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Last Updated: 17 December 2004


Catch Richard's episode of "CSI" in reruns on SpikeTV, 13 Jan 05

Starship Troopers 2 airs on Encore Channel in December; Richard plays Captain Dax

Richard's second episode of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" airs 09 Jan 05

FOX's "Point Pleasant" premieres 19th & 20th Jan 2005; Richard plays Ben Kramer

Richard's episodes of "The District" coming up in January on USA Network

Richard's "Judging Amy" episodes coming up on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime"

Cellular comes out on DVD on 18 Jan 05; Richard plays Craig Martin

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

"Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7" charity auction raises $60,000

Richard signs on to attend "Return to Cascade" Sentinel Convention in February 2005

"The Sentinel" once again on hiatus on the US SciFi Channel

Official RBFC charity, the FSLMMC, gets new name -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC)

Buy your official RBFC tee-shirt today!

Write to Richard through the RBFC

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Happy Holidays from the RBFC!


Richard plays Rick Weston in High and Low on CSI [13 Dec 04] *** "Catch Richard as Rick Weston in CSI's "High and Low" on Spike TV *** -- Richard plays parasailing instructor Rick Weston in this third-season episode of the highly popular crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Spike TV will air "High and Low" at 8:00pm ET/PT on Monday, December 13th.

When a battered and bloody body seemingly falls from the roof of a  Las Vegas highrise, several theories are explored before a fall from high altitude is considered. Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) assigns investigators Nick and Warrick to the case, and they eventually track the deceased to a nearby parasailing school run by Rick Weston (played by Richard Burgi).

Turns out the deceased, a hotshot paraglider named Jimmy, often rented equipment from Weston's company, and was using a paragliding 'chute of Weston's when his fate befell him. Weston is initially a suspect in Jimmy's death, as he disapproved of the cocky paraglider, saying he "lacks discipline." 

(Thanks to Deborah for the scheduling heads up, and to Erin for the screengrabs)


Troopers 2 encores on ENCORE [13 Dec 04] *** "Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation" to air on Encore *** -- If you missed seeing Richard as Captain V.J. Dax when "Starship Troopers 2" first aired, now's your chance -- the Starz Encore Channel will be airing ST2 during the second half of December.

Encore will be airing ST2 on the following dates:
Saturday, December 18th at 8:00pm ET/PT
Thursday, December 23rd at 10:15pm ET/PT
Wednesday, December 29th at 11:30pm ET/PT

While the film itself generates mixed reviews, Richard's performance as the war-weary and cynical Captain Dax is often mentioned in as one of the highlights; "Richard Burgi steals the show as Dax," said reviewer David Blackwell, with the nixflix.com reviewer finds that Richard "...makes a very convincing infantry trooper, not to mention one hell of a charming anti-hero."

We couldn't agree more. 

(Thanks to Deborah for the scheduling info and to Danny for the screengrabs)


Richard returns to Desperate Housewives January 9th [13 Dec 04] *** Richard returns to runaway hit ABC drama, "Desperate Housewives" -- airs Sundays at 9:00pm ET/PT *** -- Richard returns to Wisteria Lane on January 9th to once again bedevil his ex-wife, Susan (played by Teri Hatcher), in "Move On."

According to the episode listing at TVTome, "Edie organizes a neighborhood search for the missing Mrs. Huber, just as the absent busybody's sister Felicia Tilman (guest-star Harriet Sansom Harris) arrives on Wisteria Lane. Meanwhile, Bree resigns herself to her marital state and asks an attractive pharmacist (Tony Award-winning actor Roger Bart) on a date; Susan's ex, Karl (guest-star Richard Burgi), suddenly reappears in her life; Lynette fears that Tom is attracted to the new nanny (guest-star Marla Sokoloff); and Gabrielle sinks to new depths - she gets a job."

Sadly, this may prove to be Richard's last appearance as Karl Mayer, as working full-time on his new series, "Point Pleasant," will most likely prevent him from returning to "Desperate Housewives."

