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Last Updated: 7 December 2000

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

Watch for Richard on NBC's "Just Shoot Me" during the first rerun cycle

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

SciFi Channel schedule for "The Sentinel"

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RB as Captain Hunter

[12/07/00] *** Richard Burgi appearing on CBS's "The District" -- Saturdays @ 10pm ET/PT. ***

***UPDATE*** -- "The District" has proven to be a breakout hit for CBS, leading to a full season order of episodes.  Richard has filmed three additional episodes of "The District," appearing as Captain Hunter of Internal Affairs. Look for Richard in episodes 09, 10 and 11 -- which will begin airing on December 16th with "The Santa Wars."

According to the episode synopsis on the TVGuide website, "The Santa Wars" focuses on the death threat implied by the bullet placed under Mannion's (Craig T. Nelson) windshield wiper.  As Captain of Internal Affairs, Hunter (Burgi) is likely to have considerable airtime in this episode.

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 Santa Wars" -- episode 09 -- Saturday, December 16, 10pm ET/PT
  • (to be announced) -- episode 10 -- Saturday, December 23, 10pm ET/PT (**presumed**)
  • (to be announced) -- episode 11 -- Saturday, December 30, 10pm ET/PT (**presumed**)
"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 "District" page.

(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!)

[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.

To learn more about "Providence," visit the "Providence" page of the NBC website.

(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!

[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)

[12/07/00] *** The Sci-Fi Channel's Sentinel schedule *** --  With the fourth cycle of episodes comes not one, but two new time-slots per day.  The Sentinel can be seen at  9:00am ET/PT and 2:00am ET/PT Monday through Thursday, and at 9:00am ET/PT on Friday.

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[12/07/00] The current Sentinel schedule is as follows:

November 27 - December 1

  • Monday, 11/27, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- His Brother's Keeper
  • Tuesday, 1128/, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Sleeping Beauty
  • Wednesday, 11/29, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Warriors
  • Thursday, 11/30, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Three Point Shot
  • Friday, 12/01, 9am ET/PT -- The Girl Next Door
December 4 - 8
  • Monday, 12/04, 9am ET/PT -- Poachers
  • Tuesday, 12/05, 9am ET/PT -- The Inside Man
  • Wednesday, 12/06, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Vendetta
  • Thursday, 12/07, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Fool Me Twice
  • Friday, 12/08, 9am ET/PT -- Storm Warning
December 11 - 15
  • Monday, 12/11, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Red Ice
  • Tuesday, 12/12, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Dead Certain
  • Wednesday, 12/13, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Breaking Ground
  • Thursday, 12/14, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Prisoner X
  • Friday, 12/15,  9am ET/PT -- The Trance
December 18 - 22
  • Monday, 12/18, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Mirror Image
  • Tuesday, 12/19, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Finkelman's Folly
  • Wednesday, 12/20, 9am  & 2am ET/PT -- Sweet Science
  • Thursday, 12/21, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Remembrance
  • Friday, 12/22, 9am ET/PT -- Pre-empted
December 25 - 29
  • Monday, 12/25, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Pre-empted
  • Tuesday, 12/26, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Love Kills
  • Wednesday, 12/27, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Crossroads
  • Thursday, 12/28, 9am & 2am ET/PT -- Foreign Exchange
  • Friday, 12/29, 9am ET/PT -- Pre-empted
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).

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