Former Scientologist and King of Queens actress Leah Remini will star in her own television series about her 30 years with the controversial Church of Scientology, which she left in 2013.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Remini has been filming the series over the course of the summer, with an anticipated premiere date in early 2017.
The series will reportedly focus on her experiences with the controversial religion, as well as the Church of Scientology’s effects on its closest adherents.
Remini — who wrote a book in 2015 about the highly secretive and controversial church, which boasts celebrity devotees like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Juliette Lewis and Jenna Elfman — left the religion three years ago and has conducted extensive media interviews about her experiences.
The Church issued a full response to Remini’s book last year.
“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,” Scientology said in a statement.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that the upcoming series is being produced by Remini and reality TV veteran/All3Media America alum Eli Holzman and partner Aaron Saidman under their young IPC (The Intellectual Property Corporation) banner.
Actresses Katie Holmes and Nazanin Boniadi have also recently left the religion.
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney released an HBO exposé on Scientology last year. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief details the behind-the-scenes workings of the controversial church, including allegations of harassment, intimidation and threats of excommunication for family members of those who leave.
Gibney’s film also made several explosive allegations regarding its most devoted celebrity adherents, including Cruise and Travolta. Going Clear went on to win three Emmy Awards.
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