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Rejected 'Bachelor' contestant has WNY roots

It is time to tell all I know about "The Bachelor: Paris," which has its "Tell All" episode Monday. Absolutely nothing.

I confess. I haven't watched a minute this season, but I do have something interesting to tell.

Susan Edds, the 25-year-old beauty from Overland Park, Kan., who was booted off by Travis Stork on Monday after making it to the final three, is originally from Western New York.

Anyone who attended Country Parkway Elementary, Casey Middle School or Transit Middle School in Amherst with her in the 1990s is forgiven for failing to alert me.

According to an ABC publicist, Edds left town when she was 13 for Minnesota, went to Arizona for college and still lives there. The network's Web site says her hometown is Overland Park, which partially may explain why no one from Buffalo called.

The ABC publicist added that Edds was born in Buffalo Children's Hospital and her dad taught at the University at Buffalo Medical School.

Edds lasted until the Final Four, so Travis met Susan's family, which I'm told may have ruined her chances. During the visit, mom apparently doubted that Susan was ready for a new relationship because she had recently broken off an engagement. Oh, mom.

Edds also ruined her chances by confiding in the other Bachelorettes that she was interested in an acting career. Her nasty competitors for Travis' heart apparently suggested she was using the show to help achieve that goal. Gee, you can't tell your new friends anything.

In any event, Susan will always have the French Alps with Travis. She had an overnight date with Travis before things went south.

If you want to renew old acquaintances with Susan, tune in Monday for "The Bachelor: Paris: The Women Tell All" (10 p.m., Channel 7) and see how Travis deals with all the women he's rejected, including Susan. This "Bachelor" edition is far from a local ratings hit, with the episode in which Edds was sent packing scoring a 7.1 locally.


CBS is pulling Jenna Elfman from the protected Monday comedy block to give Julia Louis-Dreyfus' more promising new comedy, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," a better chance following "Two and Half Men." The "Seinfeld" star's show, in which she plays a single mother with a complicated relationship with her ex-husband, premieres at 9:30 p.m. March 13.

Elfman's show, "Courting Alex," moves to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays on March 22 after "Out of Practice," which started the season on Mondays and is moving to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"Yes, Dear" and "Still Standing," which are airing on Wednesdays now, will go on hiatus. However, if the replacements register stronger ratings, you never know what will happen. In a perfect world, CBS would give "Love Monkey" another chance on Wednesday.


To those who asked: "Commander in Chief," which ABC has dropped during the February sweeps in favor of sitcoms, is scheduled to return at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. ABC believes it is doing "Commander" and star Geena Davis a favor by taking it off during the Olympics and giving new producer Steven Bochco more time to find the show's legs.


FX is planning a "Prison Break" marathon from noon through 7 p.m. March 19, the day before the exciting series returns to Fox. The marathon starts with an hourlong recap of the first seven episodes, with episodes 8 through 13 airing in their entirety.


Here's another indication of the interest level of the Winter Olympics in Western New York. During the mornings, when NBC's "Today" is focused on the Turin Games, it is getting clobbered locally by ABC's "Good Morning, America." However, both programs get very strong ratings for the early morning.


As expected, Fox's "American Idol" demolished NBC's coverage of the Olympics from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Western New York by a 2-1 margin. The Olympics' coverage posted a narrow 9 p.m. victory over ABC's "Lost," 14.0-13.6. But at 10 p.m., "CSI: New York" beat the Olympics by a point, 13.5-12.5, and helped Channel 4's news defeat the final half hour of NBC's coverage.


Tonight's results show of "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC will include a segment in which host Tom Bergeron is paired with professional dancer Ashly Delgrasso in an attempt to do the quick step. By the way, the "Dancing" finale airs opposite the closing ceremonies of the Olympics on Sunday, Feb. 26.


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