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 in an interview with USA Today, "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 updates)

[08/31/01]*** German fans, The District is heading your way -- Premiering Wednesday, September 5th at 21:10pm 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)

[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)

[09/01/01]*** German viewers, catch "The Sentinel" on Premiere World's SciFi Channel *** --  Two episodes a day, Monday through Friday, starting  Thursday, August 23.  Airing at 14:00 (2pm) with a repeat the following morning at 03:00 (3am).

"Sentinel" schedule on The Sci-Fi Channel -- ** 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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