Last Updated: 16 December 2002
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[09 Dec 02] *** FOX's controversial sitcom Action to air as part of the Trio Channel's "Brilliant but Canceled" month-long special *** The Trio Channel -- a digital satellite/cable channel ( http://www.triotv.com/ ) -- is running a month-long special presentation on "programs that were canceled in spite of their critical acclaim." The controversial and short-lived series gave viewers an up close and personal look at the life of fictional movie producer Peter Dragon (Jay Mohr) and chronicled his struggle to get a movie produced.
Trio will air the two episodes throughout December, as listed
(Thanks to Pam and SuBethJimBob for the info on Trio and the
[09 Dec 02] *** Richard is back as Judging Amy's Michael Cassidy -- Tuesday, December 10th at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS *** Richard's next episode of Judging Amy, titled "People of the Lie," takes Michael and Amy (Amy Brenneman) further down the road towards a messy custody battle for their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren).
Richard officially returned to Judging Amy as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. The TV Guide description is excerpted below:
"The drama's fourth season picks up where it left off last spring, with Judge Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a messy custody battle. Amy is hot under the collar about having to attend mediation sessions with her ex-husband, Michael (Richard Burgi), to whom she is unwilling to surrender their daughter, Lauren."
According to the August 27, 2002 issue of Soap Opera Weekly (pg.13), Richard's character, Michael, is to figure prominently in the Fall 2002 season. "Amy's ex, Michael, who is not pleased with Amy's new living arrangements, follows through on his threats to fight for custody of their daughter, Lauren. 'The custody battle between them is going to be an ongoing thing this season,' reveals [head writer Barbara] Hall."
To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/judging_amy/
Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!
*** UK Viewers, Catch Richard's second Judging Amy episode on the Hallmark Channel *** -- "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" will air Thursday, September 19th on Hallmark UK. Richard appears in two of the current season's episodes of the hit CBS drama, playing the part of Judge Amy Gray's (Amy Brenneman) ex-husband, Michael Cassidy.
Richard's episodes so far:
Judging Amy is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.
According to the CBS website, "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly); re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."
(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on Richard's JA episodes, and
to Erin and Becky for the images)
[09 Dec 02] *** Richard guests on the hit CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation -- Thursday, December 12th at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***
[16 Dec 02] ** UPDATE ** -- Richard plays paragliding instructor Rick Weston in the CSI episode "High and Low," and is a suspect in the death of a hotshot paraglider named Jimmy -- a fellow Weston disapproves of, saying he "lacks discipline."
If you missed Richard on CSI, the episode will air again in reruns as the season progresses. Remember to check your local listings to confirm time and channel!
(Thanks to Deborah for the CSI heads-up, and to MJ and Erin for the
[09 Dec 02] *** Canadian viewers, catch Richard when Twice In A Lifetime reruns on December 15th at 2:00pm *** Richard appears as washed-up ex-championship boxer Jimmy O'Connor in "Knockout."
Please check your local listings to confirm time, date, and channel, as the above information is for CFTO.
(Thanks to Katherin for the info, and to Becky and Erin for the images)
[09 Dec 02] *** Catch Richard in a monstrous mood when "I Married A Monster" airs on Sci-Fi -- Saturday, December 21st at 1:00pm ET/PT *** Richard plays alien-possessed Nick Farrell in the 1998 remake of the 1950's cult classic, "I Married a Monster (from Outer Space)."
(Thanks to Deborah for the "Monster" scheduling info, and to Steffi
for the images)
[09 Dec 02] *** The Sentinel returns to the Sci-Fi Channel in January *** Watch Richard as Jim Ellison when The Sentinel rejoins the Sci-Fi schedule, airing Monday to Friday at 11:00am ET/PT. The series will begin airing on Thursday, January 2nd, presumably launching with the pilot episode, "Switchman."
[19 Sep 02] ** Add Italy to the list! ** -- Italy's RAI Channel 2 is reported to be currently airing "The Sentinel" Sunday evenings at 19:00 (7pm), in an apparent ongoing ten months on, two months off rotation. (Thankyou, Mary)
[27 Aug 02] ** "The Sentinel" now airing on Germany's Kabel1** "The Sentinel" is airing on Tuesdays at 22:15 (10:15pm). As Kabel1 is not "pay tv," viewers throughout Europe and Northern Africa with access to the Astra satellite system can catch all 65 episodes of "The Sentinel." Note: "The Sentinel" is dubbed into German for the Kabel1 broadcast.
