Last Updated: 19 September 2003
German viewers, Richard's episode of "Twice in a Lifetime" airs September 20th on Sat1
"Judging Amy" updates (Richard appears in multiple episodes)
"Firefly" updates (Richard appears in final episode, "the Message")
[19 Sep 03] *** German viewers, catch Richard in Twice in a Lifetime -- or Zweimal im Leben -- on Saturday, 20th of September *** -- Richard's episode of Twice in a Lifetime, "Knockout," will air on the Sat1 channel at 14:00 hours. The episode's German title is "Das Herz eines Champions." When originally aired in 2001, TVGrid gave the following episode summary:
"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."
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.
The German schedule information can be verified at: http://www.tvinfo.de/exe.php3?target=popup&sidnr=7879733
(Thanks to Sammy for the heads up and German schedule info)
[19 Sep 03] *** Look for Richard as Captain Hunter when The District's Fall 2003 season premieres on September 27th *** -- Richard spent a long day on the set of The District in late July, filming scenes for an upcoming episode of the hit CBS drama before departing for Bulgaria. At least some of the scenes filmed have proven to be for the season premiere episode, "Jack's Back," in which Richard once again plays Captain Vincent Hunter. The premiere episode airs on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00pm Eastern.
** Update ** -- Richard will appear in additional episodes of The District this season, though at present we are unable to offer details on episode names or likely airdates. Check your local listings for mention of Richard or Captain Hunter, and keep in mind that the listings sometimes overlook Hunter's presence in the episodes.
Richard plays Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the Internal Affairs division of the D.C. Police Department -- a recurring role he has held since the show premiered in October 2000. Richard appeared in seven episodes of Season 1, and two episodes of Season 3. In one of the Season 1 episodes, "The D.C. Strangler," Richard's Hunter was teamed with Detective Temple Page (Sean Patrick Thomas) in the investigation of an unsolved serial murder case. Hunter and Page shared a scene in one of Richard's Season 3 episodes, "Good-bye, Jenny," and by the end of the season, Page's parter, Detective Kevin Debreno (Jonathan LaPaglia) had been transferred to Hunter's Internal Affairs division. This may mean Captain Hunter will be back on a more regular basis in the upcoming season.
For further information on Richard's episodes of The District, visit our District Guide page.
(Thanks to Richard for the heads up, and to Lucy for additional details)
[19 Sep 03] *** Judging Amy now in syndication on the TNT cable network, airing two episodes per day *** -- Judging Amy is now airing Monday - Friday from 4:00pm - 6:00pm on TNT -- two episodes per day. TNT is currently airing Season Two episodes. Richard's episodes thus far (original airdates in parentheses) are:
Season Three (2001-2002)
- "The Justice League of America" (26 Mar 02) prod. #3ADG18, episode #3.18
- "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" (14 May 02) prod. #3ADG23, episode #3.23
Season Four (2002-2003)
[19 Sep 03] *** Richard's episodes of Judging Amy now airing in Singapore *** -- Judging Amy airs Monday - Friday in Singapore, and is now airing Season Three episodes. As Richard's first appearance as Michael Cassidy, "Justice League of America," aired on Thursday, an approximate broadcast schedule for his episodes would be:
"Lost in the System" -- Monday, September 29th
"People of the Lie" -- Friday, October 10th
"The Best Interests of the Child" -- Wednesday, October 15th
"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" -- Wednesday, October 29th
*** CBS announces launch date for Fall 2003 season *** -- Judging Amy returns for another season on Tuesday, September 23rd at 10:00pm Eastern. No word yet on when Richard will be back as Amy's ex-husband (and daughter Lauren's father) Michael Cassidy, but with current boyfriend Stu's proposal hanging in the air and Lauren none too thrilled with the idea of her mother remarrying, we assume Michael will be back sooner rather than later.
*** Richard comes under the wire with one more Judging Amy *** -- Richard's most recent episode of Judging Amy, titled "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," originally aired 06 May 03 and repeated in September. With three months of therapy under his belt, Michael's attitudes have changed considerably, in ways which clearly surprise and move Amy. Will this bode well for Richard's return in the coming season? Time will tell, but there is clearly still an emotional connection between Michael and Amy which will complicate any marital developments on Amy's horizon.