The Futon Critic website gave this description of "Desperate Housewives":

"A primetime soap with a truly contemporary take on 'happily ever after,' 'Desperate Housewives' takes a darkly comedic look at suburbia, where the secret lives of housewives aren't always what they seem.

Looking down on her friends and family isn't a way of life for Mary Alice Young... it's a way of death. One day, in her perfect house, in the loveliest of suburbs, Mary Alice ended it all. Now she's taking us into the lives of her family, friends and neighbors, commenting from her elevated P.O.V."

To learn more about the show, visit the "Desperate Housewives" page at the ABC website.

(Thanks to Deborah for info on the new episode, and to Danny for the screengrabs) 


Richard's new series premieres January 19th and 20th [17 Dec 04] *** "Point Pleasant" 2-part premiere scheduled to air on January 19th and 20th '05 *** -- FOX's supernatural drama "Point Pleasant" is now slated to premiere on Wednesday, January 19th at 9:00pm ET/PT, following a special one-hour "American Idol." The second part of the premiere will air Thursday, January 20th, at 9:00pm ET/PT, following FOX's popular "The O.C." The 9:00pm Thursday berth will be the show's regular timeslot.
"Point Pleasant" went into production in November and is based in San Diego, CA. FOX has greenlighted a 13-episode order (including a re-shoot of portions of the pilot). Richard plays Dr. Ben Kramer.

Cast breakdowns give the following description of Ben:  "A local physician who shares his seaside home with his wife and daughter, he feels uneasy about the young girl whom he's taken into his home. But, after seeing the growing bond his wife and daughter have with Christina, Ben decides not to push the matter - not just yet anyway. The role is listed in his late 40s and the doctor is described as intelligent and confident."

Episodes and anticipated airdates announced thus far:
19 Jan -- "Pilot" (premiere part 1)
20 Jan -- "Who's Your Daddy?" (premiere part 2?)
27 Jan -- "The Lonely Hunter"
03 Feb -- "Last Dance"

With the show now on the schedule, the FOX network website has launched an official "Point Pleasant" page, which can be found at:
http://www.fox.com/pointpleasant/

The foxnow.com website offers a detailed -- and tantalizing -- description of the show:

"The quiet beach community of POINT PLEASANT is about to get much louder when a sudden, violent storm washes in more than the tide. Local lifeguard Jesse spies Christina [Elisabeth Harnois] floating in the sea and immediately dives in to save her life. He takes her to the home of Dr. Ben Kramer [Richard Burgi], whose daughter Judy and wife Meg take an immediate liking to Christina. For Christina, Point Pleasant offers both respite from her protected boarding-school existence in New York, and the opportunity to search for her mother, Ann - who, surprisingly, grew up in the area but has never been a part of Christina's life. Aside from the Kramers' fondness for her, and Jesse's budding attraction, it seems that secret desires, repressed feelings and heightened emotions inexplicably begin to flare when Christina is near. Christina never knew her mother, and doesn't realize that she's never truly known her father, either. Christina is the offspring of a mortal woman and the Devil - and although she doesn't know it, the battle for her soul has begun."

Described as "a cross between 'Peyton Place' and The Omen," as well as "a gentler Rosemary's Baby on the Jersey shore," the supernatural series focuses on a mysterious girl (Christina,  played by Elisabeth Harnois), who washes ashore one day after a shipwreck. 

(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant")


Richard's episodes of The District airing in January [13 Dec 04] *** 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 will air the show throughout the week, in blocks of two beginning at either 10:00am or 10:30am Monday through Friday, and an additional block of two starting at midnight on Saturdays.

Richard's episodes airing in January are:
- Jan 05 -- 11:00am -- "Jack's Back"
- Jan 07 -- 11:00am -- "Blind Eye"
- Jan 11 -- 10:30am -- "In God We Trust"
- Jan 22 -- 12:00am -- "Worst Block"
- Jan 23 -- 03:00am -- "Surveillance"
- Jan 24 -- 12:00pm -- "How They Lived"
- Jan 27 -- 12:00pm -- "The Santa Wars"
- Jan 28 -- 11:00am -- "The D.C. Strangler"

Visit the USA Network site for additioanl information:
http://www.usanetwork.com/series/thedistrict/

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..