There is also the possibility that Germany's PRO7 network will add "The Sentinel" to its schedule once more.
[15 Jun 02] **UPDATE** Kabel1 added "The Sentinel" to its Premiere SciFi Channel (commercial-free pay TV) starting on May 1st. Check your local listings for time and dates!
[11 Jan 02] ** "The Sentinel" returns to French television -- Monday to Friday (or Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at 18:55 (6:55pm) on France's M6.** French viewers will be able to catch Richard as Detective Jim Ellison now that "The Sentinel" has returned to French television.
Check your local listings for schedule information and episode names, or visit the M6 website's schedule search page at http://programmestv.m6net.fr/soc3/partners/m6net/searchresults.jsp?searchtext=Burgi&startdate=allWeek
(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Starfox for the images,
and to Christine and Steffi for the European "Sentinel" information)
[12 Dec 02] *** Richard mentioned in 24 article in "Tele Cable Satellite HEBDO," Number 655, 18 Nov 02 *** 24 continues to garner attention in the French press, where the show's first season is drawing to a close. Issue 655 of Tele Cable Satellite features the Golden Globe-winning series in an article titled "24 heures chrono: 100% adrenaline" (the series is called "24 heures chrono" in France). Subtitled as the "Sutherland Express," the article (not fully pictured at left) by Tony Crawley begins with an update on the series, complete with quotes from Kiefer Sutherland, and moves on to a brief check-in with 24's other castmembers.
The section, titled "Confidences en Temps Reel" (Secrets in Real Time), has a photo of Richard Burgi as the nefarious Kevin Carroll under the heading 11H00 - 12H00. The section, kindly translated for us by Christine, reads as follows:
11H00 - 12H00 Richard Burgi was reached in the depths of Colorado. He is one of the "bad guys" who reveals himself to Teri Bauer while she is tearing along with him to find her kidnapped daughter, ending up kidnapped herself. "I didn't know I was a bad guy -- until the day I had to strangle the girl" (Kim Bauer's friend). To cloud the issue, the actors are deliberately left in a vague state as they move on, finding out with each episode who they have to play with.
(Thanks to Christine and Sylvette for the article scans and translations)
[12 Dec 02] *** Richard Burgi featured in double-page spread article in France's "Planet Scoop" magazine (number 16, Dec '02 - Jan '03) *** Planet Scoop's "An eye on..." articles are mini-biographies of the featured actors. As is sometimes the case, the chronological order of career events has been shuffled a little in the "Planet Scoop" biography -- for instance, Richard's "Whos' the Boss" episode aired in 1991, not '84, and Daytime roles lead to Primetime sitcom and drama roles rather than the reverse. Nevertheless, it is always good to see Richard's career being covered by the press, and European articles tend to run with excellent photos, as can be seen in the "Planet Scoop" spread below.
Richard's article reads as follows (translation courtesy of Christine):
"It's incredible how many times I got hurt during the shooting of The Sentinel"
As a child and a teenager, Richard grows up and moves in an artistic universe, within a close-knit New Jersey family. His parents are fond of theater and music. Very early, the young boy has a particular passion for theater. Richard found his way: he wanted to be an actor.
Having finished his studies, he takes the opportunity to travel across the US and Europe. Finally, he settles in New York. He begins as a model in commercials, then gets small parts in many sitcoms, notably "Whos' the Boss" (1984), "Another World" (1986-88), "Seinfeld" (1990), and "Days of Our Lives" (1992-93). But it's on stage that young Richard stands out. He appears in different plays in Montclair, his native town, but also in Milan with Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author," Suddenly Last Summer" in Nutley, "Ayden" in New York. To diversify his roles, he decides to settle in Los Angeles to go on with his career as an actor.
After several castings, producers Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo entrust him with the part of devilish Lane Cassidy for four episodes in the series "Viper" (1994). But it's the character of Mack Wolfe in the cop show "One West Waikiki" (1994-95), with Cheryl Ladd, that will allow Richard's career to take off. In 1996, "Viper" producers engage him to play detective James Ellison in the show "The Sentinel." It's such a success in the US and in Europe that sixty-five episodes will be shot until 1999 (four seasons).
