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Last Updated: 29 September 2005


Richard joins "Desperate Housewives" as Series Regular for Fall 2005

Richard's first episode airs on Oct 2nd -- "You Could Drive a Person Crazy"

Richard's Season 2 "Desperate Housewives episodes are...

"Desperate Housewives" Complete First Season DVD set now available

Richard's bio now up at ABC's "Desperate Housewives" site

"Desperate Housewives" featured Sunday show in TV Guide's Fall Preview issue

People Magazine issues "Desperate Housewives" Extra special edition

Inside Edition features the "Desperate Housewives" cast photo shoot

Richard headlines "Desperate Housewives" feature in Austria's Kurier daily paper

Swiss magazine Teletop features "Summer Vacation" interview with Richard

European viewers, Burgi shows are coming your way

Richard joins cast headliners at "In Her Shoes" Los Angeles premiere

"In Her Shoes" premieres in theatres October 7th; Richard appears in trailers now playing in theaters and online

Richard called back to work on "Fun With Dick and Jane" reshoots,  featured in current trailers 

Richard back home from China after wrapping out on "Shanghai Red;" Richard costars with Vivian Wu

"Cellular" premieres on the Starz Kids & Family cable channel in October; Richard plays Craig Martin

"Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" airs Sept 28th and Oct 3rd on the Encore Action Channel

Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station adds "The Sentinel" to its Fall 2005 schedule; show premieres in September

Sci Fi Channel now airing Joss Whedon's "Firefly" as part of Friday night lineup; Richard guests in "The Message"

Richard's episodes of "The District" airing domestically on the USA Network and internationally in Singapore

Catch Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announces "Point Pleasant" Complete Series DVD Set for October release

Got a Burgi fan on your gift list? Amazon.com has you covered!

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Richard joins Desperate Housewives as a series regular [29 Sep 05] *** Desperate Housewives premiered Sunday, September 25th, with Richard aboard as a Series Regular for Fall 2005 *** -- Richard Burgi returns to Desperate Housewives as a Series Regular for the hit show's second season. The series went back into production in late July, picking up where the previous season finale left off.

Richard  plays Karl Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's cad of an ex-husband on ABC's award-winning hit series.  Previously seen in "Pretty Little Picture" and "Move On," Karl was back to bedevil his ex in "One Wonderful Day," the highly-anticipated season finale. 

As had been hinted at by Nicollette Sheridan (whose neighborhood vixen Edie Britt has been Susan's nemesis), Karl becomes romantically involved with Edie in Season Two. The legitimacy of Edie or Karl's affection for the other is, of course, open for debate, as Edie may be motivated by a desire to get back at Susan by romancing someone "near and dear to Susan's heart."  Karl himself may be motivated by a desire to make Susan jealous, which may lead to some competitive behavior between Karl and Mike (Jamie Denton) Delfino -- who Karl disparagingly calls "the Plumber."

Sheridan also teased TV analyst Marc Berman with some details of Edie's Season 2 storyline. "A new house, a 6-year-old child, an affair with someone near and dear to Susan," said Sheridan.

Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has commented in an interview that he intends to make a prequel episode detailing the early days of the Housewives and their families on Wisteria Lane. "I would love to do an episode showing the day when all the women moved on to Wisteria Lane. I would want everyone back," said Cherry.

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website, which has been updated for Fall 2005.

(Thanks to Kat for the confirmation, to Deborah and JoAnn for additional  info, to Danny for the screengrabs, and to ABC.com) 


Richard's first Season 2 episode -- You Could Drive a Person Crazy [29 Sep 05] *** Richard Burgi's first Season Two episode of Desperate Housewives airs Sunday, October 2nd  *** -- Richard makes his first Season 2 appearance in "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," which airs this coming Sunday.

The "next week on..." promo airing at the end of the season premiere, "Next," shows Karl casually strolling out onto Edie's driveway to pick up the morning paper, attired only in his boxers and a robe. Susan, presumably retrieving her own paper, is shocked to see her ex coming out of Chez Britt after obviously having spent the night with the neighborhood vixen. Susan is, predictably, somewhat less than amused by this turn of events, while Karl simply offers a cheesy smile before ambling back into the house.

