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Last Updated: 6 November 2000

SciFi Channel now airing Richard's episodes of "VIPER"

Recurring role for Richard on CBS's new Fall drama "The District" -- *** UPDATE ***

Richard on NBC's "Just Shoot Me" Thursday, October 26th (aired as scheduled)

Watch for Richard as "Veronica's Tattooed Man" on USA

Richard's "I Married A Monster" to air on SciFi Channel in November

Double treat for German viewers -- "Action" and "Providence"

Write to Richard through the RBFC

Learn more about Richard's Daytime TV roles

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Richard on new TV movie for ABC

"Wild Thornberrys" update -- look for Richard's episode this Fall

SciFi Channel announces new airtimes for "The Sentinel"

"I Married a Monster" released on video by Paramount

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RB as Laine Cassidy
[11/06/00] *** SciFi Channel airing Richard's episodes of "VIPER" *** -- The Sci Fi Channel recently added "The Sentinel's" Pet Fly Productions stablemate, "VIPER," to their weekly evening lineup.

Richard appears in four episodes of "VIPER's" first season, playing Laine Cassidy -- suave, sophisticated, and villainous head of Metro City's crime syndicate, "The Outfit."  He can be seen in the following episodes:

  • "Once a Thief" (ep 1.02) -- Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00pm ET/PT ** THIS WEEK **
  • "Ghosts" (ep 1.03) -- Tuesday, November 21 at 8:00pm ET/PT
  • "Firehawk" (ep 1.05) -- Tuesday, November 28 at 8:00pm ET/PT
  • "The Scoop" (ep 1.10) -- *estimated* -- Tuesday or Wednesday, December
(Thanks to MJ for the schedule information)

RB as Captain Hunter
[11/06/00] *** Richard appearing on CBS's "The District" -- Saturdays @ 10pm ET/PT. ***

***UPDATE*** -- Watch for Richard this coming weekend in the sixth episode of "The District," titled "How They Lived," Saturday, November 11th at 10:00pm Eastern.  Richard's character, Captain Hunter, is an Internal Affairs detective.

Estimated airdates for Richard's episodes (Note: the pilot is designated as episode '00')

  • "Worst Block" -- episode 03 -- Saturday, October 21, 10pm ET/PT (aired as scheduled)
  • "Surveillance" -- episode 04 -- Saturday, October 28, 10pm ET/PT (aired as scheduled)
  • "How They Lived" -- episode 06 -- Saturday, November 11, 10pm ET/PT (aired as scheduled)
"The District," new for Fall 2000 on CBS, is set in Washington, DC and focuses on DC's new Police Commissioner Jack Mannion, played by Craig T. Nelson ("Poltergeist," "Coach").  Mannion is, according to the CBS website, "brought in to overhaul an antiquated system ill-equipped to deal with the problems of a sprawling, crime-ridden city.  As much a friend to ordinary citizens as to high-ranking politicians, Mannion has quite a task ahead of him.  He immediately selects the most promising officers around him to become his circle of aids.  Mannion and this group of modern-day "Untouchables" set out to bring order to the District and to clamp down on the crime in America's capital."

Richard joins the cast in the recurring role of Captain Hunter, a detective working for Internal Affairs.

To learn more about "The District," visit the CBS Website at and follow the links to the Fall 2000 schedule information.

(More information as we receive it - BH)

[[10/18/00] *** Richard on NBC's "Just Shoot Me" -- Thursday, October 26th @ 9:30pm ET/PT ***  Richard recently taped an episode of the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me." Described by creator Steven Levitan as "'Die Hard' in a fashion magazine," the show follows the lives and antics of the people in the editorial offices of the fictional magazine "Blush."

