With the actual Oprah bidding farewell to her talk show this year, will the priest nicknamed "Father Oprah" rise to replace her? Father Alberto Cutié has announced that he's set to host an English language syndicated talk show set to air on Fox stations in major markets later this year, and that it could go national if it proves to be popular. Cutié promises it will cover everything from "sex to salvation."
Cutié is no stranger to the spotlight or hosting duties. The former Catholic priest who led a South Beach church rose to fame by hosting a Spanish language TV and radio show, penning books and newspaper columns, and otherwise appearing often in the media. This will be his first major foray into English-language content, though the producers are considering shooting a Spanish-language version as well.
Of course, Cutié was caught by a Mexican-based tabloid frolicking on the beach with his girlfriend , which obviously was a big "no no" for the Catholic Church and its celibacy policy. The priest eventually switched to the Episcopalian Church, married his girlfriend, and welcomed his first child in December.
The new show hopes to both capitalize on the new-found notoriety while also moving past it.
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The show will be "something not dogmatic or rigid but uplifting and helpful to viewers," Jack Abernethy, CEO of the Fox TV station group tells the Hollywood Reporter. "Such things are big business in other media like book publishing and the radio but not on television."
The show would be the first major network show fronted by a religious figure since the 1950s.
It appears that the show--titled "Father Albert"--may not be immediately shown in South Florida, since it will only premier on stations owned and operated by Fox. Miami's Fox affiliate, WSVN, is independently owned and notorious from shying away from syndicated programming in favor of its own news shows. Though, if the program proves to be popular, it will likely find a home somewhere on the local TV dial.