(Thanks to MJ for the promo screengrab)



[29 Sep 05] *** Desperate Housewives Update *** -- Thus far, we have confirmed that Richard appears in the second, third, and seventh episodes of the new season.  As always, we advise viewers to watch every Sunday to catch any mentions of or appearances by caddish Karl.

Richard appears in 3 episodes and commentary on the Desperate Housewives DVD set [29 Sep 05] *** Desperate Housewives Complete First Season now available on DVD *** -- The eagerly-awaited DVD set of the hit show's first season is now available through both online retailers and more traditional outlets, and thus far the six-disc set is meeting with reviewer approval.

Richard Burgi plays Karl Mayer, Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's rather... unevolved and caddish ex-husband in the third, eleventh, and twenty-third episodes of the season -- "Pretty Little Picture," "Move On," and the season finale, "One Wonderful Day."

Richard also features in series creator Marc Cherry's "favorite episodes" commentary on "One Wonderful Day." The Boston Herald's Mark A. Perigard's review had this to say:

"Creator Marc Cherry shares insights into his favorite episodes in several commentaries, including the tidbit that Nicollette Sheridan's appearance in the pilot was a one-shot deal. Sheridan demonstrated so much chemistry with co-star Teri Hatcher that she vamped herself into a full-time job. Also listen to his comments regarding Richard Burgi, who plays Hatcher's ex-husband, and you'll understand why the actor has been upgraded to series regular."

Interested in buying the first season of Desperate Housewives on DVD? Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season is now available for purchase at local retailers and through online companies such as Amazon.com. Currently the discounted price at Amazon is $38.99. (For reference purposes, the ASIN number for the DVD set is B00079FUI6).

(Thanks to Danny for the episode screengrabs)
 

 


Richard gets a bio listing at ABC's Desperate Housewives pages [29 Sep 05] *** Richard Burgi gets a Cast Bio entry at the ABC website's Desperate Housewives page *** -- The ABC website has been spruced up for the Fall 2005 season with a selection of new graphics, colors, and content and the Desperate Housewives pages are no exception.

In line with his new status as series regular, Richard now has a Cast Bio listing, with a character bio for Karl Mayer "coming soon."

Richard's (and Karl's) biography listing can be found at:
http://www.abc.go.com/primetime/desperate/bios/richard_burgi.html

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(Screengrabbed site graphics and IM icon format courtesy of  ABC.com)


Richard gets a mention in Sept 18th TV Guide Housewives feature [29 Sep 05] *** TV Guide ushers in the Fall 2005 season of Desperate Housewives with a two-page feature *** -- The September 18th issue of TV Guide chose Desperate Housewives to headline their Sunday night highlights.

The article gives a series of updates such as "where we left off," which gives a quick recap of the previous season's finale, "welcome to the neighborhood," which details the arrival of Alfre Woodard's mysterious Betty Applewhite, and "Lovers Lane," where we find out what Richard's Karl is up to:

"LOVERS LANE: With boy toy John largely out of the picture (Jesse Metcalfe's off shooting a movie), pregnant Gabrielle tries to make her marriage work. Meanwhile, the news that Mike is the father of Zach (Cody Kasch) troubles Susan, as does a romance between her ex-husband, Karl (Richard Burgi), and Edie (Nicollette Sheridan)."

(Thanks to TV-now.com for the heads up, to Danny for the screengrabs, and to Starz for the scheduling info)


Richard featured in People Extra special edition on Desperate Housewives [29 Sep 05] *** People Magazine publishes Desperate Housewives special edition, and Richard's featured in it *** -- People Magazine has issued a special edition titled "Secrets of Desperate Housewives." The issue should be on newsstands through October 24th; we suggest you buy it now to be on the safe side.

Richard Burgi, who joins the show as a series regular this season, plays Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer's ex-husband Karl and is featured in the magazine's section on "Husbands, Hunks, & Cads," which is excerpted below.

The Slimy Ex-Husband
RICHARD BURGI
(Karl Mayer)

He appeared in only three episodes last year as Susan's adulterous husband, dropping by to twist the knife in her already-broken heart. This season, expect to see a lot more of Burgi as Karl takes up with Susan's nemesis Edie— and remains as cluelessly Neanderthal as ever. "He realizes he's a bit of a buffoon," he says, "but yet goes through life blindly anyway and having a good time. I think they're getting a new car for me that is just as racy and just as screaming-a-midlife-crisis as before."