Since 1999, Richard has been moving from one series to another: he is
Michael Cassidy in the drama series "Judging Amy" (three episodes), Kevin
Carroll in the phenomenal "24" (four episodes), but he also plays in such
in series such as "Action," "Providence," or "The District." He takes part
in two television movies: "I Married a Monster" (1998) and "Bailey's Mistake"
(2001). In the spring of 2002, Richard comes back on stage in Los Angeles,
in the play "Johnny on the Spot." This year he appeared in an independent
movie, "Wheelmen," in which he plays Nick, who is put in charge of thwarting
a plot against the higher spheres...
[09 Dec 02] *** Richard returned to The District in "The Second Man" -- Saturday, November 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS *** Richard once again played Captain Vincent Hunter in "The Second Man."
"During a struggle, deputy chief Noland shoots a college student he believes is about to rob a convenience store with a gun, but the ensuing investigation doesn't turn up a weapon. Soon, Internal Affairs demands that Noland be suspended, but Mannion refuses to take his badge. Also, the student's wealthy parents threaten to bring charges against Noland."
No word so far as to whether Richard will be in any additional Fall 2002 season episodes of The District.
** French fans, look for Richard every Sunday at 3:30pm on Channel 2 ** The District recently joined the lineup on France's Channel 2, where it is known as "Washington Police."
For a complete listing of Richard's District episodes, visit our District Guide page.
(Thanks to Erin for the images)
[04 Nov 02]*** First Annual Marine Mammal Masquerade Benefit Gala held as planned *** -- The FSLMMC charity event, The First Annual Marine Mammal Masquerade Benefit Gala, lived up to its promise of "...an evening of revelry and celebration."
In keeping with the "casual, funky, and fun" masquerade theme of the evening, Richard cut a dashing figure in a tuxedo and blue Hawaiian shirt combo, complete with bow-tie, blue canvas shoes, 1950's-era glasses, and a Don King-style wig.
As Master of Ceremonies, Richard announced the winners of the evening's silent auction, to which he and wife Lori donated a first-season 24 crew sweat-shirt and a script for his most recent episode of The District, "The Second Man." When not on stage as Emcee, Richard spent much of the evening mingling with the attendees and visiting with friends, stopping to chat with people and take pictures with them.
There is a good possibility that the FSLMMC will have a photographer on hand to take photos of Richard at the event, and possibly at the MMC with some of the furrier residents, for sale to Richard's fans and FSLMMC supporters. Such photos would be sold to benefit the FSLMMC. For further information, visit the FSLMMC website at www.fslmmc.org, or contact the FSLMMC at:
FSL Marine Mammal Center
(Thanks to Kat, MJ, and Cindy for the information and images)
[18 Sep 02] *** "Wheelmen" official website recently updated *** -- The official website for Richard's new movie, "Wheelmen," can be found at http://www.wheelmenthemovie.com/. The site is informative, interesting, and loaded with information on the film, the characters, the actors, and the production staff.
Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.
The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).
**UPDATE: "Wheelmen" premiere date pushed back into early Fall ** -- According to Director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" is ready for release as soon as distribution details are finalised. At present, we are expecting "Wheelmen" to premiere on the big screen.
As announced in the most recent "Wheelmen" press release, a cinema screening for potential distributors was held on Thursday, August 22nd at the Arclight Theaters Complex on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. Those invited to attend the screening picked up their tickets at a check-in table set up in front of the movie's trademark Lincoln stretch limousine and, after a chance to "meet and greet" the actors and director, enjoyed refreshments before the movie (and a reception afterwards). After a few introductory words by director Dirk Hagen, "Wheelmen" made its big-screen debut.
WHEELMEN DRIVE ON!
LOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich, line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.
NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin, Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson, Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.
As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) 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 (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.
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The screening of WHEELMEN for distributors will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex, located at 6360 Sunset Blvd., behind the Cinerama Dome. Screening at 7:30 PM immediately followed by a reception. For more information, call 626.398.1949.
[04 Nov 02]*** 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
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 Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center.
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