Kirstie Alley to be ‘The Minister of Divine’

LOS ANGELES – Emmy winner Kirstie Alley is set to play a rebel-turned-preacher in Fox’s comedy pilot "The Minister of Divine." <P></P> <P>The Hollywood Reporter states the show is based on the British series "The Vicar of Dibley," the show details the life of a woman, known for her wild and crazy youthful days, who returns to her small hometown to be a minister.</P> <P>Suzanne Martin, the writer, has apparently made Alley’s character more "outrageous" than Dawn French’s version in the original BBC show.</P> <P>Susan Levison, from Fox says the show had been set in America’s South and a town called Divine to take advantage of a culture that embraced the church and its customs, reports The Herald (UK).</P> <P>"She’s a woman with a past who’s trying to make amends, and isn’t afraid to call things as she sees them," she says of Alley’s character.</P> <P>Alley is a pro comedy performer, with roles in "Veronica’s Closet" and "Fat Actress" since "Cheers" came to an end in 1993. </P> <P>Alley has been a spokesperson for Jenny Craig, and has chronicled her weight loss, the 56-year-old recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show in a bikini.</P> <P> </P>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.