Daytime yakker hosted by priest set for summer test run

MIAMI — Syndie distrib Debmar-Mercury and Fox O&Os will mount a test run of a daytime talker hosted by Father Alberto Cutie, a former Catholic priest who made headlines after leaving the church to marry the woman he loved.

Cutie previously hosted a talker on Telemundo and has penned self-help books in Spanish, earning him the nickname “Father Oprah.” He left the Catholic Church in 2009 to marry and is now a priest in the Episcopal Church.

Fox and Debmar plan the “Father Albert” test for the summer. It’s unclear how many Fox stations will carry the show. Fox and Debmar have teamed together a number of times on test runs prior to full syndie rollouts. “The Wendy Williams Show” bowed as a Fox-Debmar test, and the partners teamed last fall for a three-week test of a yakker fronted by Fran Drescher.

Deal for “Father Albert” was announced at the NATPE confab in Miami by Debmar-Mercury co-presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein and Frank Cicha, senior veep of programming for Fox Television Stations.

Cutie is repped by WME.

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