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A&E’s ‘Southie Rules’ debuts Jan. 29

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Southie Rules’’ finally has an airdate. The reality TV show focused on a South Boston family battling the “relentless gentrification of their neighborhood’’ will premiere on A&E Jan. 29, the network announced. “To yuppies, jumping in the frigid harbor on New Year’s Day, housing three generations of a family under one roof, or never moving from the home you were born in may seem ridiculous, but to this family, it’s . . . their way of life,’’ says a blurb on the network’s website. “These ‘Southies’ are faithful to their legacy, and they’re not budging, unless they kill each other first.’’ (The network hasn’t ID’d the family, but it centers on Leah Lentini Winters, a probation officer, her mom, Camille Niedzwiecki, who lives on the top floor with Leah’s dad, Walter, and
Leah’s brother, Matty, who lives on the middle floor with Jen, the mother of his child.) Produced by Somerville-based Powderhouse Productions, the show is sure to include a few stereotypes that could rankle some Southie residents. Maureen Dahill, a lifelong resident of South Boston who writes the CaughtinSouthie.com blog, says some folks in the neighborhood are adamant about not watching the show while others plan to tune in “to watch the trainwreck.” Either way, “no one is thinking this will be a really great show,” she says. “But for me, I’m definitely going to watch the first episode.”

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