"Amy feels conflicted about whether to tell Lauren that She's in a romantic relationship with Stu. Meanwhile, Peter worries Gillian is setting herself up for a disappointment bu believing that their baby is a girl. Elsewhere Kyle has a business date with Lily for the ballet; Kimberly Fallon (Alice Dodd) is in Amy's courtroom defending a 16-year-old's decision to get married; and Bruce ruffles a parole officer's feathers by personally investigating a teen's probation violation."
Amy's relationship troubles lead to a period of self-doubt, which comes to a head when Michael comes over to drop off one of Lauren's (Karle Warren) schoolbooks. Amy invites her ex-husband in for coffee and at first, Michael is hesitant, not sure exactly what to expect. Michael has just as many surprises for Amy, as he is gentle, compassionate and considerate when she reveals her doubts and fears to him.
Amy wonders whether her problems with long-term relationships result from her own inadequacies, going so far as to speculate that their own marriage problems may have all been her fault. Michael doesn't take the easy, self-serving route; instead, he gently jokes with Amy that her problems stem from her never having gotten over him, reminds her of the undeniable good times they shared, and lets her off the hook, displaying a new depth of self-awareness and compassion. As he tells her, once upon a time, he had a wife who showed him how good marriage could be, and didn't know what he had until he lost it. A warm hug and kiss later, Michael is out the door, reminding Amy that he'll pick their daughter up on the weekend as usual.
(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on Richard's JA episodes, and
to Erin and Becky for the images)
[19 Sep 03] *** German viewers, 24 now airing on RTL II *** -- Catch Richard Burgi as the cold-blooded mercenary Kevin Carroll and his beguiling alter ego, Alan York, in the first season of the runaway hit FOX drama 24, now airing on RTL II. The show airs Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 8:15pm and is dubbed into German.
(Thanks to Danny for the schedule information)
*** International Update: French fans get to enjoy Richard's role in 24 all over again -- 24 launches April 2nd on French national TV, Chanel TF 1 *** 24 -- or "24 Heures Chrono" as it is known in French-language markets -- premiered on "free" television on Wednesday, April 2nd at 10:45pm. We are assuming a continuing Wednesday timeslot.
(Thanks to Sylvette for the update)
*** International Update: First season of 24 launches in Switzerland on French-language Television Suisse Romande -- Thursdays, starting on March 6th. *** According to TV8, the TV guide for French-speaking Switzerland, the first season of 24 will launch this Thursday in its first European non-pay TV broadcast. TV8 interviewed Richard for an article announcing the launch.
TV8 -- Swiss TV Guide magazine -- interview with Richard Burgi
"I adored breaking my image!" - Richard Burgi
Having the looks of a poster boy for seduction and charm, Richard Burgi could easily have remained his whole life in soap operas like Days of our Lives, where he played the character of Phillip Collier. That would be misjudging the this actor who likes to play with his image. That's why, after being Detective James Ellison, the well known hero fighting for justice in The Sentinel, he has played various parts in sitcoms like Seinfeld, Veronica's Closet or in a hilarious episode of Just Shoot Me, recently seen on TSR [the Swiss French-speaking channel - ed]. In 24 Hours Chrono, he surprises us by playing yet another type of chaacter, the mysterious Alan York.
What did particularly interest you in this role?
In the first episode of the series, all we know about Alan York,
is that he is worried about his daughter. Can you really not tell us a
little bit more about him?
Is that really important?
After three seasons, the series The Sentinel was suddenly
Back in 1977, you spent six months in Switzerland, for your pleasure?
Interview by Isabelle Rovero.
(Thanks to Madeleine Viviani for the article scan and translation)
Special thanks go to Richard and Lori Burgi (who donated the lion's share of the items up for auction), and to Kathleen Cole for her invaluable help in donating and gathering the items offered. Thanks also go to Kathleen Cole and Bert Hayling for the time and effort spent organizing and running the Summer 2003 RBFC Online Charity Auction. Without their generosity, this fund-raiser would not have taken place.
- The RBFC Coordinating Committee, September 2003
(Top) Richard Burgi as Captain Dax: Hero of the Federation of STARSHIP TROOPERS 2. (Bottom) Richard Burgi stars as Captain Dax in STARSHIP TROOPERS 2
(Photos courtesy of Tippett Studios and www.starshiptroopers2.net, Copyright © 2003 StarTroop Pictures Inc. Photos by Paul M. Sammon)
[19 Sep 03] ***UPDATE: Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation moving along the post-production pipeline towards current release date in March 2004*** -- Richard has been working periodically on post-production aspects of Starship Troopers 2 at Tippett Studio, where the bulk of the visual effects production is taking place. At present, expect to catch Richard as Captain Dax, Hero of the Federation of Starship Troopers 2, when the movie hits the shelves at DVD retailers in March '04.
