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Leah Remini’s second season of ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ — what do you want to see in it?

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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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,690 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,793 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,287 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,327 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,039 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 506 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,624 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,794 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,114 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,089 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 445 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,747 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 854 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,256 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,129 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 710 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,215 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,459 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,568 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 15, 2017 at 09:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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  • Peter Barnes

    mark isham and his deceit. the elfman family.but the most important thing what the hell is going on in the monique rathbun trial?

  • MrsLurksALot

    Sorry to be late to the party……I’m so happy that Leah and Mike will be able to continue their COS exposé series, what wonderful news. The “church” is losing their shit over this, it is kinda awesome. I’d like to see more about the treatment of the elderly within the organization. I remember a story but not the details about an old Sea Org member with dementia or Alzheimer’s, who they took to a restaurant across a state border and just left her there…..alone. Also, how the COS provides no retirement package, no medical benefits and John Q. Taxpayer has to further foot the bill for care. All the time, the “church” has hundreds of millions of dollars stuffed away somewhere. It infuriates me and I think this elder abuse would further infuriate the masses who tune in. Anywho, off to work. Have a great day, Bunker.

  • Snuzey

    The worst thing that Scn Inc would have happen is that they lose their tax-free status. So in my eyes, do whatever it takes to put pressure on that aspect. Show corruption. Get evidence of inurement. Go after them on that. Losing tax free status would definitely be the beginning of the end. Hit them where it hurts the most. It’s the question that most people have. Why are they tax free?

    • WhatAreYourCrimes

      100% agree. An angle of attack might be as follows: You, an honest tax payer, has to pay just a little extra every year, because that sick cult has tax-free status. And while you work a little harder, David Miscavige lives like a pampered king, all the while abusing and ruining lives. The outrage that the ordinary person would feel might be just enough to get them to write a letter to a politician and law enforcement.

  • Opticheart

    I’d like to know about the “hole”. How people can remain disappeared for years and no one tries to get them out, no one reports them missing and they are left to rot for years. Especially the executives before DM. I’d like to learn about their “front” organizations and Narconon.

  • aquaclara

    1. Jenna. Derek. The lives of kids raised in this organization.
    2. Those who found the schools and education left them unprepared for real life.
    3. Businesses destroyed- the Florida veterinarian.
    4. The hours kids and adults work at meaningless jobs for no pay.
    5. The influence over law enforcement and how that destroys people, communities and trust. Why people have to escape.
    Just a few ideas.

  • Rebecca Young

    Leah will do great no matter what she discusses because she is brave enough to raise the issue!!! Go Leah!
    I wish to see an episode that is devoted to those who a missing, imprisoned or vanished from Scientology. It’s not just Shelly. Rena, mkt VP has also been missing since around Cruise’s wedding.
    BUT EVEN MORE, I wish someone would address the issue of children being robbed of their childhood and raised by who knows what. When a parent gives up their child in Scientology and sometimes goes years without seeing them, who looks out for their safety from rape and molestation. I don’t believe for a second that it doesn’t happen and I do believe pedophiles go unpunished ruining innocent souls. You hear about Kutcher fighting child trafficking yet our country is breeding it but hiding behind religious rights. Somebody please.
    Oh the full description of how they stole their tax exemption, would be a great flick by itself too.

  • Big Burt

    More history about Hubbard that demonstrates that the insanity of the cult is/was always there, and that Miscavige is just a continuation of it. Convince A&E to ALSO produce a series of documentaries on topics such as Lisa McPherson, Operation Snow White, Operation Freakout, etc., etc., etc.

  • Feefee

    I’ve said this before, but I think people will be very interested to see in (some of the episodes of) season 2 how the show actually affected Scientology. After all, Scientologists love to throw out ( grossly inaccurate) stats, so why not hit them with some statistics showing how much of an impact the show has had on accelerating the process of bringing down this cult. Stats, like people who left, people who reported crimes, filed lawsuits, or those who finally came out from under the radar as a direct result of the show vs. new recruits to the COS would be very interesting.

  • What about what OSA did to basically harass, coerce and bully the IRS into submission in order to get tax exempt status? I don’t see the FBI or any agency growing a pair of balls until the IRS revokes their tax exempt status.

