Leah Remini TV series about how Scientology rips families apart

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini is shooting a TV series about Scientology

    By Tony Ortega, June 27, 2016


    We’ve known for more than a year that a television series about Scientology’s disconnection policy has been in production, and that it has run into pushback by the church. (You may remember an earlier story about Karen de la Carriere receiving a threat letter from Scientology, even though she’s not involved in the production of the series.)

    We actually know quite a bit about this series, but we’ve done a little consulting work for the company producing it, and we’re not at liberty to tell you much about it.

    But what’s especially exciting for Scientology watchers is that the same network is also developing another series, also about the way Scientology rips apart families, and this one is being produced by former Scientology celebrity Leah Remini. We broke the news in 2013 that Leah ditched Scientology, which she had grown up in. The King of Queens actress came out with a bestselling memoir last November, Troublemaker, with juicy anecdotes about what it was like to be a celebrity in a celebrity-obsessed church.

    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?

    More here, with open comments:

    Here's a 2015 thread that's related:

    "Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology" book by Leah Remini

    Here's another thread, from 2013:

    Leah Remini Files Missing Person Report on Shelly Miscavige
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  2. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Most welcome news!
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  3. anon8109 Member

    Win after win!

  4. RightOn Member

  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini Set To Reveal Scientology Secrets In New Television Series

    The actress is reportedly producing the top-secret show herself.

    By Radar Staff, June 27, 2016


    Look out David Miscavige, Leah Remini may be getting ready to spill all-new Scientology secrets!

    According to Scientology reporter Tony Ortega, the actress, who left the church in 2013, is currently producing a television series on the organization’s “disconnection” process, a policy that forces families to stop all contact from relatives who choose to leave the church.

    Continued here, with open comments:
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  6. RightOn Member

    Moist with visions of poodle tears
  7. Leah Remini Is Producing a New TV Series About the 'Way Scientology Rips Apart Families.'

    Jezebel: Leah Remini Is Producing a New TV Series About the 'Way Scientology Rips Apart Families'

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    Three years after leaving Scientology—and just eight months after releasing a memoir about her departure—Leah Remini is “shooting” a television series about the church and how it destroys families.

    Tony Ortega, a journalist who has covered Scientology for decades and who appeared in the documentary Going Clear, reported the news on his blog on Monday morning, writing:

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  8. Leah Remini Is Producing A TV Show About Scientology.

    LAist: Leah Remini Is Producing A TV Show About Scientology

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    Actress Leah Remini left Scientology three years ago and has since dished out some of their dirty secrets on TV and in a tell-all memoir. She's now channeling some of these personal traumas into a more creative outlet.

    Journalist Tony Ortega, who has reported on Scientology for over two decades, has the scoop on his blog The Underground Bunker, saying Remini is working on a show "about the way Scientology rips apart families."

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  9. Leah Remini Is Making A TV Show About How Scientology ‘Rips Apart Families’

    UPROXX: Leah Remini Is Making A TV Show About How Scientology ‘Rips Apart Families’

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    BY: PHOENIX TSO 06.27.16

    Actress Leah Remini has been vocal about how messed up she feels Scientology is since she left the religion in 2013. In a 20/20 interview last year, Remini spoke about the punishing conditions she endured in the church’s Sea Org, and that time Katie Holmes wrote her up to Scientology brass over an incident that happened at her wedding to Tom Cruise. Now Remini is producing a TV show about Scientology around the theme of how it “rips apart families.” Sounds like this will be a bit heavier than The King of Queens.

    According to The Underground Bunker, journalist Tony Ortega’s website that’s dedicated to exposing Scientology, Remini’s series is already shooting, and will appear on the same network as another show about Scientology’s disconnection policy.

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  10. Leah Remini Is Apparently Filming Footage for a Show About How Scientology Tears Families Apart.

    New York Magazine: Leah Remini Is Apparently Filming Footage for a Show About How Scientology Tears Families Apart

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    Looks like Leah Remini has begun collecting footage for a new television series on the Church of Scientology.

    According to The Underground Bunker, Remini has been shooting for the new show, which focuses on how Scientology tears families apart.