Also look out for the August/September issue of Sci-Fi genre magazine Cinefantastique, which has a one-page article on Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (which mentions Richard as the lead).
Richard worked from May 14th through June 20th on the long-awaited Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation, filming at Manhattan Beach Studios and on location in the Santa Clarita "canyon country" north of Los Angeles. Richard plays Captain Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title.
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is produced by Jon Davison, with Phil Tippett directing. Tippett shot from a screenplay by Ed Neumeier, who also wrote the screenplay for the original Starship Troopers film. (All three worked on the first Starship Troopers, which was directed by Paul Verhoeven. Tippett's Tippett Studios produced the visual special effects for the first film, and is once again providing special effects for ST2).
When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man standing at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. He is somewhat the worse for wear -- dirty, torn, unshaven, and more than a little war-weary. When the rapacious arachnids threaten to once again overrun the makeshift defenses of the old outpost, Dax must rally the rag-tag band of Troopers to fend off the marauding Bugs. Unfortunately for Dax and the Troopers, the arachnids have other things in mind for the unsuspecting humans...
Additional information on "Starship Troopers 2 : Hero of the Federation" can be found at the Starship Troopers 2.net website at http://www.starshiptroopers2.net. Starship Troopers 2.net will work in association with Moviehole to provide the most up-to-date news and information on the project in general and will work with the RBFC to provide the latest news on Richard Burgi's involvement with the film.
The Moviehole website can be found at http://www.moviehole.net.
Tippett Studio, Special Effects house responsible for the incredible special effects of the StarshipTroopers films, can be found at http://www.tippettstudio.com.
Visit our Starship Troopers 2 guide page to see previous News items.
(Thanks to Kat and MJ for the heads up, to Richard for the confirmation, and to Starship Troopers 2.net for the production information and images).
[19 Sep 03] *** Joss Whedon gets green light for Firefly feature film *** -- According to a recent article in the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has secured the rights to Firefly from 20th Century Fox Television and plans to put a Firefly feature film into production in the first quarter of 2004. Series creator Whedon will adapt Firefly for cinematic release and will also serve as director.
According to the 04 Sep 03 Reporter article by Zorianna Kit and Chris Gardner, Firefly "was set 500 years in the future and centered on a crew aboard a spaceship. The feature version will incorporate the mythology from the show but will take on a more epic feel. Whedon hopes to enlist the entire cast to come back for the feature, depending on their previous commitments, with new characters added as well."
As Richard's Lieutenant Womack of Allied Enforcement was intended to become a recurring character, the possibility exists that Womack -- and Richard -- will have a part in the Firefly feature. Should this indeed prove to be the case, we will provide updates here at richardburgi.com.
(Thanks to Richard Burgi for the heads up, to Marc Heller of Reel One Entertainment for the Decoys website info, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")
[19 Sep 03]*** UPDATE: US Sci-Fi Channel puts The Sentinel back on hiatus at end of September *** -- The Sci Fi Channel Schedulebot listing for The Sentinel does not show it beyond the end of September. Hopefully this will prove a short hiatus with The Sentinel returning to the schedule in November.
(Thanks to Steffi for the German schedule update)
*** International Update *** -- Dutch viewers, The Sentinel comes to the Netherlands on V8, starting on July 30th! The show is now airing Mondays through Fridays at 7:05pm -- the original version with Dutch subtitles.
(Thanks to Silke for the Dutch schedule update)
*** International Update *** -- As of May, The Sentinel is once again airing in France. French viewers, The Sentinel is once again airing Monday to Friday at 6:50pm on M6. This current broadcast cycle started on Thursday, May 1st. (Articles on Richard and The Sentinel may possibly turn up in the French TV Guide magazines, so those of you in that market, keep a lookout!)
(Thanks to Christine for the heads up)
(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox
for the images)
[07 Aug 03] *** The Sentinel now airing on UK SciFi Channel, Tuesday through Friday at 6:00pm. *** -- According to an article in the "In Production - News" section (dated 22 Apr 03) of the Cult TV website ( http://www.cult.tv/ ), The Sentinel was scheduled to join the UK's SciFi Channel schedule on June 17th, airing Tuesday through Friday at 6:00pm.