Burgi, 47, married for 10 years to Lori Kahn with sons Jack, 8, and Samuel, 5, has his own secret for avoiding those pitfalls. "Find some support system," he says. "I'm a big proponent of therapy — group therapy, single therapy — to get a sense of the big picture."

As for any steamy encounters with Edie, Burgi says he's ready for the extra exposure. "A little buttage?" he says, laughing. "If if s for the sake of the scene, sure, I've got buns in the oven. They just need to be taken out and cooled down."

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, and to Ruth for the page scans and article excerpt)


Richard appears in Desperate Housewives coverage on Inside Edition [29 Sep 05] *** Inside Edition features the new Desperate Housewives cast group photo shoot on September 21st's show *** -- The entire Fall 2005 cast of Desperate Housewives gathered in the new Wisteria Lane park to shoot the new cast group photos, and the press was invited to chronicle the event.

While the Fall 2005 "housewives" group shot -- the ladies of Wisteria Lane relaxing in white Adirondack chairs on a lush expanse of grass -- had already been seen in print, the full cast shot -- ladies, gents, and teens -- has yet to be unveiled. Inside Edition was on hand to film the entire operation, which included the Housewives group photo, the entire cast photo, and one featuring the men of Wisteria Lane, all kitted out in variations on the theme of white shirt and jeans.

(Thanks to MJ for the Inside Edition heads up and information)


Austria's Kurier daily features Richard in Desperate Housewives edition of Kult insert [29 Sep 05] *** Richard Burgi featured in Austria's Kurier daily *** -- The September 4th issue of the Kurier, Austria's second-largest daily newspaper, featured a special weekend edition of the Kult insert -- a Desperate Housewives-themed issue centering on an interview with Richard Burgi, "The man who drives housewives to desperation."

"Fun guy Richard Burgi obviously has a lot of fun with his role as infidel husband and general pig Karl," says the Kurier's Ingrid Gabriel, "and audiences loved him so much that after being a guest during the first season, he becomes a regular of the hit show during second season. - We still remember fondly his fast departure, leaving Susan towel-less, or his flirting with single Edie. He does admit to Teri Hatcher's words in a TV interview: 'He's awesome! I have never seen a guest star make a crew laugh more than him.' Yes, people on set were incredibly great, and the long hours were always 'hardest on the crew. We're in the entertainment business, so let's entertain.'  He's not allowed to spill much on the development of the series. Just a bit in advance: there's a new house with a piano-teacher and her son, and he himself has a 'love/war, love/war thing ' with Ex-wife Susan. 'But there's also a flame of interest flickering between me and  Edie...'  he adds mischievously. And with Mike Delfino whom, according to the script he's only to call 'the Plumber,' there's going to be competition too. 'Hey, it's like two dogs marking their territory, it's only understandable.'"

The article is available online at the Kurier's website:
http://www.kurier.at/kult/news/1099563.php
 

(Thanks to Ingrid for the heads up on the interview, for the scanned pages, and for the article translation)


Richard chats with Teletop before departing for China and Shanghai Red [29 Sep 05] *** Richard featured in July 17 - 23 2005 issue of Switzerland's Teletop magazine *** -- Further evidence of the high regard European TV viewers have for Richard is Issue 29 of Teletop, a magazine devoted to television actors, series, and TV movies.

Richard's interview is featured in an article by Henry Arnaud titled "Burgi on the wave." Richard has been interviewed a number of times by Arnaud, and the tone of the interview is very laid back and comfortable. The majority of the pictures are by photographer Gilles Toucas, who has also worked with Richard on previous occasions.

The interview was conducted shortly before Richard departed with his family for Shanghai, China, where he worked on "Shanghai Red" from mid-June into late July. At the time, Richard was enjoying his summer vacation, spending much of the day on and around the beach with his family and engaging in one of his passions -- surfing -- whenever possible.
"For me, the summer holidays are the beach and surfing!" said Richard. 

According to Richard, a typical day of summer vacation consists of waking up with the tides to catch the morning's first waves, spending the morning with his family, eating lunch at one of the small restaurants along the beach, and catching one more round of surfing in the afternoon.

A self-described "surfing enthusiast," Richard shared a favorite surfing spot with Teletop -- Crystal Cove. His wife Lori, who Richard described as a "true home fairy," found their home overlooking the ocean and moved them into what Richard calls "our corner of Paradise." 