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  11. JohnnyRUClear Member

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  12. anon8109 Member

    I never cease to be amazed at how far Leah Remini has gone to publicly criticize the scientology corporation at the risk of hurting her own career.

    That is a woman with the courage of her convictions, and not just some cardboard cutout celebrity.

    BRAVO Leah!
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  13. RightOn Member

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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini To Piss Off Tom Cruise For An Eternity With Reported Scientology Series

    It’s all about the way the church “rips apart families.”


    Leah Remini isn’t done telling all.

    The self-proclaimed troublemaker is reportedly helming a new TV series about “the way Scientology rips apart families” — a subject with which she is all too familiar. Journalist Tony Ortega, who lent his expertise to the 2015 Scientology exposé “Going Clear,” wrote in a blog post Monday morning that production for the series is already underway.

    “We’ve confirmed that Leah’s series is currently shooting footage and appears to be on a fast track,” Ortega stated.

    Remini, inducted by her mother into Scientology at age 9, was one of its most visible and relatable faces until she made her exit from the church in 2013. Allegedly, the straw that broke Xenu’s back came when the actress challenged Scientology leader David Miscavige, who subjected her to “years of ‘interrogations’ and ‘thought modifications‘“ and eventually blacklisted her from the organization.

    After 30 years in the church, Remini wished to save her own children from a similar fate, but her decision to leave was not without difficult consequences.

    “As time goes on, you start to lose touch with the real world. The mindset becomes ‘us against them,’” Remini revealed in an ABC 20/20 special in 2015. “The decision to leave is you are giving up everything you have ever known and everything you have worked for your whole life.”

    The Huffington Post has reached out to Remini’s representation and will update the post accordingly.

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  15. tippytoe Member

    Posting in AWESOME thread!
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  16. Leah Remini Still Has Scientology By The Balls.

    The Superficial: Leah Remini Still Has Scientology By The Balls

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    *cue Star Wars theme*
    With Galactic Space Lord TOM CRUISE banished
    to the outer reaches of Florida, intrepid SCIENTOLOGY escapee
    LEAH REMINI has enacted plans to film a new television series exposing the
    destructive effects of the CHURCH OF L. RON on families. Tony Ortega reports…

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  17. Leah Remini Is Still Not Done Ripping Scientology A New One.

    Refinery 29: Leah Remini Is Still Not Done Ripping Scientology A New One

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    Apparently, Leah Remini still has plenty to say about her experience with Scientology. So much, in fact, that she is reportedly producing a show on the subject.

    Tony Ortega, a journalist who has long covered the controversial faith and appears in the 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear, announced via his blog today that The King of Queens star is currently working on a series "about the way Scientology rips apart families."

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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

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  20. Actor Raffy Ganimian says his cousins Scientology disconnected from him, his friend was banned the set, and his "affiliations" lose work because he worked for Leah Remini.



    Raffy Ganimian's IMDb page states he appeared on Leah Remini's show It's All Relative:

    Raffy Ganimian - IMDb


    Raffy Ganimian Website
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  21. Leah Remini has retweeted Raffy Ganimian.

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  22. I created a thread about this, including Leah Remini's retweets

    I thought of adding it here, but thought Raffy deserved his own thread and improved Google indexing. Also waiting for more info.
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  24. White Tara Global Moderator

    Threads merged
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  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Kirstie Alley Ex-Husband Parker Stevenson Scientology Fight Over Son & Grandson | Radar Online

    Quote: has exclusively learned Kirstie Alley‘s ex-husband, Parker Stevenson, is terrified the Church of Scientology has snatched his grandson!

    “Parker’s been having family meetings to try and come up with a plan to save this baby!” a source told Radar.

    The Hardy Boys star, who split from Alley in 1997, is so scared her church cronies have taken newborn Waylon Tripp Parker that he’s enlisted former Scientologist Leah Remini in his desperate scheme.

    “Leah told Parker he’s going to have to bide his time and not do anything rash right now, or the Scientologists will get an even firmer grip on the kids and the new baby,” said a friend of rebel Remini, who left the church in 2013.

