It is no secret that actress Leah Remini (The King of Queens) has made it her life's mission to uncover the practices of the Church of Scientology, which she left in 2013. Remini has made television appearances such as ABC's 20/20 and even wrote a best-selling memoir on the matter, entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (2015).
She's about to take it one step further by producing an autobiographical documentary TV series "about the way Scientology rips apart families." Having grown up in the church for over 30 years, and reaching Operating Thetan Level Seven, Leah has certainly collected some dirty little secrets along the way — and she's not afraid to expose them.
Journalist Tony Ortega has devoted over 20 years of his life to debunking Scientology, much of which can be found on his blog The Underground Bunker. Ortega shared the news regarding Remini's project via his Twitter account and mentioned in the comments section that the TV show would be a documentary.
In The Underground Bunker, Tony reveals that this is not the only project of this type in the making. The same unnamed network is simultaneously working on a TV series which will cover similar topics and will be using Ortega as a consultant.
Both shows will focus on the church's policy of "disconnection" in which members are forced to cut out anyone who may be a threat to their belief. In other words, to distance themselves from people who are "antagonistic to Scientology or its tenets," which often includes family or friends.
The renown journalist also comments on the current stage of the project's development:
"These are two completely separate projects, and as far as we know they are tackling similar subjects but with different sets of people. We’ve confirmed that Leah’s series is currently shooting footage, and appears to be on a fast track. Could we see both series this coming fall? We really don’t know if that’s going to be the case or not."
Perhaps they are trying to get this done fast to avoid any intervention on behalf of the church, which could possibly delay its release — but this is just a theory. They could be rushing for any number of banal reasons, such as production costs.
Remini offers a particular perspective on the matter since she was introduced to the church at a young age. She has also watched other children grow up in the same environment and even blamed Scientology for creating hostility between Nicole Kidman and her children. Furthermore, her voice is particularly distinct as she was a famous person in a celebrity-obsessed church.
Leah Remini has bravely spoken out about the treatment of the members who belong to the Church Of Scientology — which she considers to be unfair and unhealthy, among other things. While celebrities like Jennifer Lopez have stood by her side, others have made a point to scrutinize her, such as actress Kirstie Alley.