The Cult TV article, titled "Sentinel Debuts in UK," had this to say of the series:
"Richard Burgi is Detective James Ellison, who crashes during a tour of duty in the jungles of Peru, while serving with the US Army's Special Forces. Unknown to him, months in the wilderness have left him with many psychic and perceptual gifts. His senses are heightened, and five years after his return to the States, he finds that he can suddenly use these skills to the greater good in his home of suburban Cascade, Washington. He has become the type of person foretold by the legends of ancient tribes -- he is a 'Sentinel.'
With a loyal following in America and in various territories around the world, The Sentinel finally gains itself a UK transmission. Having run from 1996 to 1999, 65 episodes were produced, and it is only now, thanks to Sci-Fi (Channel), that the gifted cop can be appreciated by British audiences."
The article went on to give a short resume for Richard:
"Star Richard Burgi is easily recognisable to fans of the first season of 24. Although we all thought he was Alan York, father of a missing teenage daughter, he turned out to be hired assassin Kevin Carroll! He has recently been seen on CSI as a paragliding instructor, and has appeared regularly on Judging Amy Stateside, replacing John Slattery in the role of Michael Cassidy, ex-husband of Judge Amy Gray. He's also reprised his role of Captain Hunter in The District this year."
(Thanks to Gwen for the initial UK SciFi news, and to Kitty for the Cult TV update)
[07 Aug 03] *** Wheelmen website woes -- faulty email links result in lost mail *** -- Wheelmen director Dirk Hagen has passed along some distressing news regarding the Wheelmen website at http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com/ -- seems the "contact us" email generator has been forwarding visitor posts into the electronic abyss.
Mr. Hagen has passed along his sincere apologies and regrets for the loss of these messages, as well as his appreciation and thanks to everyone who has taken the time to write regarding Wheelmen. He has also very kindly authorized us to release a direct email link so that Richard's admirers can resend their questions and comments on Wheelmen.
Mr. Hagen and the folks at STRETCHPIX are particularly interested in seeing what sort of demand there is for the release of Wheelmen, especially in international markets. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Hagen's asking, so be sure to let him know where you live, and how much you're looking forward to seeing Richard in Wheelmen! Be sure to mention the format you're most interested in, and if you're also interested in buying the film on DVD at some point, be sure to mention that also.
[07 Aug 03] *** Wheelmen producer STRETCHPIX inks International distribution deal with Showcase Entertainment *** According to the latest updates to the Publicity and News pages on the Wheelmen website at http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com, Showcase Entertainment is the new International distributor for "Wheelmen." The Showcase Entertainment website at http://showcaseentertainment.com now lists Wheelmen in its list of movies and Richard Burgi in its list of stars, along with a movie synopsis and image of the new Wheelmen one-sheet seen at left.
The Wheelmen website also has a new press release (available on the News page under the Publicity section) as well as a larger version of the new one-sheet poster, which will fill an 8.5" x 11" page when printed on an inkjet printer. The new press release reads as follows:
PRESS RELEASE APRIL 2003
We are pleased to announce that STRETCHPIX has signed with SHOWCASE ENTERTAINMENT for International distribution and representation for the film WHEELMEN.
Domestic distribution of the film is currently being reviewed with various companies.
Further updates will be posted shortly.
[Photo caption for cast group photo in front of limo: A group of limo drivers inadvertently become involved in a crazy attempt to kidnap the Vice President of the United States in Wheelmen]
[15 Mar 03] *** sneak preview screening for the general public in Pasadena, CA -- Monday, March 10th at 10:00am at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 *** Director Dirk Hagen graciously invited the RBFC to the first public screening of Wheelmen, which was held at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 at 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California at 10:00 am on Monday, March 10th.
Tickets to the matinee showing cost $5.50 and were available at the theater box office. "Wheelmen" is 93 minutes in length.
(Thanks to Dirk Hagen for the information and the invitation)
In addition to its theatrical release format, "Wheelmen" has been video-formatted for eventual television and DVD release.
[15 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" still awaiting finalization of distribution
arrangements; no word yet on revised release date *** "Wheelmen," which
stars Richard Burgi as former hotshot ambulance driver Nick Torino,
is currently awaiting a distribution deal. Once such a deal has been finalized,
the movie's release format will be decided and a release date announced.
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).
WHEELMEN DRIVE ON!
LOS 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.
[19 Sep 03] *** 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
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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