Leah Remini’s TV series about Scientology will premiere in 2017 and hopefully offer insights into the church
First widely known as the charming Carrie Hefferman on King of Queens, Leah Remini now has a TV series about Scientology slated to premiere on A&E in 2017, and it sounds like it’ll be eye-opening for those unaffiliated with the cult (don’t come for me, Los Angeles). Having effectively escaped from the star-studded clutches of the Church of Scientology in 2013, Remini released her memoir, Troublemaker, in November 2015, which both humorously and at times devastatingly details her time in the church and utterly bizarre stories featuring other hollywood scientologists, which naturally includes Tom Cruise.
Since her extrication from the church in 2013, Remini has been very open about her strange experiences with the religion, hoping to shed a light into the inner-workings of the exclusive belief system she was raised within. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, anonymous sources shared that Remini has been shooting the show all summer with the intention of releasing it at the beginning of 2017. The series itself is a collaboration between the producing skills of Remini, Eli Holzman (Project Runway) and Aaron Saidman (True Life), which guarantees it will appeal to the wide span of docuseries and reality show junkies. Because honestly, who isn’t here for a series detailing the bewildering world of Scientology?
If you’re currently scratching your head, shrugging your shoulders, and still pondering the valid question “who isn’t here for Remini’s Scientology show?,” the answer is so obvious it’s easy to pass up. But the Church of Scientology from whence she came is keeping tabs on Remini, and they are none too pleased with the negative PR she’s been providing.
Following Remini’s interview on ABC’s 20/20, where she shared details about her memoir and the experiences with Scientology that informed it, the Church of Scientology released an official statement about Remini essentially tell her to quiet down about her experiences. The statement from the church, as reported by ABC News, said:
“Leah Remini has become what she once declared she never wanted to be known as: ‘this bitter ex-Scientologist.’ As USA Today wrote, Ms. Remini is ‘as famous for being an ex-Scientologist as she is as an actress.’ She needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again.”
Damn, the tea from the Church of Scientology is almost too hot to drink. Will they have more petty rebuttals when Remini’s show airs early next year? We’ll have to wait and see, but no matter what transpires, I’m all ears.