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Paul Haggis and Lawrence Wright on NBC's Rock Center January 17

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The folks over at NBC’s Rock Center were good enough to send us this promo this afternoon…

…just as we were about to walk into a 3-hour movie. Oh well. So you’ve probably already heard this news. But heck, there’s still plenty of time to talk about how great it is that Paul Haggis talked to Harry Smith about leaving Scientology, and that Larry Wright will also be featured. Some other ex-Scientologists were also interviewed, we hear, but we don’t know if they’ll be included in this show.

We’re very familiar with Haggis’s story as told by Wright two years ago in the New Yorker, and we have to wonder how much of this show will be new to us. But just think of the reach! Even from this short clip, we can see how credible Haggis seems, and with Scientology’s PR team in disarray, there’s just no way they’re going to have much of a comeback to this.

Wednesday night, January 16 Nancy Many’s docudrama will air on ID. Thursday the 17th is the official launch of Wright’s book, which should be accompanied by a blizzard of features and reviews around the country. And we’re also expecting a couple of other bombs to land soon, and we’d hate to spoil the surprise on them. Let’s just say one involves a huge project by a certain formidable daily newspaper, and another is a magazine-style investigation by a certain buzzy website.

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And on top of that Jenna Miscavige Hill’s memoir is still to come on February 5.

The funny thing is, it’s still not enough. We want more, MORE!

 

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