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Last Updated: 27 October 1999

Richard Burgi's big-screen debut in "Action" cinema trailer

SciFi Channel TVGuide ad series for "The Sentinel" features Richard as Jim Ellison

Catch Richard in "Action" when "Blowhard" repeats on FOX Thursday, Oct28th

"The Sentinel" airs on the SciFi Channel every Tuesday from 7-11pm Eastern

SciFi Channel adds "The Sentinel" to its website

SciFi Channel online chats with Burgi and Maggart more popular than anticipated

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Cole kissing Peter [10/27/99]Richard's big-screen debut -- The new movie "Double Jeopardy" is being packaged in some markets with an advertising trailer for "Action," FOX Television's controversial new comedy (Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT).The trailer includes a sequence from the pilot episode which shows Cole Riccardi (Richard Burgi) kissing Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr) on the cheek. 

(Thanks to Lois for the heads-up!)

[10/27/99]The SciFi Channel launched a series of full-page TVGuide ads to coincide with "The Sentinel's" debut in the new "Four-Play" Fall schedule. The ads -- a new one each week -- feature each of Jim Ellison's (Richard Burgi) enhanced senses. Smell, hearing, sight, touch and taste have all been featured. (Ads shown below; click on the images for a bigger picture).

** Full-page TV Guide ads for The Sentinel **
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(Thanks to Vicky and Carla for scanning the TV Guide ads)

[10/22/99] *** Richard on "Action" *** -- Thursday, October 28th at 9:30pm ET/PT. FOX will repeat Richard's second episode of "Action," entitled "Blowhard." Richard returns as Cole Riccardi, Hollywood action-movie leading man.

ACT104 -- the pout"Blowhard" finds Hollywood producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr) getting on with the work of producing his latest film, "Beverly Hills Gun Club." Peter signs Cole Riccardi (Richard Burgi) to play the lead role and soon learns his leading man has a secret he no longer wants to hide -- Cole is gay and wants to come out of the closet. Peter, fearing the news will sink his new film before it even begins, convinces Cole to remain closeted by claiming to know how hard it is to lead a double life -- because he himself is gay. Cole, in an apparently vulnerable moment, believes him. The situation immediately spirals out of control and Peter finds himself sharing a romantic interlude with Cole when the actor assumes his boss is available and interested -- and Peter, unwilling to reveal himself a liar, plays along. (Thanks to Kat and Barbara for the 'snappy').

Peter soon learns that his efforts have been for naught; the bigwigs funding his movie don't want Cole playing the lead -- they want to "go younger." When told Cole's pay or play contract will come out of his share of the film, Peter schemes to get the actor to back out of the movie, convincing him to do what is best for Cole Riccardi by coming out after all. Cole does so -- on E! News Daily, no less -- and 'outs' Peter along with himself, attributing his decision to to the advice of his unsuspecting "lover," Peter Dragon.

ACT101 - Cole and PeterFOX's critically acclaimed Hollywood satire, "Action," (Thursdays at 9:30pm ET/PT) first introduced Cole Riccardi in the series pilot. Riccardi is a popular action-movie leading man and is the star of Peter Dragon's latest production, "Slow Torture." Our introduction to Cole takes place at the premiere party for "Slow Torture," where he quickly falls in with Peter and the inner circle of Dragonfire Films after a session of schmoozing the press. Cole, it turns out, has history of sorts with Wendy Ward (Illeana Douglas), the child star turned hooker who is Peter's date for the evening; he guested on her television show back when she was 10 and he was 18 or 19.

Unfortunately, "Slow Torture" -- much to the chagrin of producer Peter Dragon -- is a spectacular flop, and Dragon finds himself scrambling for a new movie with which to redeem his reputation. Luckily, he has one story treatment with some promise -- Beverly Hills Gun Club.

(Now that Action has officially premiered, let FOX know how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on their new show and that you'd like to see more of him! E-mail FOX at or visit the FOX website at )

[10/22/99] *** The Sentinel now part of SciFi's "Four-Play" Fall schedule *** -- Tuesdays from 7-11pm ET (4-8pm PT). Rather than "stripping" the show across a whole week, SciFi will air four episodes every Tuesday evening as their Primetime lineup (with the first two of those episodes repeating starting at 1am ET).

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The current Sentinel schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, November 2

  • 7pm ET -- Spare Parts (repeats at 1am)
  • 8pm ET -- Second Chance (repeats at 2am)
  • 9pm ET -- Black or White
  • 10pm ET -- Blind Man's Bluff
Tuesday, November 9
  • 7pm ET -- Hear no Evil (repeats at 1am)
  • 8pm ET -- Secret (repeats at 2am)
  • 9pm ET -- Light my Fire
  • 10pm ET -- Dead Drop
Tuesday, November 16
  • 7pm ET -- Red Dust (repeats at 1am)
  • 8pm ET -- Smart Alec (repeats at 2am)
  • 9pm ET -- Private Eyes
  • 10pm ET -- Vanishing Act
Tuesday, November 23
  • 7pm ET -- Pennies from Heaven (repeats at 1am)
  • 8pm ET -- Survival (repeats at 2am)
  • 9pm ET -- His Brother's Keeper
  • 10pm ET -- Sleeping Beauty
Tuesday, November 30
  • 7pm ET -- Warriors (repeats at 1am)
  • 8pm ET -- Three Point Shot (repeats at 2am)
  • 9pm ET -- The Girl Next Door
  • 10pm ET -- Poachers
Additional information regarding The Sentinel broadcast schedule on SciFi can be found on the SciFi Website's Schedulebot pages.

Though no official announcement or decision has yet been made, the possibility exists of SciFi purchasing additional new episodes or a TV movie of The Sentinel. Such new episodes (or movie), if ordered, would most likely not debut until Fall 2000 at the earliest. (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).

As UPN has officially dropped The Sentinel from its lineup, any possibility of additional new episodes will have to come through first-run syndication.

(Thanks to Kaz for the scheduling information)

[10/05/99]The SciFi Channel has added an excellent Sentinel page to its website. The page, which can be found at, contains cast and character bios, a selection of downloadable JPEG images of the cast, a first season episode guide, a bulletin-board devoted to The Sentinel, and a downloadable Sentinel screen-saver in both MAC and Windows formats.

SciFi's broadcast schedule for The Sentinel can also be found on the website; go to the Schedulebot pages for detailed information on October and November's episodes.

(Remember to e-mail SciFi at or with comments on Richard Burgi, The Sentinel, and their very nice Sentinel web page).

[10/05/99]The SciFi Channel hosted a chat with Sentinel stars Richard Burgi and Garett Maggart on Monday, October 4th at 9pm ET.

Due to the unanticipated turnout, the Scifi IRC server crashed approximately 45 minutes into the session when the sheer number of participants overloaded the software. Though the chat with Richard and Garett was unable to continue, the Moderator was able to save a number of questions still in the queue and hoped to ask them of the actors for inclusion in the official SciFi Channel chat transcript.

[10/27/99] Apparently including the queued questions wasn't possible, as the transcript now available at SciFi's website ends where the server crashed. For further information on chat transcripts, go to the SciFi Channel's website at .Additional information is also available at the Support Our Sentinel website,

(Thanks to SOS for helping to arrange the chats!)
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