By Alan Pergament
A popular cable television series is expected to be filming on Buffalo's West Side for at least three months starting in mid-April.
According to a source connected to the filming, the series airs on the HGTV channel and local housing activist Bernice Radle is involved.
If Radle's name sounds familiar, she joined Lance Diamond and Thurman Thomas eating chicken wings on Mo Rocca's piece on CBS' Sunday morning.
The name of the show being filmed here isn't known but a source says it fits the description of "Rehab Addict," one of HGTV's most popular programs in its fourth season.
it stars Nicole Curtis, a Detroit native who reportedly has been rehabbing homes for years before she starred in the series.
Here's part of the show description: "Nicole takes ramshackle homes from the wrecking ball to their original stunning glory. Whether it's managing her rugged crew or wrangling city officials, this single mom wields her hammer with skill and returns condemned properties to their place as the pride of the neighborhood."
The Buffalo home that will be featured on the HGTV program - whatever it is - is on 19th Street.
Tim Clark, film commissioner of the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, was not able to confirm any series was coming here. That is his standard practice.
"The film office is working on numerous projects but we are not able to specifically identify shows or projects that are working in the region," Clark said.