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Last Updated: 6 December 2001


Catch Richard in hit new FOX series "Twenty Four," airing Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT

**UPDATE** Richard's work on indie feature film "Wheelmen" nearly finished

**NEW PROJECT** -- Richard to join Lisa Kudrow on stage in "Johnny On The Spot"

Burgi Bonanza for German viewers!

Write to Richard through the RBFC

"The Sentinel" still on US Sci-Fi Channel hiatus

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RB as Alan York[12/06/01]  *** FOX's critically-acclaimed "Twenty Four" now airing Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT ***   Catch Richard in the hot new Fall 2001 FOX drama as Alan York, divorced father of a wayward -- and missing -- teenage daughter. Look for Richard in six, if not seven, episodes of "Twenty Four," as he has been working on a six-episode story arc most likely dealing with the missing daughters.  At present, we do not know if Alan York will be back in later episodes or not; including the pilot, Richard will be in six or seven of the first thirteen episodes ordered by FOX.

**NOTE** -- FOX is currently airing each episode of "Twenty Four" twice a week, with the encores airing either Friday or Saturday evenings at 9pm ET/PT. Check your local listings for exact times and dates!

ALSO NOTE: The FOX subsidiary FX Network is also encoring "Twenty Four," on Sunday and Monday nights.

Richard's episodes so far...

  • "Midnight - 1:00 AM"  -- episode 1.01 -- aired November 6th 2001 at 9pm ET/PT (encore Fri, 11/ 9)
  • "1:00 AM - 2:00 AM" -- episode 1.02 -- aired November 13th 2001 at 9pm ET/PT (encore Fri, 11/16 @ 9pm)
  • "2:00 AM - 3:00 AM" -- episode 1.03 -- aired November 20th 2001 at 9pm ET/PT (encore Sat, 11/24 @ 9pm)
  • "3:00 AM - 4:00 AM" -- episode 1.04 -- aired November 27th 2001 at 9pm ET/PT
Richard's upcoming episodes...
  • "4:00 AM - 5:00 AM" -- episode 1.05 -- airs December 11th 2001 at 9pm ET/PT (encore Fri, 12/14 @ 9pm)
  • "5:00 AM - 6:00 AM" -- episode 1.06 -- airs December 18th 2001 at 9pm ET/PT


Series lead Kiefer Sutherland plays the part of CIA Counter Intelligence Unit agent Jack Bauer, who has 24 hours to stop an assassination attempt on Presidential nominee David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert), while Richard's Alan York -- aided by Bauer's wife Teri (Leslie Hope) -- searches for their two missing daughters, Janet and Kim (Elisha Cuthbert).  (The girls, best friends, have been abducted). The series will build to its climactic finale in episode 24 -- "zero hour," so to speak.

FOX has now ordered the full season's worth of episodes of "Twenty Four," which adds eleven more episodes to the thirteen originally ordered and filmed.

Interested in seeing more of Richard Burgi on "Twenty Four"?  Tell FOX.  Planning to watch the show because you've seen Richard in the promos?  Tell FOX.  Watching "Twenty Four" because one of your favorite actors, Richard Burgi, has a role in the series?  By all means, tell FOX!

To visit the FOX website and learn more about the Fall 2001 season, go to www.fox.com; for more detailed information on "Twenty Four," visit FOX's page at www.fox.com/24/

To send FOX an e-mail concerning Richard's role on "Twenty Four," write to askfox@foxinc.com

To send FOX a traditional "paper mail" letter, write to the following address:

FOX Broadcasting Co.
P.O. Box 900
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900
U.S.A.

To write to Richard or other members of the "Twenty Four" cast, or to ask for autographs, write to them directly through the "Twenty Four" production office at FOX, using the address below:

[actor name]
"24"
P.O. Box 900
Attn: The Series: "24"
Beverly Hills, CA 90213-0900
U.S.A.

(Thanks to Becky for the "24" images)



[12/06/01] *** "Wheelmen" update *** --  Richard's work on the indie feature film will most likely be wrapped up in time for the holidays. No word, yet, on the film's release date.

To learn more about "Wheelmen" from the viewpoint of Richard's stand-in, Eric Prescott, visit the suite101 website to read "Standing In," an online article by Prescott dated October 17th.

The article URL is: http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/10148/82721

(Thanks to MJ for the article URL)

[11/15/01] *** Richard's feature film, "Wheelmen," is now in production ***  -- Richard  recently started work on the indie feature film "Wheelmen."  Lexi Alexander, one of the film's producers, very kindly shared some of the production basics with us. Richard is playing Nick Torino --  a "former hotshot ambulance driver who teams up with a group of eclectic L.A. limo drivers to prevent a kidnapping attempt of the Vice President."