  • Carolina G. Nulatienpo

    if at all possible, please please talk about project channology. every episode i wait for them to bring up what they thought of the protests and how they feel about anonymous. i also would love to hear about jenna miscavige. would it be possible to do a story about tommy davis? also i would love an update about the search for shelly. aaron smith leven has such a different take on it than leah does. i would like to hear multiple view points on the situation. is anyone interested in gerry armstrong? he has a lot to say. i would love to hear from a recent defector of the sea org to see how things are these days. how about a story about how fucked up narconon is? can they visit the orgs with a hidden camera to show us how empty they are? will jason lee talk yet? i watch the show on a regular basis over and over and over again and i cant get enough of it. my favorite is the one with mark headly about the propaganda they put out. i wish there was more to say about that. anyway, whatever it is im gonna love it.

    • Erica

      aaron smith leven has such a different take on it than leah does.

      I must have missed this. Did he make a video about Shelly Miscavidge?

      will jason lee talk yet?

      Is there definitive proof he’s out? I don’t really follow the celebrity stuff all that much.

      ETA: Just googled it and see he’s been out since last year. Good for him!

      • Carolina G. Nulatienpo

        im sorry i forgot the particular podcast he was on. he said that basically its not a big deal that she’s away. she has a nice assignment in a remote place where she’s not getting stressed out. so its nothing sinister at all. I certainly hope thats the case. i also hope they talk about pat broeker and heber jensch. get him out of the hole!

  • WhatAreYourCrimes

    I’d LOVE to see Tom Cruise confronted about his slave labor provided by the cult. For example, how much was that sap paid for detailing the Chosen One’s vehicles/motorcycles? I bet that the delusional actor might not be able to “handle the truth”. The same goes for that sociopathic leader Miscavige… foe example, how much is his personal chef paid? (I think there is a woman out there, ex-member, who might be able to provide a pretty good interview about both of those two jack-asses. Poor Tom had a tummy ache, so she lost EVERYTHING.)

    • Carolina G. Nulatienpo

      yeah but the more i hear about tom cruise the more im starting to think that he’s a lot like miscavige. im sure that if he were confronted he would only deny. leah talks about how he was in her book and he’s kind of a bully behind the scenes. i have also heard that he read going clear and he thought it was boring. so he knows the truth, he just doesnt care.

      • WhatAreYourCrimes

        I think we all have to shatter our own illusions and images about people we thought we respected, and face the truth. Tom Cruise has an allure, but there are a few well known women in his life that realized that, behind the public image, he might be something the world might just abhor. My own opinion on him is that he is on a knife-edge of a decision… he has a choice either to embrace the cult and pretend to remain oblivious to all the lives that have been ruined, families torn apart, dreams shattered, human slavery, torture, — people have been forced to lick bathroom floors for fuck’s sake — OR he could choose to go down in history as a good man, betrayed, but who sought redemption, that helped to bring down something extremely sick and evil. It’s on him, not us.

        • Carolina G. Nulatienpo

          then if thats the case, i think he’s already decided.

  • Joe Hurtado

    Could one or two hours cover all of the shenanigans and deceit perpetrated by Operation Snow White against ordinary tax payers?

  • Shyla

    I wish they would find Shelley Miscavage. I know it’s probably impossible.

    • Carolina G. Nulatienpo

      me too, im dying to see her.

  • Park58

    I’d like for all scientology victims (of any form of abuse, unethical or illegal action(s)) to lawyer up and file a class action suit. Or at least to file suits individually. Just going to the police isn’t enough.

  • Spacer

    I’d like to see some of the empty, decaying Idle Morgues included and the millions gleaned from members of the cherch to pay for them when it’s not even registered in their names and they have to rent to use them. The real estate registered in the name of one of Miscavige’s entities – for whose benefit, exactly? I’d like to see Miscavige exposed as the liar he is when at events he uses these buildings as “proof” of “exponentially.

    I’d also like it to be generally known by the public and other powers that be how members are ripped off to donate to the IAS with stories that the money will be used to assist the masses in tragic circumstances – when we all know this is not the case. I’d like the question of where this money actually goes and for whose benefit to be left hanging loud and clear.

    • Carolina G. Nulatienpo

      couldnt agree more. i really wanna see those empty orgs. and i would love to see the truth of the “help” co$ gives in a disaster. leah couldnt even get a picture of co$ handing some one a bottle of water.

  • Lisa2468

    We want to see more of Leah’s story and more of her family. How did they all get out together and what did it take for each one of them?
    Also, more about children inside and their education.
    More of Ron Miscavage to learn about his son.

