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Monthly listing of Richard's TV appearances

RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction runs November 5 - 19

THIS is the place to look for the latest news on Richard's current projects -- television, film or personal appearances as well as interviews and articles -- and RBFC-related updates.

Last Updated: 29 October 2005



RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction Catalog now available for viewing; auction opens November 5th

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

"Desperate Housewives" companion book now available, and Richard's featured in it!

Richard's episodes -- that we know of.

"Desperate Housewives" Complete First Season DVD set now available

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

Richard featured in "Insider" article  in TV Guide's Oct 24th issue

US Weekly's Oct 24th issue features "Desperate Housewives," mentions Richard's storyline

Richard joins Fall 2005 "Housewives" cast for foreign press junket on Wisteria Lane

People Magazine issues "Desperate Housewives" Extra special edition

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

Swiss magazine Teletop features "Summer Vacation" interview with Richard

Richard joins cast headliners at "In Her Shoes" Los Angeles premiere; with streaming video interview

OK! Magazine covers the "In Her Shoes" Los Angeles premiere in Oct 17th issue

"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

"Eyes" airs in New Zealand; Richard's episode identified -- "Art," episode 1.11

"Point Pleasant" Complete Series DVD Set now available for purchase!

"The Flash" Complete Series DVD Set now available for pre-order with January '06 release date

"Darklight" airs on the Sci Fi Channel in late October; Richard plays William Shaw

"Torn Apart" airs on the Lifetime Movie Channel in late October; Richard plays Dr. Billy Westin

"Wheelmen" airs on Cinemax Asia in late October; Richard plays Nick Torino

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

"Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" airs Oct 31st on the Starz Channel; Richard plays Capt. Dax

Canada's SPACE: The Imagination Station adds "The Sentinel" to its Fall 2005 schedule; show now airing

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"

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

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction opens Nov 5th [29 Oct 05] *** RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction Catalog page now available *** -- The RBFC Fall 2005 Charity Auction benefitting the Pacific Marine Mammal Center will run from November 5th - 19th.

As in previous years, this is an online auction; instructions and information on the auction goodies can be found on the Fall 2005 Auction page.

Remember, all proceeds go the Pacific Marine Mammal Center!
http://www.pacificmmc.org/


Richard now a Series Regular on Desperate Housewives [29 Oct 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."

Thus far Richard has appeared in the second and third episodes of the Fall 2005 season ("You Could Drive a Person Crazy" and "You'll Never Get Away From Me,") and is slated to appear next in the seventh episode, "Have It Your Way."

Karl is coming across as a more sympathetic character this season, and he and Edie are looking more and more like the most "normal" and straightforward residents of Wisteria Lane -- though considering the neighbors they're being compared to...

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 Becky for the screengrabs, and to ABC.com) 


Richard featured in Behind Closed Doors book [29 Oct 05] *** Richard Burgi's Karl Mayer featured in new Desperate Housewives book *** -- "Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors" is the new softback "coffee table book" companion to the First Season DVD set.

In addition to delving into the lives of the Housewives, "Behind Closed Doors" also looks at their families and Significant Others, current and previous. Richard's Karl Mayer get  half of Page 85 in a layout which includes some of the photos seen in the Mayer family scrapbook (these ones with his head still attached).

The layout also includes commentary by Marc Cherry on Richard's casting as Karl:

"Karl was a little hard to cast, because we wanted a guy that was nice looking and seemed like he would have been married to Teri, but also someone you wouldn't like. When Richard Burgi came in we thought he was just terrific. Another actor played Karl in the pilot but the conception of the part changed a little bit, and we just felt at the end of the day, we needed something a little different."

The book is available at traditional retail stores and through online retailers like Amazon.com.

(Thanks to Maureen for the heads up, to Helen for availability info, and to Ruth for the page scan).



[29 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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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Richard featured in Oct 24th TV Guide [29 Oct 05] *** TV Guide features Richard in October 24th issue's "Insider" feature *** -- The October 24th issue of TV Guide features Richard in their Insider interview, conducted by Ileane Rudolph. The article starts with Desperate Housewives and walks back through Richard's career, touching on "In Her Shoes," Judging Amy, 24, Action, The Sentinel, and Another World. Richard gives interesting and insightful commentary on several key characters.

"I look at Karl as someone who's really trying to live in a place of forgiveness -- like the Dalai Lama," Richard says of his Desperate Housewives character. "There's a tender side to him. He really likes Edie, but he got to tell his ex-wife that he 'never loved another woman the way I loved you.' You get a sense of his humanity -- even through he's a profligate screwup."  His Action character, Cole Riccardi, "...was all smoke and mirrors -- very insecure. He was hilarious, one of my favorite characters."