As Richard's Swiss heritage makes him something of a 'hometown boy' for Teletop readers, he chatted with Arnaud about that heritage. "My grandfather was Swiss, and I still have cousins in Lucerne," he said. He also talked about being eager to visit Switzerland again, though the logistics were considerably more complex with a family.

(Thanks to Madelaine for the article scans and summary)



[29 Sep 05] *** European broadcast update *** -- Burgi fans in Europe have a wide variety of viewing options ahead, with Richard's shows both new and old airing in a variety of markets. Courtesy of Madelaine, we have the following list of Burgi series:

The Sentinel: Season Two is now airing on TSR2, Switzerland's French-language channel, on Saturday afternoons. The show is dubbed into French.

The District: Season One is now airing on Germany's VOX channel on Wednesday evenings (Richard appears in 7 episodes)

Judging Amy: Season Four is now also airing on VOX. (Richard appears in  4 episodes)

Touched By an Angel: Now airing Season Seven on VOX. Sadly, too late for Richard's Season 5 episode.

Desperate Housewives: Season One is airing on Germany's Pro7, presumably in summer repeats. (Richard appears in 3 episodes)

Desperate Housewives: Now on hiatus in Switzerland, the show will return to the German-language SF-DRS channel in September. Presumably one or both of these channels will be airing the new season once it premieres in September.

(Thanks to Madelaine for the schedule and channel info)


Richard Burgi attends the Hollywood premiere of In Her Shoes [29 Sep 05] *** "In Her Shoes" premieres in Los Angeles at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences *** -- The Hollywood premiere and attendant red carpet affair for "In Her Shoes" took place on Wednesday, September 28th. Attending the event were Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Feuerstein, Richard Burgi, and Director Curtis Hanson.

Richard plays Jim Danvers in the film version of Jennifer Weiner's best-seller novel. "In Her Shoes" premieres nation-wide on October 7th and is now playing in sneak previews in limited markets.

(Thanks to Debbie for the premiere info)


In Her Shoes opens worldwide starting in october [29 Sep 05] *** "In Her Shoes" premieres nation-wide in just over a week!***  -- The October 7th premiere date for "In Her Shoes" is just over a week away, and TV commercials for the film -- variations on the original trailer theme -- can now be seen on a variety of channels.

The film's world premiere occurred at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8 - 17), where "In Her Shoes" was warmly received by audiences and reviewers. Paul Fischer of Moviehole.net described the film as "...one of the most satisfying and exquisite comic gems of the year..." 

In addition to the original domestic trailer, a longer international trailer is now available online in a variety of formats. The original QuickTime trailer is available at the  Apple website, as well as the official movie website at www.inhershoes.com while the longer international trailer can be found at http://www.femalefirst.co.uk in a vairety of formats and sizes.  Richard  is featured in the trailer in scenes with Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette.  Jim Danvers (Richard) knocks on the door of girlfriend Rose's (Collette) apartment, only to be met by her sister Maggie (Diaz). Jim, easy prey to temptation, is unable to resist the charms of the half-dressed Maggie.

"In Her Shoes" stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. Richard joined the cast in February '04 and "wrapped out" in mid April with some location scenes in Philadelphia. Richard plays Jim Danvers, Rose's (Collette) cheating boyfriend.  According to the character breakdown, Danvers is "a handsome, suave attorney at the law firm of Lewis, Dommel and Fenick. He's also a cold-hearted ladies man who dumps women without thinking twice."

Based on the Jennifer Weiner book of the same title, "In Her Shoes" was screenwritten by Susannah Grant and is directed by Curtis Hanson. 

The official "In Her Shoes" website: http://www.inhershoes.com/

To learn more about "In Her Shoes," visit author Jennifer Weiner's website at http://www.jenniferweiner.com/

Production details on "In Her Shoes" can be found at the IMDb website at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388125/

(Thanks to Richard, Kat, and Deborah for the information and the subsequent sleuthing, and to MJ and Deborah for the screengrabs)


Richard plays Joe in Fun with Dick and Jane [29 Sep 05] *** "Fun with Dick and Jane" dives back into production on reshoots and new scenes *** -- As detailed on the Dark Horizons website, the cast and crew of "Fun with Dick and Jane" are back at work reshooting 40 - 60 pages of rewritten and new scenes. All told, the reshoots are expected to take five weeks to complete.

