A&E is bringing its hit investigative docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath to a close after three seasons and 36 episodes with a two-hour series finale special.
The series has followed actress and former Church of Scientology member Leah Remini (pictured) along with other former members as they seek to expose the organization’s alleged misdeeds.
Remini left Scientology in 2013, after joining with her parents as a child. In her bestselling memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Remini details her experiences within the organization, including the millions of dollars she contributed to the church and the retaliation she faced for asking about the mysterious disappearance of church leader David Miscavige’s wife Shelly.
In the series, she is joined by other former members who share their stories of abuse at the hands of Scientology. The finale will be filmed, for the first time, in front of a live studio audience, where Remini and EP Mike Rinder will speak with former members about how the church has hindered efforts by members to be heard publicly.
Remini was a keynote speaker at Relascreen‘s Realscreen West conference in 2018, soon after signing a first-look development deal at A&E following the huge success of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
The show won an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special in 2017 and was nominated again in 2018 and 2019.
It is produced for A&E Network by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Remini serves as executive producer for her No Seriously Productions. Executive producers for IPC are Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman. Ray Dotch serves as executive producer. Chris Rowe and Mike Rinder serve as co-executive producers. Executive producers for A&E Network are Devon Hammonds, Amy Savitsky and EVP and head of programming Elaine Frontain Bryant. A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.
“Mike and I will always be grateful to A&E for giving us a platform to expose Scientology and give the victims a chance to be heard. Without the A&E team’s support The Aftermath wouldn’t be what we intended. We recognized it was time to move on to the next chapter and help people in new ways,” said Remini in a statement. “We thank our viewers for caring in the way that you do. It means everything to us. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t have people stop us with a ‘thank you for doing what you guys are doing’ and it’s your support that gives us our strength to carry on. And carry on, we will.”
“Leah, Mike and all the contributors who have courageously shared their stories with us over the past 30 episodes exemplify A&E’s mission to be a home for brave storytellers to share their truths no matter the obstacles,” added Frontain Bryant. “We can’t thank Leah and the team at IPC enough for creating this groundbreaking series.”
The two-hour series finale special of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath will air Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
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