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The Church of Scientology will reportedly get its own 24-hour cable channel starting this summer — following a year of worse-than-usual PR for the church, after former member and actress Leah Remini aired her very critical take on the church in an A&E reality show.
Scientology expert Tony Ortega reports he got word of the church’s plans for a cable channel from a tipster who pointed him to a search on the Spectrum — previously Time Warner Cable — channel guide that now shows the Scientology Media Productions TV Schedule. The programming is all “TBA,” but the network is expected to be churning out Scientology content by the summer, according to Ortega.
Leah Remini isn't backing down. Nearly four years after leaving the Church of Scientology, the controversial religion's most high-profile defector is ramping up her effort to blow the whistle on stories of abuse, misconduct and retribution — locking in a renewal deal for an expanded second season for her A&E exposé, Scientology and the Aftermath.
"The way the organization has responded without taking responsibility for what they do to people, I need to continue," Remini tells THR. "It would be another [scenario] if they stopped trying to discredit everyone's stories and said, 'If you don't like it, don't be part of Scientology."
The same tipster, Ortega posted on his Underground Bunker blog Wednesday, attended a birthday event for the church’s notorious deceased founder, L. Ron Hubbard, earlier this month, at which the church’s current controversial leader, David Miscavige, promised his followers a TV channel by summer 2017. Miscavige, according to Ortega’s tipster, “ran down a list of shows which would be appearing on the channel, including programming by Freedom magazine, 9 hours of L. Ron Hubbard biographical episodes, the ‘Meet a Scientologist’ series, episodes about each Ideal Org, and videos about the church’s ‘Fourth Dynamic Campaigns.’” Or as Ortega explains it, “outreach and expansion.”