    Baby Waylon’s dad is Stevenson and Alley’s son, True, 23. He’s been sequestered at the L.A. Scientology Center since Waylon’s June 21 birth. True and his sister, Lillie, 22, both grew up in Scientology — and Stevenson wants to rescue them and his grandson before it’s too late.

    Leah is rabidly anti-Scientology, and she has been guiding Parker on how to extract his kids from the church,” the friend of the actress said. “They both know it’s dangerous to mess with the church and are proceeding with caution.”

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  27. anon8109 Member

    If the parents are homo novii there's not much that the grandfather can do to take their baby away from them short of proving to a court that the parents are unfit, which isn't very likely..

    It's a bit silly to claim that the baby has been snatched by scientology.
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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Entertainment Tonight has picked up the story. While their article is pretty much what has already been reported, it will be seen by a lot of people.

    Leah Remini Reportedly Producing TV Series on Scientology and 'How It Rips Apart Families'

    "Remini is working on a television series about how Scientology rips apart families," Ortega tells ET, who admits he's known of the project for quite some time. "After I talked to a family recently that had been filmed for the series, I decided it was time to say something. I think it's going to be a great show, and I look forward to seeing it."
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  29. JohnnyRUClear Member

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  30. anon8109 Member

    The problem is that when critics exaggerate they lose credibility.
    The truth about scientology is so outlandish and crazy already that there's truly no need for exaggeration.

    Tony Ortega has emphasized this point many times, and called out publications that print half-truths and unsubstantiated rumors.
    This is one of the reasons he has become the go-to critic for scientology information. He has a reputation for getting as close to the truth as possible, and thus is trusted and respected.
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  31. I generally agree with anon8109.

    However, the question of whether the news story is, in fact, true is separate from the issue of whether Parker Stevenson is likely to be successful. I agree he is very unlikely to be successful UNLESS he can convince his children, the parents of his grandchild, to leave Scientology. I suspect (and this is just wild speculation) Leah Remini so advised him. In any event, the article indicates she advised him to play it cool for now.

    I've seen one tweet from someone I recognize as a critic, and NOT a Scientologist, that criticized Parker Stevenson. Assuming the article is true, I can understand his thinking. I've known non-Scientologist, pseudo-Scientologist, pretend Scientologist, under-the-radar Scientologist family members keep their mouths shut for years, and indeed decades, from fear of disconnection and thinking that eventually their loved ones would wake up. Sometimes they snap -- something pushes them over the edge. Assuming the story is true, I can understand Parker Stevenson hitting his breaking point and deciding that he doesn't want yet another generation of his family, a baby who has no choice, to be inculcated into Scientology. He also may far more about Scientology than he did years ago when he made different choices.

    Just some thoughts.
  32. Inqusitr has picked up the Radar Online story:

  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's a piece that's refreshingly candid and in the closing paragraph, compassionate:

    Leah Remini is making a TV doc about Scientology’s effect on families | Cele|bitchy


    I really appreciate how brave Leah Remini was to leave Scientology and speak out about the cult. She turned the conversation around on Scientology, and that was truly brave. However I tried to watch her VH1 reality show focusing on her family life, which she executive produced, and it was… not good. Maybe I have little patience for reality shows, which is true, but that’s why I’m not 100% sold on this new documentary Leah Remini is making, which will focus on the ways Scientology breaks up families when one member wants out of the cult. The practice is called called disconnection, Scientology denies they do it just like they deny all the other human rights abuses they commit, but there’s plenty of evidence for it and Leah is currently making a documentary about it. There’s also another documentary about the same Scientology disconnection process in the works, and it will feature different families. Scientology expert, journalist Tony Ortega, has the news.


    I will watch the first episode of Leah’s new show and give it a chance. She deserves so much credit for putting everything on the line to speak out against Scientology, and she must have some incredible and heartbreaking stories of ex-members to share. Leah is somewhat insulated by her celebrity and her wealth, and I’m sure it’s so much worse for people who work countless hours for little to no pay who try to leave the cult with no money and no connections. Maybe, by sharing their stories, Leah can help. The pressure needs to continue on Scientology so that this criminal organization can ultimately be disbanded.

