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Leah Remini’s A&E Scientology Series Renewed for Season 3
A&E is sticking with Leah Remini's unscripted scientology series.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has been renewed for a third season on the cable network. The news was announced ahead of A+E Networks' upfront on Wednesday, which comes just as the company's CEO Nancy Dubuc is leaving to become the CEO of Vice Media, with Abbe Raven stepping in as interim chairman.
Remini, who in recent years has become one of the controversial religion's most high-profile defectors, has used her A&E series as a platform to blow the whistle on stories of abuse, misconduct and retribution within the Church of Scientology. Aftermath first premiered in November 2016 and received a season two renewal in March 2017. Details are not yet known about what's in store for season three of the reality series.
The pickup also comes days after the Church launched Scientology TV, a network dedicated to the religion. On its Monday evening launch, one program featured a message from Church leader David Miscavige, marking a rare on-camera appearance for the mysterious figure. The network, which had been rumored for some time, is now available to watch via Apple TV, Roku and DirectTV.
A&E also announced Wednesday that it has greenlighted four new original nonfiction projects: Many Sides of Jane, The Accused, Employable Me and Lost for Life.