Last Updated: 31 December 2004
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 gift list? Amazon.com
has you covered!
"Lights, Camera, Auction - Take 7" charity auction
Richard signs on to attend "Return to
Cascade" Sentinel Convention in February 2005
"The Sentinel" once again on hiatus on the US SciFi
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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||[31 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
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
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
||[31 Dec 04] *** "Point Pleasant"
2-part premiere scheduled to air on January 19th and 20th '05 *** --
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:
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,
Elisabeth Harnois), who washes ashore one day after a
(Thanks to Kat and Deborah for info on "Point Pleasant")
||[31 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
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 additional information:
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
Vincent Hunter, head of the DC Police Department's Internal Affairs
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
(Thanks to Debbie for the USA info, Becky and Erin for the District
screengrabs, and to the Epguides website for production details)
||[31 Dec 04] *** Look for Richard's
episodes of Judging Amy on TNT's "Primetime in the Daytime" ***-- To
date, Richard has appeared in six episodes of the popular 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,
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:
Visit the TNT website for further information, and check your local listings,
as well as the TVNow website.
"The Justice League of America"
"Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition"
"Lost in the System"
"People of the Lie"
"The Best Interests of the Child"
"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"
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)
||[31 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
Craig Martin, husband of kidnap victim Jessica Martin (Kim
(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on the DVD release)
[31 Dec 04] *** Check out the Burgi Bonanza
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
Amazon in the USA: http://www.amazon.com/
Amazon in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/
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.
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
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, Widescreen, Region 1 encoding -- $19.56 (30% discount)
Available for pre-order; DVDs will be released on 18 January 2005.
Richard plays Craig Martin, husband of Kim Basinger's Jessica 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
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 version from amazon.ca
Decoys (2004) DVD -- CDN $29.71 (15% discount)
Release date: July 20, 2004
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.
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
1) Starship Troopers 2 - Hero of the Federation (2004) DVD -- $13.96
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.
||[31 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
(Thanks to Deborah and Kris for the info on LCA 7, and to Deana for
[31 Dec 04]*** The Sentinel currently on 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.
||[31 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)
Current Sentinel schedule on SciFi:
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.
(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)
||[31 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)
||[31 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
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
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
transactions are processed through their website at http://www.paypal.com,
using firstname.lastname@example.org as the RBFC payment address / account.
The process is fairly simple -- new PayPal customers must first register
with PayPal, which takes about five minutes. (Instructions are provided
on the PayPal website).
[31 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
10153 1/2 Riverside Drive, #494
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
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 .