Apparently the additional scenes and reworking were requested to allow for more of "Carrey doing his normal schtick."  Richard has been called back for roughly a week's work on rewritten or new scenes, so presumably his character, Joe, and Carrey's Dick Harper will be playing "keeping up with the Joneses" to a much greater, and wackier, degree. 

Trailers for "Fun with Dick and Jane" are now playing  in cinemas across the country and at various online sources. Richard appears in two scenes of the current trailer as the Harper's next door neighbor, Joe.

The trailer is available at the following online locations:

The official site: http://www.funwithdickandjane.com/

The Apple QuickTime Trailers site: http://www.apple.com/trailers/

Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni headline this update of the 1977 original, which starred Jane Fonda and George Segal. Carrey and Leoni play Dick and Jane Harper, a couple who find themselves on the verge of financial collapse when Dick loses his job. The Harpers turn to a life of crime to pay the bills, apparently preying on their wealthy neighbors and friends. (Richard plays their next-door neighbor Joe).

The production began principal photography in and around Los Angeles in early September '04, filming for 114 days before wrapping  in early 2005. 

(Thanks to Richard and Kat for the initial info and to Deborah for the online sleuthing)


Richard costars with Vivian Wu in Shanghai Red [29 Sep 05] *** Richard back home after completing work in Shanghai on "Shanghai Red"*** -- Richard returned from Shanghai, China, in late July after "wrapping out" -- completing -- his nearly six-week shoot on "Shanghai Red," a feature film from MAR de ORO Films and Shanghai Film Studios. The film recently completed its last day of principal photography and is now in post-production.

Written, directed, and produced by Oscar Luis Costo, the film stars Vivian Wu ("Pillowbook," "A Bright Shining Lie," "8 1/2 Women," "The Joy Luck Club") as Meili Zhu and Richard Burgi as Michael Johnson. They are joined by Ge You ("Farewell My Concubine," "To Live," "A World Without Thieves"), Roger Yuan ("Shanghai Noon," "Vanishing Son," "Bulletproof Monk"), and Sun Honglei ("Zhou Yu's Train").

Writer and director Oscar Costo graciously shared a description of  "Shanghai Red" with us:

"'Shanghai Red' is a dramatic film about the journey of a young, modern Shanghai mother Meili Zhu (Vivian Wu) who suffers the loss of her husband and how she comes to terms with her state of depression. In her murderous journey of revenge, Meili meets Michael Johnson (Richard Burgi), an expatriate American from Chicago escaping his own dark past. Even though Michael's motives for being with Meili are originally laced with deception, he ultimately finds hope, love and honor through her."

(Thanks to Jude for the initial heads up, to Richard for confirmation, to Oscar Costo for the terrific intro to the story and characters, and to Deborah, JoAnn and MJ, our search engine Maestras) 


Cellular airs on Starz in October [29 Sep 05] *** "Cellular" airs throughout October on the Starz Kids & Family Channel *** -- The Starz Kids & Family Channel, part of the Starz Entertainment Group,  will air "Cellular" throughout October.

Richard plays Craig Martin, the "wrong place at the wrong time" realtor husband of movie heroine Jessica (Kim Basinger) Martin.  Unbeknownst to Jessica, Craig has videotaped crooked cops executing drug dealers -- and the crooked cops are desperate to tidy up loose ends. To get Craig and the camera, they abduct Jessica and the Martin's young son. Jessica has one ace up her sleeve -- she's managed to patch a busted phone together enough to tap out random phone numbers, and the guy on the other end, Ryan (Chris Evans), is willing to help. Problem is, he's on a cellphone, doesn't know where Jessica is... and his battery's running low.

Starz October schedule for "Cellular"
Saturday, Oct 01 at 2:45am ET
Monday, Oct 03 at 11:05pm ET
Thursday, Oct 13 at 2:45am ET
Wednesday, Oct 19 at 1:15am ET
Sunday, Oct 30 at 1:25am ET

For further details, go to the Starz website at:
http://www.starz.com/

(Thanks to TV-now.com for the heads up, to Danny for the screengrabs, and to Starz for the scheduling info)


Troopers 2 airs on Encore Action in September & October [29 Sep 05] *** "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" airs in October on the Encore Action Channel *** -- The Encore Action Channel, part of the Starz Entertainment Group, will air "Starship Troopers 2"  once more in early October.

Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax, the hero mentioned in the film's title. When we -- and the besieged troopers -- first meet Captain Dax, he is the last man at an otherwise abandoned and desolate outpost on planet Zulu Angel. Disgraced and imprisoned in the outpost's incinerator for killing his commanding officer, 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 is called upon to 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...

Encore Action Channel  schedule for "Starship Troopers 2" 
Monday, Oct 03 at 12:10am ET

For further details, go to the Starz Edge website at:
http://www.starz.com/appmanager/seg/s

(Thanks to TV-now.com for the ST2 heads up, to Danny for the ST2 screengrabs, and to Starz for the scheduling info)


The Sentinel comes to Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station [29 Sep 05] *** The Sentinel now airing in original, uncut form  on Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station ***-- SPACE launched The Sentinel on Tuesday, September 6th at 10:00pm ET with the episode repeating the following morning at 10:00am.

According to SPACE's Director of Programming and Acquisitions, Isme Bennie, fan requests seem to have played a part SPACE's decision to add The Sentinel to their Fall 2005 lineup. "SPACE continues to bring our viewers what they have asked for," said Bennie. "This will be an amazing season..." Bennie's "Sentinel" announcement was made at the Toronto Trek 19 convention.

Richard Burgi plays series lead Jim Ellison, a former Army Ranger now working as a detective for the Cascade PD in his Washington State hometown. Ellison finds himself almost overwhelmed when his dormant, and repressed, hyperactive senses are brought back online after a period of solitude on a remote stakeout. Anthropology doctoral candidate Blair Sandburg (Garett Maggart), whose chosen field of research is "Sentinels" -- people with such enhanced senses -- has the answers Ellison needs to control and work with his powerful and unpredictable abilities. Ellison's long-suffering captain, Simon Banks (Bruce A. Young) helps Ellison and Sandburg make the most of Ellison's sensory advantage by watching their backs and keeping their extrasensory escapades under the radar as much as possible.

For further details, go to the website of Space: The Imagination Station:
http://www.spacecast.com

(Thanks to Laura, Katherin, and Kay Lynne for the SPACE heads up, and to Steffi for the screengrabs)


Richard plays Lt. Womack in Firefly's The Message [29 Sep 05] *** Firefly leads the Sci Fi Channel's Friday night lineup, airing at 7:00pm ET -- catch Richard in "the Message" *** -- The Sci Fi Channel has secured rerun rights to all fifteen episodes of Firefly, Joss Whedon's short-lived "Western in space," and has incorporated the show into its Friday night lineup, where it serves as the lead-in to Sci Fi's popular Stargate: SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.

Richard's episode is the 13th in the Sci Fi listing and presumed broadcast order, which makes it likely "The Message" will air on October 14th.

Visit the Sci Fi Channel's Firefly page at: http://www.scifi.com/firefly/index.html

Richard Burgi appears as Lt. Womack in "The Message." Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December 2002, "The Message" was one of the last of 15 episodes ordered by FOX, and the last episode filmed. According to a brief description of the episode, "the crew must deliver the corpse of an old war comrade home, but things are not as they seem."

The script had this to say of Alliance Enforcement officer Womack: "He's been around the block, and likely beaten up everybody on it."  Womack was intended to be a recurring character -- a shady lawman who would undoubtedly cross paths with the Serenity at the most inconvenient times. 

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, and to Becky and Earthgrazer for the screengrabs)


Richard's episodes of The District airing on the USA Network [29 Sep 05] *** Richard's episodes of "The District" airing in repeats on the USA Network***  -- With CBS having dropped "The District"  from the Fall 2004 schedule, the USA Network  has picked the show up for syndicated broadcast.

USA is currently airing the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at either 11:00am or 11:30am ET, depending on the day of the week. Remember to check your local listings or the USA Network site for additional information:

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/thedistrict/

The show is also airing in syndication in Singapore, where at last report Season 4 was being broadcast. Assuming the broadcast cycle has started over with Season 1, viewers are enjoying Richard's heaviest season -- seven episodes.

A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can be found on the Filmography page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the  District Guide page.

Richard appeared in three of the show's four seasons in a total of twelve episodes, playing the recurring role of the prickly and suspicious Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs Division.