Says Richard of The Sentinel, "I loved the concept -- and the duration of it. I tried to inhabit a guy who had a blessing and a curse. He had a wry sense of humor. He was a cynic, sarcastic, heroic, terrified, conflicted. [Laughs] A lot like me."

(Thanks to Nat for the heads up and the article scan)


Richard mentioned in US Weekly DH article [29 Oct 05] *** US Weekly features Desperate Housewives in the October 24th issue *** -- The October 24th issue of US Weekly features a double page spread article (pages 60-61) on Desperate Housewives, and one of the "hot topics" discussed is Karl and Edie.

"Will Karl and Edie Stay Together?" asks the headline, and the theme is discussed in some detail.

There's more domestic drama ahead for Susan, as Edie (Nicollette Sheridan, 41) grows closer to Susan's ex-husband, Karl (new series regular Richard Burgi, 47, inset). "Expect great Edie-Susan catfights," a producer has said. And as Susan's daughter, Julie (Andrea Bowen, 15), spends more time at the Britt abode (inside scoop: Edie's 6-year-old son finally appears in an upcoming episode!), Susan "will have to breathe a little deeper to access those layers of patience, understanding and forgiveness," Burgi has said.

The caption emblazoned across Nicollette's camisole raises another intriguing question -- "Will Sheridan and Burgi walk down the aisle?"  (Karl's comment in "You'll Never Get Away from Me" that Edie could be family one day certainly throws fuel on that particular smoldering fire).

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, and to desperatefans.org for the article scans)


Richard appeared at the Fall 2005  Desperate Housewives foreign press conference [29 Oct 05] *** Desperate Housewives holds an open house and press conference for foreign-market press*** -- The Fall 2005 cast of Desperate Housewives gathered at Universal Studios in early September to host a press conference and open house for reporters from the show's international markets. Reporters met with the cast in small rotating groups for round-robin interviews and were also treated to a tour of Wisteria Lane itself.

Ruben V. Nepales of the Inquirer News Service and www.inq7.net website described his day with the denizens of Wisteria Lane in a piece entitled "A whole day with the famous 'desperadas' of Wisteria Lane."  While Nepales' focus was understandably on the aforementioned desperadas, he did chat with Richard:

"Richard Burgi (Karl Mayer), dapper in a summer suit complete with a white hankie on his breast pocket, was surprised to hear that we had already seen his forthcoming movie, 'In Her Shoes.'"

At the completion of the interview sessions, the journalists were treated to a tram-ride out to the Wisteria Lane exterior sets and a tour of the houses themselves, some of which are more furnished and trimmed out than others.

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, and to desperatefans.org for the article scans)


Richard featured in People Extra special edition on Desperate Housewives [29 Oct 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 was slated to be on newsstands through October 24th; buy now, or forever hold your peace.

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)


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)


Richard Burgi attends the Hollywood premiere of In Her Shoes [29 Oct 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" premiered nation-wide on October 7th and will soon be premiering in international markets.

About.com has a streaming video interview snippet available at their site which includes a short "soundbite" from Richard.

"They're extremely powerful women," he says of the film's leading ladies, "really fun, committed to their craft, a lot of fun to work with, and quite easy on the eyes."

The interview video can be found at:
http://movies.about.com/library/weekly/blinhershoesch100105.htm

(Thanks to Debbie for the premiere info and the URL for the video)


OK! Magazine features In Her Shoes premiere [29 Oct 05] *** OK! Magazine features "In Her Shoes" L.A. premiere in October 17th issue *** -- The Hollywood premiere and attendant red carpet affair for "In Her Shoes" took place on Wednesday, September 28th, and OK! Magazine was there to chronicle the event.  The article body text reads as follows: 

If Cinderella's prince came calling to these two sisters, he would have found two that fit the slipper -- but the similarities stop there. Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette play siblings in the comedy In Her Shoes. At the L.A. premiere, the red carpet buzzed that this is Cameron's best performance to date. Cameron and Toni looked like the best of friends, both wearing Jimmy Choos! Toni told OK! "It was my dream job, pretty much the best job I've ever had."

(Thanks to Debbie and Kat for the article scans )


In Her Shoes opens worldwide starting in october [29 Oct 05] *** "In Her Shoes" now starting fourth week in Domestic theaters ***  -- The October 7th premiere of "In Her Shoes" is now three weeks behind us, and the slate of International premieres will soon start rolling. 

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 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 variety 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 the week leading up to the movie's premiere, Diaz appeared on a broad spectrum of shows to promote the film, visiting with Katie Couric on NBC's Today Show and with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Diaz presented the same new clip on both shows, one focusing on Jim's early-morning encounter with Maggie at the bathroom door.  Jim's state of undress -- he appears in his boxers -- led Jon Stewart to jokingly accuse the film of trotting out "gratuitous man meat!"

