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"American Rehab: Buffalo" doesn't appear to fix up the old engagement story


Here's a reminder in case you didn't read today's Page 1 story by Tim O'Shei on Buffalo activist Bernice Radle: Tonight’s the night to binge watch the DIY Network series, “American Rehab: Buffalo,” that was filmed here a year and a half ago.

All six episodes are scheduled to air on the cable channel from 9 p.m. to midnight, which feels like DIY is burning it off.

In April of 2014, I reported that the series featuring an engaged local couple was filming in Buffalo for three months and was expected to air in the fall of 2014.

Radle and Jason Wilson, who are featured in the program, rehabbed a vacant Buffalo home built in 1910 on 19th Street on the West Side that they bought for $16,000 and planned to fix up by spending $100,000.

They were married on July 5, 2014 but are now divorced. In a recent email, Radle wrote that she and Wilson "are no longer married nor business partners" and that the show "is only focused on rehabbing one historic house."

You wouldn’t know that from the preview of the first episode supplied by the public relations firm.

It is a typical, routine rehab reality show. Early in the episode, Radle calls Wilson her fiancé. Later in the episode, Wilson describes Silo City as the location for their wedding. A man at Silo City also gives Wilson a set of French doors to put in the home for free and calls it a wedding present.

Unless there is a last-minute edit – and it is hard to see how there could be one at this stage – the program will stay with that outdated engagement and wedding narrative.

Radle is a graduate of Niagara Falls High and Buffalo State College. Wilson graduated from Lockport High School and the University at Buffalo.

You can certainly say that “Empire” has become must-see TV in Western New York on Wednesday night.

The season premiere of the Fox hit series had a 7.3 live and same day rating a week ago. When viewing three days later was added, the rating only went up to a 7.5 here. That means “Empire” is the rare series that has viewers on the edge-of-their seats on the day it airs.

The two-hour premiere of the Tuesday night Fox series “Scream Queens” pretty much bombed here, but it reportedly grew by significant numbers nationally three days after it aired. Not so much here. It had a 2.6 rating on Channel 29 up to three days after it aired. That’s 30 percent higher than the 2.0 it had on its live airing. But it still is only a 2.6 rating.

Inquiring minds want to know: Which CBS announcers will be working the Oct. 11 Bills game at Tennessee and the Oct. 18 home game against Cincinnati? Two members of the Bills preseason team for Channel 7, play-by-play man Andrew Catalon and analyst Steve Tasker, will be joined by analyst Steve Beuerlein on the Tennessee game. Catalon was quite impressive on the Channel 7 preseason games. The Bills good luck charms, play-by-play man Spero Dedes and analyst Solomon Wilcots, will work their third Buffalo game on Oct. 18 when the Bengals come to the Ralph. To borrow a word made up by Wilcots in the Dolphins game, some fans might find hearing them for a third time “disconcerning.”

The Bills game with the New York Giants at the Ralph on Fox affiliate Channel 29 is one of five games on network television coming into this market on Sunday. The day starts with Miami-New York Jets from London at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 4. The Bills game is the only one at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., Channel 4 is carrying Cleveland at San Diego and Channel 29 is carrying Green Bay at San Francisco on a Fox doubleheader weekend. Dallas plays New Orleans on NBC's "Sunday Night Football," which is carried on Channel 2.

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