According to Alexander, "Richard's love interest will be played by Erin Daniels, who just finished starring in Robin Williams' new movie 'One Hour Photo.' The movie also stars William Gregory Lee (Dark Angel), Rainn Wilson (Almost Famous, America's Sweethearts, Galaxy Quest), Jason Kravits (The Practice), and many more recognizable names."

Also joining the cast of "Wheelmen" are James Avery (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Elya Baskin (13 Days, Air Force One), Michael Fairman (13 Days, Forces of Nature), Desmond Askew (Go), Dwight Ensell (Chasing Amy), and Eileen Grubba (Rats), with a possible cameo by Dougie Brimson.
 
RB's Wheelmen castmates
  • Desmond Askew
  • James Avery
  • Elya Baskin
  • Erin Daniels
  • Michael Fairman
  • Eileen Grubba
  • Jason Kravits
  • William Gregory Lee

The director, Dirk Hagen, and the producers are said to be "very excited to have Richard on board" the production.

We will, of course, update this information as soon as we learn further details.

(Thanks to Lexi Alexander for the "Wheelmen" information!)



RB and Jay Mohr in Pilot[12/06/01]*** German and Canadian viewers, catch Richard in FOX's controversial and short-lived "Action" ***

Starting November 19th, Germany's Premiere World will be airing the controversial FOX sitcom "Action" on its Comedy Channel.

Canadian viewers can catch up with Richard's walk on the sitcom wild side when "Action" launches on Canadian Bravo starting Saturday, December 8th. Two episodes will be shown back to back with the first starting at 11:45pm ET and the second starting at 12:15pm ET. For exact dates and times, check the Canadian Bravo website at http://www.bravo.ca/

Richard appears in two episodes -- "Pilot" (the first episode) and "Blowhard" (the fourth) -- as action-movie hero Cole Riccardi.

When introduced in the pilot episode, Cole Riccardi( Richard Burgi) is attending the premiere party for his latest movie, "Slow Torture," made by producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr). Riccardi schmoozes with the press and stops for a photo op with Dragon before settling in at the head table and chatting up Dragon's unintended guest for the evening, child actress turned call girl, Wendy (Illeana Douglas). Cole, it turns out, once guest-starred on Wendy's television show.

Sadly, "Slow Torture" is a flop, leaving Dragon in hot water with his financial backers and in search of a make-or-break movie. With Wendy's help, Dragon finds the one script with real potential -- "Beverly Hills Gun Club."

RB abd Jay Mohr in BlowhardCole returns in "Blowhard," the fourth episode of "Action." Dragon has decided to hire Riccardi to play the hero in his new movie, "Beverly Hills Gun Club." No sooner has Dragon signed a contract with Riccardi than Cole appears on his doorstep late one night with a surprise announcement -- he's gay, and wants to come out of the closet. Peter sees his new movie -- and career -- going down the tubes, so he schemes to keep Cole safely in the closet by claiming to be a closeted gay man himself. Cole gets the wrong impression and makes romantic advances which Peter, trapped by his lies, cannot get out of.

Dragon is in for another shock when his new financial backers announce they do not want Riccardi in the movie. With Riccardi signed to a pay or play contract, Dragon has to somehow get his star to back out of the project. Dragon pays a visit to Cole's apartment and convinces him to come out, turn his back on Hollywood, and seek fame and fortune on the stage in New York. Riccardi agrees, and comes out on national television -- E! News Daily, no less -- and decides to out his "lover," Peter Dragon, in the process.

(Thanks to Steffi for the schedule info)



[10/29/01] *** Richard to join "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow on the stage *** -- Richard will appear with Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe on NBC's long-running hit sitcom "Friends") in the play "Johnny On The Spot."  At present, we have no details on his character or the theme of the play. More information as we receive it!


RB as Captain Hunter

[10/29/01]**Latest "District" News** -- "The District's" Fall 2001 season is now airing on CBS.

As of this date -- October 29th -- the producers of "The District" have not written Richard's Captain Vincent Hunter into any of the Fall 2001 season's episodes.  This may change as the season progresses and later scripts are written and cast.



Page and Hunter on the job[08/31/01]*** "The District" is now airing on German TV  -- Wednesdays at 21:10pm on VOX ***  -- "The District" will remain in that timeslot throughout its run.  Thus far, VOX has bought 23 episodes (the first season) which will be dubbed into German and titled "The District - Einsatz in Washington."