    Here's the full article, with open comments:
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  34. JohnnyRUClear Member

    You missed my point. It wasn't the critics who were exaggerating; it was the media. Let them wave their hands in the air. :D

    Still, ultimately, it is best to strive for accuracy. My comment was intended to be tongue-in-cheek.
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  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    Leah Remini to turn Scientology experience into a TV show? | Fox News


    Actress Leah Remini has hardly kept quiet since she left the Church of Scientology. Now, she’s rumored to be producing a series about the way the church allegedly tears families apart.

    News of the series was announced on journalist Tony Ortega’s blog, “The Underground Bunker,” which primarily covers the Scientology world. It was Ortega who broke the news that Remini was leaving the Church in 2013.

    Ortega told FOX411 via email that he can’t divulge much about Remini’s series, but did speak with a family participating in the show. “I talked to a family last week that was filmed for Leah's show, and that's when I decided to say something, when I realized Leah was already shooting footage,” he said.

    But will Remini’s spotlight on the religion help or hurt ex-Scientologists’ mission to take down the church?

    Steven Hassan, author of “Combating Cult Mind Control,” said such a series could have a mixed effect.

    “In my experience, doing media does get the cult’s attention on the specific members, and I would predict Scientology leadership will not wish members to watch segments produced about them,” he said. “But sometimes this backfires, and can move some people further out of the group, especially if they are on the fence. Unfortunately, with Scientology, [leadership] could further restrict access to the outside world.”

    Rick Ross, founder and executive director of the Cult Education Institute, said a series on how Scientology treats families is much-needed.

    “The public should know that Scientology has routinely declared people SP (a suppressive person) and then encouraged Scientologists, including family members, to disconnect from SPs or risk being labeled a PTS (Potential Trouble Source). This policy has hurt many families,” he said. “Exposing the pain is a public service. A victim suffering in silence is not a solution.”

    Hassan said he hopes Remini’s rumored series comes to fruition. “I have my fingers crossed for Leah’s project,” he said.


    Leah Remini and Church of Scientology did not return FOX411’s request for comment.
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  36. Random guy Member

    Oh man, Miscavige should not have tried to steamroll her!
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  37. RightOn Member

    Sadly, there are going to be a number of people who are going to say "well why did you get your kids involved in a cult in the first place?"
    So I hope that Leah can sneak in and include the fact that the COS uses child labor and that some of the tax payer's dollars goes towards picking up the slack for the cult's tax free properties. AND also that children are put on the RPF.
    YES I KNOW this show is about ripping families apart, but like I have always said, if you want people to pay attention and not say what I quoted above, tell them where their OWN money is going and that kids are used for slave labor. You need to pull on people's wallets and heart strings.
    Mentioning these two things will REALLY piss people off without them saying, "crazy cult people, they get their kids in, and then they can't get them out! DUH! Serves them right"
    I am REALLY looking forward to Leah's show and I wish her love and luck and huge kudos for her continued bravery in bringing down the cult.
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  38. One possible response to that which is increasingly, albeit obviously not always, true is that the parents who got their kids into Scientology were themselves gotten into Scientology when they (i.e., the now parents) were kids. It is now at the point were there are a lot of third generation Scientologists -- i.e., the grandparents got in when they were adults (albeit often very young adults), who then got their kids in, who then got there kids in. The second and third generations knew nothing else. It is amazing how isolated Scientology families, and particularly children, can be in a city the size of Los Angeles.

    That would have been basically the case with Leah and her daughter Sophia had Leah not been smart and strong enough to get her entire family out of Scientology. Leah was dragged into Scientology by her mother when Leah was nine years old. If Leah had waited too late, and lost her daughter Sophia to Scientology and possibly later disconnection, I don't know that anyone could place much blame on Leah.
  39. RightOn Member

    of course!
    people who know how the COS works, like the people on WWP and some others know all about it.
    I am talking about the way some general public think who do not know/realize the 2nd and 3rd generation thang and how they got in, nor do they care
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