Unfortunately, the show did not take maximum advantage of the Hunter character, though they established an intriguing back-story for him in the first season episode "The DC Strangler." Ella Farmer (played by the late Lynn Thigpen) told Chief Mannion (Craig T. Nelson) a bit about Hunter. He was a highly-decorated officer with a relatively high solve rate while in Homicide, a department he left after discovering his wife -- also a police officer --  in bed with his partner..
 

(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, to Gerri for the Singapore broadcast info, to Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Catch Richard in Judging Amy on TNT [29 Sep 05] *** Look for Richard's episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" ***-- Richard appeared in six episodes of the recently canceled CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy

TNT will begin a new broadcast cycle on September 26th with Season 1; as Richard doesn't come aboard as Michael Cassidy until Season 3, it will be several weeks before his first episode, "The Justice League of America," comes up in the schedule.

Judging Amy airs in two-episode blocks weekdays as part of TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where it appears Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 1:00pm ET/PT.

A complete list of Richard's Judging Amy episodes can be found at the Filmography Page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the Judging Amy Guide page.

Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local listings, as well as the TVNow website.

TNT's website -- http://www.tnt.tv/

TVNow listing  -- www.tv-now.com/

(Thanks to Becky and Erin for the Judging Amy screengrabs, to TNT for the scheduling info, and to the Epguides website for production details)


FOX announces Point Pleasant DVD release [29 Sep 05] *** 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announces thePoint Pleasant Compete Series DVD set  -- release date October 25th*** -- Although the FOX Network officially cancelled the struggling supernatural drama as of March 24th (with the March 17th episode being the last one aired), 20th Century Fox decided to compete the 13-episode order, with production wrapping in mid-April.

Completing the production run allowed 20th Century Fox to honor its international broadcast contracts  and to offer a complete DVD package to the Home Video market. Series executive producer Marti Noxon advised fans to contact FOX and express interest in and desire for a DVD set.

 "If you feel inclined you can bug Fox studios to issue the season on DVD," said Noxon. "I know they are thinking about it - and you'd get to see all the "lost" eps, which will be airing overseas."

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment recently announced a release date for the Complete Series DVD set. The 3-disc set, which is already available for pre-order at various online retailers such as Amazon.com, has an official release date of October 25th, 2005. The DVD set is expected to list at $39.95, with a discounted pre-order price of $27.99

Further information can be found at both www.amazon.com and at www.tvshowsondvd.com

Point Pleasant went into production in November '04 at the San Diego studios of Stu Segall Productions with a 13-episode order and wrapped production on April 14th 2005 .

Episodes and US broadcast status:
"Pilot" (premiere part 1) -- aired 19 Jan
"Human Nature" (premiere part 2) -- aired 20 Jan
"Who's Your Daddy?" -- aired 27 Jan
"The Lonely Hunter" -- aired 03 Feb
"Last Dance" -- aired 10 Feb
"Secrets and Lies" -- aired 17 Feb
"Unraveling" -- aired 10 Mar
"Swimming With Boyd" -- aired 17 Mar
"Waking The Dead" -- aired 19 Jun in Sweden
"Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Choked" -- aired 26 Jun in Sweden
"Missing" AKA "When the Cat's Away" -- aired 03 Jul in Sweden
"Mother's Day" -- unaired in US
"Family Style" -- unaired in US

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant," to Sweens for the DVD release news, and to Becky and Danny for the screengrabs)


[29 Sep 05]*** Check out the Burgi Bonanza at amazon.com *** -- All the items listed below are available at either amazon.com or its subsidiary, amazon.ca, and all feature Richard Burgi in some capacity. **NOTE** Always verify the current prices at Amazon.com, as they do fluctuate with market forces.

Your amazon.com account information will work equally well with the Canadian subsidiary.

Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/

Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
Richard appears in all 13 episodes

Point Pleasant - The Complete Series (2005) DVD Set -- $27.99 (30% discount)
Release date: October 25, 2005. Now available for pre-order.
ASIN: B000A9QKT6

Richard appears in all 13 episodes of the short-lived FOX dramatic supernatural series, playing Dr. Ben Kramer, patriarch of the Kramer family. Ben and his family -- wife Meg (Susan Walters) and daughter Judy (Aubrey Dollar) -- take the mysterious Christina (Elisabeth Harnois)into their home as she strives to find out who she is and where she comes from.