"In Her Shoes" stars Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine. 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 Oct 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" went back to work in September reshooting 40 - 60 pages of rewritten and new scenes. All told, the reshoots were 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 was 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 original trailer as the Harper's next door neighbor, Joe, and in a shorter version of the "red shirt" scene in the newer, office-based trailer.

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 Oct 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) 


Richard appears in Eyes episode Art as FBI agent Matthew Hale [29 Oct 05] *** Richard's episode of short-lived ABC series Eyes airs "down under" *** -- Richard's character in the smart and snappy ABC series Eyes was intended as a recurring role. Unfortunately, ABC unceremoniously yanked the show off the schedule with roughly half of its episodes unaired, and Richard's was one of these lost episodes. 

Fortunately, the show found its way to New Zealand, where Richard's episode premiered in syndication on October 3rd. "Art," the 11th episode of the series, introduced Richard as FBI Special Agent Matthew Hale.

Richard's Hale and Tim Daly's Harlan Judd butt heads from the get-go as they attempt to recover three stolen Van Gogh paintings. Their differing approaches clash, leading to the destruction of one of the paintings. Judd's wiles and finesse save the day, winning out over Hale's more blunt-force approach, and the remaining two Van Goghs are recovered safely.

(Thanks to Debbie for the heads up, and to desperatefans.org for the article scans)


Point Pleasant DVD set now available! [29 Oct 05] *** 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment releases thePoint Pleasant Compete Series DVD set on 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 '05.

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. 

Earlier in the year 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced an official release date of October 25th, 2005 for the 3-disc set,  which was soon available for pre-order at various online retailers such as Amazon.com. The DVD set initially listed 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)


The Flash DVD set comes out in January [29 Oct 05] *** The Flash joining the ranks of DVD boxed sets on the retail market *** -- As announced earlier by the TVShowsonDVD website,  a complete series DVD set of The Flash will hit the shelves in January 2006. (The complete series boxed set is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com).

The Flash is, in some ways, an older sibling to The Sentinel -- both are Pet Fly Productions brought to the screen by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, and both featured several of the same actors and creative forces -- Richard Burgi and Jeri Ryan being two familiar faces seen in both shows.

In fact, Richard and Jeri appeared in the same episode, "Deadly Nightshade" -- Richard as the unbalanced copycat vigilante, Curtis Bohannan, and Jeri as the kidnapped socialite.

For further details, go to the TVShowsonDVD website:
http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/

Pre-ordering information can be found at http://www.amazon.com

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


Darklight airs on SciFi Channel in October [29 Oct 05] *** Catch Richard when Sci Fi airs  "Darklight" on Saturday, October 29th at 3:00pm ET and Sunday, October 30th at 4:00am ET *** -- Richard headed off to Sofia, Bulgaria in late July '03 to join the cast of UFO Films' Darklight, a Sci Fi Channel Original Production for the 2004-05 broadcast season. Richard played William Shaw and was joined by Shiri Appleby ("Roswell's" Liz) as Lilith. "Star Trek's" John de Lancie and "Stargate: Atlantis"' David Hewlett also star in Darklight. Principal photography began on July 28th and wrapped  the week of August 18th. 

The Sci Fi Channel's listing for Darklight gave this description:

"A secret society fights evil with evil in this atmospheric original thriller.

Shiri Appleby (TV's Roswell), Richard Burgi (The Sentinel, SCI FI Pictures' Decoys), John de Lancie (Q from the Star Trek franchise) and David Hewlett (Stargate Atlantis, SCi FI Pictures' Boa vs. Python, the indie hit Cube) star in this tale of an ancient demoness named Lilith, who has been captured by a secret society known as The Faith.

Her true nature concealed by a powerful spell, Lilith lives as a 24-year-old woman with no memory of her ageless past -- until William Shaw (Burgi) of The Faith recruits her to help him stop the Demonicos, a rampaging monster that is spreading a lethal plague across the Earth and whose only vulnerability is to Lilith's unique mystical power, known as Darklight.

As the duo race to slay the creature, they unwittingly expose a treacherous conspiracy within The Faith itself. Lilith has the power to set things right -- but now she has been reawakened to her true nature, will she resume her own evil ways? Trusting her is a life-or-death gamble for humanity, but it's one that William Shaw has no choice but to take."


Richard appears on Lifetime in Torn Apart [29 Oct 05] *** "Torn Apart" airs October 30th on the Lifetime Movie Network -- Richard plays Dr. Billy Westin *** -- The Lifetime Movie Network, an affiliate of the Lifetime Channel, will air last year's "Torn Apart" on Sunday, October 30 at 1:17am ET and again at at 8:19am ET.  Richard plays Dr. Billy Westin, the husband of Dr. Vicki Westin (Tia Carrere).

