Leah Remini’s “Scientology and the Aftermath” has been renewed by A&E for a 10-episode second season.
And why not? In late November, the expose series scored the cable channel’s top TV ratings for a series premiere in two years.
“The critical and ratings success of this show speaks to television viewers’ increasing thirst for authentic and distinctive storytelling,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP & head of Programming, A&E Network. “Through Leah’s passion and perseverance she has boldly empowered so many people to step forward and we’re eager to share more of those compelling stories with a new season.”
“It became clear to us that although we were telling painful stories of former members of the Church of Scientology, this show was resonating strongly with people everywhere. The show is really about standing up for what is right and not letting bullies have their way. I feel it is important for people to know that you can take action to bring about change, both for yourself and for others,” said Remini, who quit the Church last fall.
“Our intention is to send a clear message to abusers that they will not go unchecked and will not be permitted to continue harming people without being questioned and challenged. We have been deluged with messages from those who have stories to tell who feel the show is a forum where their voices can be heard. We have been overwhelmed with support from well-wishers and fans of the show from around the world. But most importantly we felt compelled to proceed with another season to continue to reveal truths and seek justice for all victims.”
The eight-episode first season followed the “King of Queens” alum and other high-level former Scientology executives and Church members, as they explore stories of abuse and harassment those who have left the Church say they have endured.
The Church has adamantly denied the stories portrayed in the new A&E reality series, even setting up a website stating that the show is “nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction.”
There were also title cards throughout the premiere episode stating Scientology’s leaders deny the statements made by Remini and those she interviewed.
“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” is produced for A&E Network by The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman. Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Alex Weresow serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Remini is represented by APA, who also packaged the series.
THR first reported the renewal news.