Richard plays Robert Gallatin, Hollywood action hero and star of the popular TV show "The Nomad," and passing fancy for fashion editor Nina Van Horne (Wendie Malick).  Unfortunately, Robert has a close attachment to his mother, which complicates his amorous pursuit of Nina.  The episode has an 'A/B' story-line, which also focuses on Maya (Laura San Giacomo) trying to get to the bottom of Elliot's (Enrico Colantoni ) refusal to take part in the electoral process.

Richard's episode, the fourth filmed for Fall 2000, is titled "Mum's the Word,"  and aired the week before the election on Thursday, October 26th at 9:30pm ET/PT.

Remember, "Mum's the Word" will air again when "Just Shoot Me" enters its first rerun cycle, probably during the holiday season.

To learn more about "Just Shoot Me," visit the NBC website at, or go directly to the "Just Shoot Me" page.

Remember to e-mail NBC and "Just Shoot Me" to say thanks for Richard's role.

(Thanks to Carla and Kat for the JSM information!)

[10/18/00] *** Richard's episode of "Veronica's Closet" soon to air on USA Network -- Monday, November 20th @ 12 noon ET ***  The USA Network is now airing "Veronica's Closet" as part of its new "Laughternoon" mid-day lineup.

Richard guests in the episode "Veronica's Tattoed Man," playing Veronica's (Kirstie Alley) new beau Mark, who coincidentally also dated Veronica's coworker Olive (Kathy Najimy). Veronica is not at all pleased to discover that her new man has a large tattoo of Olive's face -- complete with her name -- on his chest. (Check your local listings for channel and time).

Remember to visit the USA Networks website and drop them a thankyou e-mail for airing Richard's episode. The USA website is at

(Thanks to Dianne Force for the Veronica's Closet screen image. Veronica's Closet is the property of NBC and Warner

RB as Nick Farrell[11/06/00] *** Catch Richard's "I Married A Monster" on the SciFi Channel *** -- Thursday, November 23 at 11:00pm ET/PT.  Richard plays insurance salesman Nick Farrell in the 1998 remake of the fifties cult classic, "I Married a Monster From Outer Space."

On the eve of his wedding to hometown sweetheart Kelly Drummond (Susan Walters), Nick Farrell runs afoul of a glowing ball of energy, which hides a ship-load of aliens desperate to repopulate their species.  To carry out their repopulation program, the aliens need the women of Blue Falls -- which means they first have to waylay the men.

Kelly is confused and upset by Nick's inexplicable behavior, at first attributing it to wedding jitters.  When other men begin acting strangely as well, Kelly realizes something sinister is going on and decides to get to the bottom of it.  Question is, can she do so, and find out what has happened to Nick and their friends, before the aliens complete their scheme?

(Thanks to Tina for the schedule information)

[11/06/00] *** "Action" and "Providence" to air in Germany *** -- German fans will soon be able to watch (and record) Richard's episodes of "Action" and "Providence" on German television.

Cole and Peter at party"Action" will premiere on the Comedy Channel, part of the Premiere World package, on December 22nd.  Richard's Cole Riccardi, Hollywood leading man and action movie star, appears in two of "Action's" thirteen episodes -- "Pilot" and "Blowhard."  In the pilot, aptly titled "Pilot," Cole (Richard) is introduced as a perennial star of producer Peter (Jay Mohr) Dragon's blockbuster action movies.

We are introduced to Cole at the premiere party for Dragon's latest film, "Slow Torture," which -- unfortunately -- proves to be slow torture for Dragon and his financial backers.  Finding himself suddenly on the brink of ruin, Dragon hustles to find a suitable script and movie on which to pin his hopes for renewed success -- "Beverly Hills Gun Club."

Cole and Peter have a heart-to-heartCole Riccardi reappears in the fourth episode, "Blowhard," when Dragon signs him to star in his latest movie, "Beverly Hills Gun Club."  The ink has hardly dried on the contract before Cole appears on Peter's doorstep late one night, needing to talk to him.  Cole reveals he's gay -- and Peter says "so what."  Then Cole goes on to announce he wants to come out of the closet -- and Peter nearly has a stroke.