A complete listing of Richard's episodes of "The District" can be found on the Biography page, with an expanded listing and episode details on the  District Guide page.

(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, Becky and Erin for the District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Richard appears in six episodes of Judging Amy [13 Dec 04] *** Richard's episodes of Judging Amy airing on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" ***-- To date, Richard has appeared in six episodes of the hit CBS Primetime drama, playing Judge Amy (Amy Brenneman) Grey's ex-husband, Michael Cassidy. Though Michael has not been seen since "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary," he retains joint custody of their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) and still has feelings for Amy. Though Michael has been mentioned with increasing frequency on the current CBS season, it now seems unlikely that Richard will be able to continue playing the role due to his new series, Point Pleasant

Meanwhile, viewers have a chance to catch up on Richard's episodes on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime," where "Judging Amy" airs Monday - Friday at 12:00noon and 1:00pm ET/PT.  Richard's episodes, in original order, are:

  • "The Justice League of America" 
  • "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition" 
  • "Lost in the System"
  • "People of the Lie" (airs Dec 15th @ 1:00pm)
  • "The Best Interests of the Child" (airs Dec 17th @ 12:00pm) 
  • "Marry, Marry Quite Contrary" (airs Dec 24th @ 12:00pm)
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 District screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)


Cellular comes to DVD in January 05 [13 Dec 04] *** Cellular comes to DVD January 18th, 2005 *** -- The New Line Cinema thriller premiered in theaters on September 10th and was met with good ratings and reviews.

Roger Ebert, writing for the Sun Times, gave Cellular 3 1/2 stars and called it "...one of the year's best thrillers." Ebert also said of the film:

"The movie is skillfully plotted, halfway plausible and well acted; the craftsmanship is in the details, including the astonishing number of different ways in which a cell phone can be made to function -- both as a telephone, and as a plot device."

Official Cellular website: http://www.cellularthemovie.com/

The Cellular DVD is available for pre-order at Amazon.com, where it is presently listed at $19.56

Richard completed principal photography on the action-oriented thriller Cellular in late November '03, playing the supporting role of Craig Martin, husband of kidnap victim Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger)

(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on the DVD release)


[13 Dec 04] *** Have yourself a very Burgi Christmas 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.

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/
Richard appears in 12 episodes of Season 1

24 Season One (2002) DVD Set -- $14.99 (75% discount)

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 Kevin Carroll, AKA Alan York, is discussed in both books

Books on 24 (both mention Richard's character)

1) 24: The House Subcommittee's Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi -- $16.95
This book is set within the world of 24, providing background information on the characters involved in the unfolding story 

2) 24: The Unofficial Guide by Jim Sangster -- $13.95
A more traditional approach to the series guide -- episode listings, production details, et cetera

Richard appears in Season 3's High and Low

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation- The Complete Third Season on DVD -- $67.49 (25% discount)

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 to be released in January

Cellular DVD, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $19.56 (30% discount)

Available for pre-order; DVDs will be released on 18 January 2005.

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

2) Cellular (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $14.99 (12% discount)

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 presently in theaters worldwide after premiering on September 10th 2004.
 

The US-market DVD doesn't include bloopers or deleted scenes

Decoys (2004) DVD [US market version] -- $22.46

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 $29.71 (15% discount)

Release date: July 20, 2004
ASIN: B00029QQRK

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

Firefly - The Complete Series DVD -- $34.99 (30% discount)

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 -- $13.96 (30% discount)

2) Starship Troopers 2 (Score) [SOUNDTRACK] -- $17.98

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.


Richard appeared at the MPICA LCA take 7 charity auction [13 Dec 04] *** "Lights, Camera, Auction, Take 7" charity auction nets $60,000 *** -- Richard joined Sentinel costar and friend Garett Maggart at the "Lights, Camera, Auction, Take 7" charity auction held in October. Richard was part of the event's Saturday schedule and joined both Garett Maggart and Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") on stage. This year's Lights, Camera, Auction event was held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel LAX in Los Angeles October 22-24 2004.

Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7 raised $60,000, which was split between the Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Canada and Hollygrove Children and Family Services in Hollywood, California.

For information on the LCA event, visit the LCA 7 page at the MPICA website: http://www.mpica.org/LCA7/main.htm

(Thanks to Deborah and Kris for the info on LCA 7, and to Deana for the photos)


Richard to attend Return to Cascade Convention in February [13 Dec 04] *** Richard to attend "Return to Cascade" Sentinel Convention in February 2005 *** -- Barring unforeseen professional or personal commitments, Richard will be attending the "Return to Cascade" convention, which will be held February 26-27, 2005 at the Westin Hotel (LAX) in Los Angeles.

Richard will be joined by Sentinel costars Garett Maggart and Bruce A. Young, and by series creators and producers Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo of Pet Fly Productions. Other guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

Complete information on the convention -- venue, fees, guests, registration, program highlights, FAQ -- can be found at the official convention website at: http://www.cascadeconvention.com/

(Thanks to Cacade Conventions for the information)

[13 Dec 04]*** The Sentinel currently on summer hiatus at US Sci-Fi Channel***  -- The Sentinel ended its most recent run on the Sci Fi Channel with the June 25th episode. At present, we are assuming the show is on broadcast hiatus with Sci Fi, which has happened in the past. The Sentinel has aired almost continuously on Sci Fi since joining the network's roster in 1999. Remember to check the Sci Fi Channel's Sentinel page for news of the show's return.
Richard Burgi as Jim Ellison in The Sentinel
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:


on hiatus on hiatus
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel     website for further details ( http://www.scifi.com/sentinel ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.
Richard Burgi as The Sentinel, Jim Ellison
(To review earlier, possibly outdated International scheduling information for The Sentinel, refer to our previous News pages, which are available through the Archive Page listings).

(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox for the images)


Richard visits a playful pinniped at the PMMC [13 Dec 04] *** The Official RBFC charity, the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center (FSLMMC), has chosen a new name -- the Pacific Marine Mammal Center ***  -- A recent letter from the MMC (excerpted below) details the name change:

"With the expansion of our responsibilities to include cetacean rehabilitation, as well as the expansion of our education programs to include a broader curriculum, we have made the decision to take a leap and give ourselves a name that more fully reflects what we do -- Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

We are excited about the new name, as it is more reflective of our work with all marine mammals, as well as of the ever-expanding scope of environmental education programs we offer. We have big plans for the next couple of years including a renovation of our upstairs education area and the reconstruction of our outdoor pools and pens to accommodate our steadily growing patient load and improve the water quality for the animals.

We are very proud of our history, founders, board members, staff, and volunteers, included. Who would have thought that the rescue of that first tiny harbor seal pup 33 years ago would have such an impact on the lives of the thousands of marine mammals that we have given a second chance at life? We are so grateful to those of you who are long-time donors and to those of you who are new friends. It is your support that has allowed us to build our solid foundation and to provide our quality animal care and education programs over the years. You can be assured that the core values and vision of our organization will always remain the same."

**RBFC News** -- A recent visit to the PMMC revealed that the RBFC had joined the ranks of supporters whose names appear on a handsome plaque outside the Center's gift shop. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who've joined us in supporting the PMMC in Richard's honor!

(Thanks to Deborah, Kat, and MJ for the info)


RBFC pelican logo [13 Dec 04]*** Buy your Official Richard Burgi Fan Club tee-shirt today! *** -- Featuring the official RBFC logo seen at left  on the upper left chest, these tee-shirts are heavy-duty cotton. The shirts are short-sleeved, cream-colored, with the logo silk-screened in black, and are available in Adult Extra Large size. The shirts can be paid for by check, or by credit card through PayPal, with the prices as follows:

Continental USA -- $10 ($12 PayPal) -- includes S&H
International -- $15 ($18 PayPal) -- includes S&H

If paying by check, please make the check payable (in US funds) to Kathleen Cole, not to the RBFC, and mail the check to the address below:

The RBFC
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
U.S.A.

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[13 Dec 04] *** 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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