The Hollywood Reporter spilled the beans today that A&E has ordered a second season of Leah Remini’s Scientology and the Aftermath, which seemed like an obvious choice after how well the first season performed with viewers. THR says the second season will have ten episodes and will air this summer.
Remini’s show premiered as the most-watched first episode of an A&E series in two years with about 2 million viewers. Over the next eight episodes it held that audience very well at about 1.5 million to 1.75 million viewers an episode. The show was such a surprise hit, the network scrambled and produced two special one-hour episodes to give the hosts, Remini and Mike Rinder, an opportunity to answer questions from viewers.
We’ve pointed out before that although some of the stories Remini and Rinder presented were not new to Scientology watchers, there was something about the way Remini made it personal that made for great television and introduced Scientology’s controversies to an entire new audience that hadn’t already seen HBO’s 2015 documentary Going Clear, which featured some of the same people.
Remini, we hear, is going to try and push things this season with fewer looks into the past and more stories that are happening right now. So we wanted to get some ideas from our very knowledgeable readership: What are some of the Scientology stories you’d like to see Remini and Rinder tackle in their upcoming shows?
Let us know in the comments.
Previously: Tell us your favorite episode from season one.
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