Convinced the announcement that his leading man is gay will scuttle "Beverly Hills Gun Club," Peter opts for some fast and underhanded maneuvering, telling Cole that coming out is not in his best interest -- and convincing him by announcing that he, himself, is also gay.  Cole gets the wrong idea and Peter is trapped by his own connivance, resulting in an unexpected romantic interlude for the producer and his star.

RB as J.D. Scanlon"Providence" begins airing on RTL on November 5th.  Richard appears in "Providence" in the episode "The Apartment," playing Dr. J.D. Scanlon, Syd's (Melina Kanakaredes) new neighbor and love interest.

When Syd decides she needs to strike out on her own by moving into her own place, one of the first people she meets at her seemingly idyllic new home is Dr. J.D. Scanlon, a handsome and charismatic professor of Anthropology.  J.D. easily sweeps Syd off her feet and enchants her with tales of his many experiences doing field research in Africa.  Along the way, J.D. strives to convince Syd she needs a mentor -- him -- and that she needs to break away from her family.  Unfortunately, Syd's family has other ideas, derailing a romantic interlude planned by J.D.

J.D. gives Syd an ultimatum of sorts -- he won't date her as long as she is so tightly bound to her family.  When Syd realizes J.D., for all his talk of independence from family, is just as tightly bound to his new family -- the building's other tenants -- she calls him on it and moves back home.

(Thanks to Steffi for the updates)

[09/19/00] *** 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
c/o The RBFC
14 Middlebridge Court
Silver Spring, MD  20906-5812

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.

[10/18/00] *** "Mackie's Burgi Bits" now available on the RBFC Archive *** -- Thanks to the generosity -- not to mention hard work -- of Linda "Mackie" Maclaren, the history of Richard's Daytime TV career, as seen through the eyes of Soap Opera Digest, is now available on the RBFC Archive.  Links to the "Burgi Bits" pages can be found on both the 1985-89 and 1990-94 Archive pages.

Thanks to Mackie for the hard work, and to Wendy for the use of her Soap Opera Digest library)

[08/23/00] *** Get your RBFC Website banners here! *** -- Thanks to the talent and generosity of  RBFC member and graphic arts whiz Laura Trout, we have a wonderful assortment of RBFC banners to offer to RBFC members and fans of Richard Burgi in general.  The banners come in a variety of sizes and formats, including a selection of animated GIF banners.

Click on the image at left or follow the highlighted link to our RBFC Banners page, then help yourself!

[06/21/00] *** New role for Richard -- Paul Donovan on ABC TV movie "Bailey's Mistake" *** -- Richard is currently in Nova Scotia, Canada, filming "Bailey's Mistake," a two-hour TV movie for ABC.  Richard joins Linda Hamilton ("Terminator," "Terminator 2," "Beauty and the Beast,") Joan Plowright ("Dinosaur," "Avalon,") and Kyle Secor ("Homicide: Life on the Street") on the project.

Slated for the 2000-2001 season, "Bailey's Mistake" is "laced with romantic longing, wistful memories, quirky humor and fantasy."Richard plays Paul Donovan, husband of Linda Hamilton's Liz Donovan, and father of their two children.  Liz is widowed when Paul -- an adventurous soul -- explores a cave while out hiking; he is mysteriously killed, and Liz's heartbreak is compounded a week later when she discovers that Paul had secretly used their savings to buy land on a small Maine island.

Liz, still grieving for Paul and feeling betrayed by him, decides to visit the island and sell the property, taking their two children with her.  Bailey's Mistake, as the island is named, is not what she expects -- nor are the people they encounter, a group which includes an assortment of colorful folk claiming to be Paul's long-lost relatives.

As the death of Richard's character, Paul, sets the movie plot in motion, it is possible he will only be seen early on, and briefly, unless a number of flashback scenes are used to flesh out Paul's part in the unfolding events of "Bailey's Mistake."

