Last Updated: 30 January 2001
***UPDATE*** -- "The District" has proven to be a breakout hit for CBS, leading to a full season order of episodes. Richard has filmed a total of five episodes for the 2000-2001 season (which are listed below). Though the season has not yet finished filming, Richard does not expect to appear in additional episodes this season, as the show's producers will be concentrating on their main character ensemble.
Though Richard was on call for episode 12 -- "Old Ghosts" in the production sequence -- Captain Hunter was not included in the episode, which focused on detective McGregor's past conflicts with a Sinn Fein negotiator. (An earlier episode included a scene between Hunter and McGregor which revealed Hunter's knowledge of McGregor's Belfast background; this probably would have factored into "Old Ghosts" had Hunter been written into the final script).
This would be a great time to send CBS some feedback on "The District" and Captain Hunter -- let them know you've enjoyed seeing Richard on their show and would enjoy seeing even more of him in the Fall 2001 season. Simply visit the CBS website's "District" page and use the feedback link.
*Richard's episodes this season (Note: the pilot is designated as episode '1.00')
Season One -- 2000-2001
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)
The story revolves around a young wife of a wealthy but older husband who convinces her young lover -- Roger -- to help her murder the unfortunate husband. Naturally, the lovers' carefully-schemed and orchestrated murder and cover-up begins to fall apart under the unrelenting scrutiny of Matlock Senior, resulting eventually in the calculating widow attempting to save her own neck by setting Stratford up to "take the fall."
Ben Matlock's sleuthing father figures out that Roger and the murderous widow concocted and carried out the murder together, with the widow later setting her hapless lover up for the killing. Stratford's eventual fate is not mentioned, though it is safe to assume he was tried and convicted for his part in the murder scheme.
(Thanks to Rhonda for the scheduling information and to Dianne Force for the screen-grab)
Tony (Tony Danza) is visited by old baseball team-member Mike Va Salle, who -- through a twist of fate -- went on to baseball fame and fortune while Tony left the game and found his way, eventually, to the Bower household. Tony, with the aid of his "guardian angel" coach (played by Brandon Maggart, father of "Sentinel" costar Garett Maggart), is given a chance to see what his life would have been like if he, rather than Va Salle, had made the game-winning play and gone on to baseball superstardom.
(Thanks to Rhonda for the schedule information)
Filmed in Toronto, Ontario in 1993, and starring James McCaffrey as Joe Astor, driver of Metro City's secret "Defender" supercar, the first season's 13 episodes were produced for NBC. When the series was revived for first-run syndication in 1996, it was moved to Vancouver and eventually joined Pet Fly Productions stablemate "The Sentinel" at Paramount's Bentall Street facility.
Richard's airdates are as follows:
"The Sentinel" was described as a combo sci-fi and police drama. This hour-long series aired on UPN from 1996 to 1999. It starred Richard Burgi as a police detective who had acquired extrasensory skills during an 18-month period of having survived a crash in the Peruvian jungle. Because of his extraordinary senses, some called him a "human crime lab." Naturally, it came in very handy in his detective work, except that he couldn't control when these senses would suddenly "turn on," and it was during those episodes that he became physically vulnerable. What was the name of this leading man who was the sentinel?
The answer was posted the following day:
TODAY'S TIP: I SMELL A SENTINEL
Answer to our previous question: Last time we asked you to name the character, the man they called the Sentinel, on the show of the same name. "The Sentinel" was described as a combo sci-fi and police drama. This hour-long series aired on UPN from 1996 to 1999. It starred Richard Burgi as a police detective who had acquired extrasensory skills during an 18-month period of having survived a crash in the Peruvian jungle. So what was the name of the leading man who was the sentinel? It was Detective Jim Ellison. The show was actually not renewed by UPN for 1999; it was only because of viewer letters and complaints that UPN brought it back for another round of shows, which put a resolution to the cliffhanger left at the close of the '98 season.
(Thanks to Kat for the trivia from TipWorld)
[[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.
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!)
"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 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.
"Providence" begins airing on RTL on November 5th. Richard appears in "Providence" in the episode "The Apartment," (episode #2.14) playing Dr. J.D. Scanlon, Syd Hansen'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)
[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
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.
[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 www.nick.com.
(Thanks to Carla for the update)
[01/30/01] *** The Sci-Fi Channel's Sentinel schedule *** -- 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. The Sentinel is now entering its fifth cycle on SciFi.
NOTE: SciFi is running a Sentinel "Chain Reaction" as part of its Superheroland schedule -- five back-to-back episodes on Monday, February 12th, starting at 11am ET/PT.
[01/03/01] The current Sentinel schedule is as follows:
January 29 - February 02
[10/05/99]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.
[12/20/00] ** Updated RBFC Archive pages now active ** -- Thanks to the generosity of Ursula of SOS and Steffi of SOS2, we now have an extensively renovated and enhanced Archive of "Sentinel"-era material available on the RBFC website! To visit the Archive pages, simply scroll to the navbar section at the foot of the page and click on the "archive" button.
Thanks also 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 Ursula, Steffi,Mackie, and everyone who shared their collections with us!)
[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!
[09/17/00] Thanks to Steffi, we also have the attractive new navigation bars you see immediately below. Each bar is color-keyed to the page or section it represents. Thankyou, Steffi!
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