Richard appears in 3 episodes of Season 1

Desperate Housewives - The Complete First Season (2004) DVD Set -- $38.99 (35% discount)
Release date: September 20, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ASIN: B00079FU16

Richard appears in 3 episodes of the first season of ABC's blockbuster satirical drama series. The third episode introduces him as Karl Mayer, flaky midlife-crisis-ing ex-husband of Susan (Teri Hatcher) Mayer. Karl remains a part of Susan's life as the father of their teenage daughter, and pops up to bedevil Susan at the most inopportune times.

Both the series and Teri Hatcher earned Golden Globes for this season.

Richard appears in 12 episodes of Season 1

24 Season One (2002) DVD Set -- $41.99 (30% discount)
ASIN: B00005JLF2

Richard appears in 12 episodes of the first season of FOX's ground- and record-breaking drama series. The first episode introduces him as Alan York, concerned father of a missing daughter. As the series unfolds, we discover Alan is not who he appears -- he is, in fact, Kevin Carroll, a cold-blooded assassin and mercenary.

The series and series lead Kiefer Sutherland would go on to earn Golden Globes for this season.

Richard's character Kevin Carroll, AKA Alan York, is discussed in both books

Books on 24 (both mention Richard's character)

1) 24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $11.53 (30% discount)
ISBN: 0060535504 
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story 

2) 24: The Unofficial Guide by Jim Sangster -- $69.70
ISBN: 1843570343
A more traditional approach to the series guide -- episode listings, production details, et cetera (now out of print)

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season on DVD -- $67.49 (25% discount)
ASIN: B0001906X6

Richard appears in the episode "High and Low" as paragliding instructor Rick Weston. (Trivia note: "Starship Troopers 2" costar Colleen Porch also appears in "High and Low").
 
 

 

Cellular DVD now available

Cellular (2004) DVD, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $22.38  (20% discount)
ASIN: B0006D3HGA

Richard plays Craig Martin, husband of Kim Basinger's Jessica Martin.
 
 

 

Cellular novelization may offer additional insights into Craig Martin

1) Cellular (novelization by Pat Cadigan) -- $7.99
ISBN: 1844161048

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $16.98 
ASIN: B00049QLC8

The novelization will be an interesting read, especially if it delves a little deeper into the character of Craig Martin (Richard's role in "Cellular")

"Cellular" is now available on DVD. The film lived up to expectations in theaters worldwide after premiering on September 10th 2004.
 

The US-market DVD doesn't include bloopers or deleted scenes

Decoys (2004) DVD [US market version] -- $22.46 (10% discount)
ASIN: B0002J4X3O

Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk in this tongue-in-cheek take on the "aliens need humans to reproduce" sci-fi theme. Director Matt Hastings has described "Decoys" as a meeting of "American Pie" and "Species."

There are two versions of the DVD currently available. The US-market version available through amazon.com does not include the deleted scenes and bloopers included in the Canadian-market version (see next entry).

Canadian-market Decoys DVD has deleted scenes and bloopers

Canadian-market version from amazon.ca
Decoys (2004) DVD -- CDN $10.47 (30% discount)
ASIN: B00029QQRK

New release: 07 June 2005

The Canadian-market DVD includes an assortment of deleted scenes, the bloopers, a "making of" special, and a photo gallery. The deleted scenes help explain some aspects of the film which are confusing or vague in the theatrical release, and Richard's scenes and bloopers are hilarious.

Richard appears as Womack in The Message

Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $34.99 (30% discount)
ASIN: B0000AQ50F

Richard appears in the episode "The Message" as Lt. Womack, an unscrupulous Alliance Enforcement officer. Womack is after an old war buddy of Malcolm and Zoe's and is quite determined to get what he's after.

Had the series continued, Womack would probably have become a recurring character.

Richard plays Captain Dax in Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $10.46 (30% discount)
ASIN: B0001XAOQ6

New release: 07 July 2005

2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98
ASIN: B00028HOC2

Richard plays Captain V.J. Dax in "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation." The DVD includes the widescreen movie, a "making of" featurette which includes interviews with the cast and behind the scenes footage, a photo gallery, and look at the animation process. 

The soundtrack CD presents the entire "Troopers 2" suite, which includes the haunting Dax's Theme.



[29 Sep 05] *** 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 Pacific Marine Mammal Center .


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