To learn more about "Bailey's Mistake," visit the zap2it website at   The website will, presumably, also list information about the movie as the Fall season and airdate draw closer.

(More info as it becomes available)

[08/14/00] ** "Wild Thornberrys" update ** -- Look for Richard's episode of the popular Nickelodeon animated series this Fall.  Richard -- who took the part because "Wild Thornberrys" is one of his son's favorite shows -- voices a nefarious poacher who tangles with Eliza Thornberry and her eccentric family.

To learn more about "Wild Thornberrys," visit their page on Nickelodeon's website at

(Thanks to Carla for the update)

[10/18/00] *** The Sci-Fi Channel's Sentinel schedule *** --  With the fourth cycle of episodes comes not one, but two new time-slots per day.  Starting October 5th, The Sentinel can be seen at  9:00am ET and 2:00am ET Monday through Thursday, and at 9:00am ET on Friday.

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[11/06/00] The current Sentinel schedule is as follows:

November 6 - 10

  • Monday, 11/06, 9am -- Second Chance;  2am -- Second Chance
  • Tuesday, 11/07, 9am -- Black or White;  2am -- Black or White
  • Wednesday, 11/08, 9am -- Blind Man's Bluff;  2am -- Blind Man's Bluff
  • Thursday, 11/09, 9am -- Hear No Evil;  2am -- Hear No Evil
  • Friday, 11/10, 9am -- Light My Fire
November 13 - 17
  • Monday, 11/13, 9am -- Secret;  2am -- Secret
  • Tuesday, 11/14, 9am -- Dead Drop;  2am -- Dead Drop
  • Wednesday, 11/15, 9am -- Red Dust;  2am -- Red Dust
  • Thursday, 11/16, 9am -- Smart Alec;  2am -- Smart Alec
  • Friday, 11/17, 9am -- Private Eyes
November 20 - 24
  • Monday, 11/20, 9am -- Disappearing Act;  2am -- Disappearing Act
  • Tuesday, 11/21, 9am -- Pennies from Heaven;  2am -- Pennies from Heaven
  • Wednesday, 11/22, 9am -- Survival;  2am -- Survival
  • Thursday, 11/23 -- Pre-empted
  • Friday, 11/24 -- Pre-empted
November 27 - December 1
  • Monday, 11/27, 9am -- His Brother's Keeper;  2am -- His Brother's Keeper
  • Tuesday, 11/28, 9am -- Sleeping Beauty;  2am -- Sleeping Beauty
  • Wednesday, 11/29, 9am -- Warriors;  2am -- Warriors
  • Thursday, 11/30, 9am -- Three Point Shot;  2am -- Three Point Shot
  • Friday, 12/01 -- TBA

Additional information regarding The Sentinel broadcast schedule on SciFi can be found on the SciFi Website's Schedulebot pages.

(Visit SciFi's website for information on the network and its schedule or e-mail SciFi at or with comments on Richard Burgi and The Sentinel).

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

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

[09/17//00] *** "I Married a Monster" available on video *** -- Though apparently currently priced (at US$60) for the video rental market, Richard's 1998 outing as alien-possessed Nick Farrell should soon be available for the retail video market. For further information and a sneak peek at the tape box artwork, visit the "IMAM" page at Paramount's website --

Remember to check the sale racks at your local branch of Blockbuster Video or a similar video rental company -- apparently used rental copies of "IMAM" are now available for sale at a considerably lower price.

(Thanks to Debbie for the URL and information).

[02/28/00] *** The Sentinel returns to the air in Germany *** -- Starting on March 4th, The Sentinel will air on Germany's SciFi Channel, which is part of the Premiere World pay TV package. Episodes will air at 18:50 (6:50pm) Saturdays and Sundays with a repeat later each evening and again on Thursday and Friday.

(Thanks to Steffi for the scheduling information)

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