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HBO/Trib to try Maria talker

In the first joint project between HBO Downtown Prods. and Tribune TV Stations, Lisa Maria – who, along with her ex-husband Curtis Sliwa, led the controversial Guardian Angels – will host a one-hour syndicated talkshow starting June 26.

The much-rumored program, exec produced by HBO Downtown veepee Nancy Geller and Katherine Drew, will appear in a 13-week test on the Trib stations in New York – where it will be taped – Boston and Philadelphia.

Focused on urban issues, “This Is Lisa Maria” will appear in various daytime and early fringe slots in the three initial markets.

Maria hosts a weekly issues-oriented radio program in New York and on Multimedia’s low-penetration cable web NewsTalk TV.

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