Billy and their daughter are kidnapped by Jerry Bender (Dale Midkiff), who holds Vicki and several other doctors at her hospital's HMO responsible for the death od his son and the living death endured by his comatose wife. Bender gives Vicki a cruel choice -- pick one of her loved ones to live, and one to die, or both will be killed. 

Unable to involve the police, Vicki begins a cat and mouse game with Bender as she scrambles to determine who he is, and more importantly, where he's holding her family hostage... and the clock's ticking.

For further details, go to the Lifetime Movie Network website at:
http://www.lifetimetv.com/lmn/index.html

(Thanks to Becky for the screengrabs, and to TV-now for the schedule info)


Wheelmen airs on Cinemax Asia in October [29 Oct 05] *** "Wheelmen" airs in late October on the Cinemax Asia Channel in Pacific Rim countries *** -- Cinemax Asia  will air "Wheelmen" one more time during October in markets across the Pacific Rim region. The film is airing in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines, to name a few.

Richard plays Nick Torino, a former hotshot ambulance driver now running Venture Limousine, a floundering Los Angeles limousine company. With an absentee boss and a crew of eccentric chauffeurs, Nick has his hands full, and a pair of seemingly unconnected jobs complicates his life in ways only imagined in nightmares. Nick and ne'er-do-well Andy wind up squiring a flaky and paranoid ex-Secret Service agent around and soon become embroiled in his attempt to prevent a bizarre kidnapping of the U.S. Vice President. The fact that Venture Limousine has been awarded the contract to chauffeur the V.P. and his party around Los Angeles further complicates the imbroglio.

As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work the morning of the Vice Presidential three-ring circus and discovers a little boy from his past named Arthur 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, a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealously as he too has a crush on her. 

Visit the official Wheelmen website to learn more: http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com/

Cinemax Asia remaining October schedule for "Wheelmen"
Saturday, 29 October at 12:00pm 

For further details, go to the Cinemax Asia website at:
http://www.cinemaxasia.com/

(Thanks to Gerri for the Cinemax Asia heads up)


Cellular airs on Starz in October [29 Oct 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"
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 Starz in October [29 Oct 05] *** "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" airs on October 31st on the Starz Channel *** -- The Starz Channel, part of the Starz Entertainment Group, will air "Starship Troopers 2"  once more in late October -- Monday, October 31st at 11:00pm ET.

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 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 Oct 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 Oct 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.

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," the shows' 13th episode. Written by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear, and filmed in mid-December 2002, "The Message" was one of the last of 14 episodes (15 with the pilot split in half) 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 Oct 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 Oct 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

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.

TNT began a new broadcast cycle on September 26th with Season 1; Richard comes aboard as Michael Cassidy in Season 3, with his first episode, "The Justice League of America," airing on Tuesday, November 8th at 1:00pm ET. "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" airs three days later on Friday, November 11th at 12:00noon ET.

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)


[29 Oct 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/
The Flash complete series DVD available for pre-order

The Flash - The Complete Series (1990) DVD Set -- $41.99 (30% discount)
Release date: January 10, 2006. Now available for pre-order.
ASIN: B000BPL2EM

Richard appears in "Deadly Nightshade," playing handsome, wealthy, and mentally unbalanced Curtis Bohannan. Tormented by the deeds of his deceased father, Bohannan takes up the persona of a hero of yesteryear, a vigilante known as the Deadly Nightshade. Unfortunately, Bohannan is considerably more reckless and violent than the original, and soon crosses swords with The Scarlet Speedster himself.

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 purchase.
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.

Desperate Housewives Season 1 DVD set and companion book available

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

2) Desperate Housewives: Behind Closed Doors (Paperback; first season companion book) -- $12.21 (32% discount) 
Release date: September 28, 2005. Now available for purchase.
ISBN: 1401308260

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 -- $44.99 (25% 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 mentioned in book on 24's Season One

24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $11.53 (32% discount)
ISBN: 0060535504 

This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story. Richard's character, the murderous mercenary Kevin Carroll, is shown to be an ex-Fed with an unsavory past.

 

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 -- $13.46  (10% 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 also available on DVD. 
 

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 $13.46 (10% 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

1) Firefly - The Complete Series (2002) DVD -- $29.98 (40% discount)
ASIN: B0000AQ50F

2) Firefly (Original Television Soundtrack) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $13.49 (25% discount)
ASIN: B000BL14PQ

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 -- $13.45 (10% 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 Oct 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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