Though VOX is private TV, it should be available "free and clear" throughout Europe, even though dubbed into German.  Those with satellite systems can tune in using the following coordinates:

ASTRA reception area Transponder 89 (27500,3/4) ASTRA-1H
Free General Entertainment German 12.1875 GHz / H 19.2 degrees E

ASTRA reception area Transponder 05 (,) ASTRA-1F
Free General Entertainment German 11.27325 GHz / H 19.2 degrees E

(Thanks to Steffi for the scheduling information)



This would be a great time to send CBS some feedback on "The District" and Captain Hunter -- let them know you enjoyed seeing Richard on their show last season and want to see more of him in the Fall 2001 season.  Simply visit the CBS website's "District" page and use the feedback link, or send a "paper mail" message to "The District" through their direct mailing address listed below:

The District
Studios USA/CBS Productions
12636 Beatrice Street
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Richard's episodes to date (Note: the pilot is designated as episode '1.00')

Season One -- 2000-2001

  • "Worst Block" -- episode 1.03 -- Saturday, October 21, 10pm ET/PT (rerun December 30th 2000)
  • "Surveillance" -- episode 1.04 -- Saturday, October 28, 10pm ET/PT (rerun  January 13th 2001)
  • "How They Lived" -- episode 1.06 -- Saturday, November 11, 10pm ET/PT (rerun March 17th 2001)
  • "The Santa Wars" -- episode 1.10 -- Saturday, December 16, 10pm ET/PT (rerun July 7th 2001)
  • "The D.C. Strangler" -- episode 1.11 -- Saturday, January 6,  10pm ET/PT (rerun June 2nd 2001)
  • "The Agony and the Ecstasy" -- episode 1.19 -- Saturday, April 21, 10pm ET/PT (rerun July 28th 2001)
  • "Running Towards Fire" -- episode 1.20 -- Saturday, April 28, 10pm ET/PT (rerun August 11th 2001)
"The District," which premiered 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 plays the recurring role of Captain Vincent Hunter, head of the Internal Affairs division.

To learn more about "The District," visit the CBS Website "District" page.

(More information as we receive it.  Thanks to Becky for the screen-grabs)



[01/30/01]*** 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.



[10/27/01]*** "The Sentinel" still on SciFi Channel broadcast hiatus *** -- When "The Sentinel" disappeared from Sci-Fi's broadcasts and schedule listings in mid-July, SOS (Support Our Sentinel) contacted the Sci-Fi Channel and learned the following:

SOS Advisory - The Sentinel on Sci-Fi (advisory issued July 23, 2001)

In two separate conversations with the Sci-Fi Channel on July 18, SOS has learned of the following.

Chris Regina, Director of Programming, and Bonnie Hammer's office confirm that The Sentinel has been removed from the Sci-Fi schedule, most likely for the remainder of 2001. Both sources state that this is for "budgetary reasons." This was further explained by Regina as Sci-Fi having exhausted their budget for showing The Sentinel for this year. They have a certain dollar amount to spend on the showings, and it must be spread out.

Both state that this action is for this year. Both say that The Sentinel will be back in January 2002. Regina further stated that while January is more likely, there is the possibility that it will be back as early as October.

Earlier this year, Chris Regina indicated to SOS that The Sentinel was a property that Sci-Fi would continue to use. At that time, he claimed that they had no current plans to remove The Sentinel from the Sci-Fi schedule permanently, at least through 2001

This statement, along with his most recent information, would seem to mean that we can expect to see The Sentinel's eventual return to Sci-Fi.

*****

In the meantime, SOS advises that Sentinel (and Burgi) fans send the folks at Sci-Fi periodic reminders that their Sentinel audience is still in place and eagerly anticipating the show's return to the Sci-Fi schedule.  This can easily be done via e-mail, or through the Sci-Fi website's "feedback" system -- or, if one feels especially energetic, by post-card or letter.

Sci-Fi Channel website:  http://www.scifi.com/

e-mail addresses:  program@www.scifi.com or feedback@www.scifi.com

"snail mail" address:
The Sci-Fi Channel
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10028

The SciFi Channel has an excellent Sentinel page at its scifi.com website. The page, which can be found at www.scifi.com/sentinel/, 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.

(Thanks to SOS for the advisory announcement. Visit SciFi's website for information on the network and its schedule or e-mail SciFi at programming@scifi.com or feedback@scifi.com with comments on Richard Burgi and The Sentinel).



[09/01/01]*** German viewers, catch "The Sentinel" on Premiere World's SciFi Channel *** --  Two episodes a day, Monday through Friday, starting  Thursday, August 23.  Airing at 14:00 (2pm) with a repeat the following morning at 03:00 (3am).

 

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