  • Silence of the Clams

    Tax exempt status.

    Hands down, the most significant thing Leah could accomplish is to tackle this topic over the course of the second season. I doubt Leah would be brave enough to come to the admission that there should be no tax exemptions for believing in fairy tales (because even if you could prove a single one of these belief systems was true, it only means the rest are in fact, fairy tales) but I would love to see her confront some congressmen or women about this issue. I want to hear my elected officials explain how in the world this CULT deserves this status.

    Doubtful this will happen – but hopeful. The hard reality is once the “religion” of Scientology is unmasked, it doesn’t take a big leap of logic to start asking about talking snakes and 900 year old people living just a few thousand years ago.

  • tammi oh tammi

    The connection with The Nation of Islam. This is such a bizarre alliance.

    Also the practice of money lending between Scientologists. One I know was recently convinced by Sea Org members to pay (by way of deducting money she has on account with the CoS) for a set of The Basics for a struggling NOI member. I didn’t go well.

  • California


    Both the failure and deaths of the narconon drug “rehabilitation programs” and narconon drug education. Plus the new name for narconon using “drug free.” “Foundation for a drug-free world,” for example.

    Tax exempt status.

  • Jenny Daniels

    Sorry about being so late on this, but I hope that Mike and Leah can draw some attention to the plight of children not only of SO members, but also children of public scientologists who have absent parents, insufficient funds, and an unbelievable amount of pressure to get on course or into auditing that many of these kids face.
    Too long ago, but I’m a parent who made her 10 year old do the purif with her BECAUSE the child was better off spending 7-8 hours per day in the sauna with me than hanging around the org with all those scientologists corrupting him/her or worse yet being forced to be on course!
    What about couples broken up when one is a devoted member and the other either “blown” or never in?
    Life is hell for those kids too!

  • jayla72401

    You get their non-profit status pulled if you can get word out to lawmakers/enforcement about the inurement, in a BIG indisputable way.
    I got a personal callback in January from my congressman’s office (Rep Dave Brat) when I e-mailed him a note asking him to look into the inurement (have not followed up on what they’ve done, if they could even tell me, but they have never personally called me so they must have been quite curious).
    A special devoted to those that have seen the lavish lifestyles that DM lives, the empty buildings, etc., and can explain the freebies Cruise has received. I believe there is one man that can go through all of that in great detail-Interview with Brousseau.
    This would bring in lots of eyes because, frankly, it leads to Cruise’s doorstep and let’s not kid ourselves about Cruise being a huge draw for ratings. I really don’t care if they have to celebrity name drop so long as people are paying attention….and the word inurement is sprinkled all thoughout the interview with Brousseau.

  • Scarlet Jones

    Please investigate/discuss the various front groups of Scientology: Narcanon, Applied Scholastics, and there is even a “management group” for small business people that targets chiropractors called “Prescott Group”. I wish there was a list of all their names and what they do– besides suck people into CoS.

  • EspyOwl

    I would like to see more stories and families tell their story about cover ups in the church. But the biggest thing is the sexual misconduct and cover ups of rapes, molestation’s and suicides. There are 3 cover ups I know of and one of those 3 is my own first hand. A cover up that would have landed someone in jail with many people involved in the cover up. Some good people thinking they are doing the greatest good….. if I myself know of at least 3 incidents, how many more are out there? Even though I really have nothing left to lose, I am still terrified to go public for fear of now losing any future connection to my child and grandkids who have disconnected. There are so many people pretending to be in due to fear of losing a loved one or a job, if everyone would just say, “That’s it! No more!” maybe this would all just stop? I finally got to that point where I could just no longer take the pretending and living a lie. There are so many families torn apart who have lost so much to truly be free. You do actually start to feel free after you leave. I grieve the loss of my child and grandkids over this. Leah, if you are reading this, know that my courage is building due to your actions. Who knows, I might get to the point where I can fully tell my story someday as well. Thank you! You are appreciated so very much.

  • Dick Maxwell

    It would be great to see an episode focusing on the battle for Clearwater, LRH’s vision for the city, the methods used to get as far as they have and the perceived (real or cover) stupidity of the local government.

  • Steve

    Howabout a show in which we can all be directed to a Lawyer who will get our REFUNDS !!! I’ve been trying to get my refund for over a year. The Refund policy of the church states an almost immediate refund. You may also want to mention David Miscavige is an alcoholic.Everyone close to him has said he downs a bottle of liquor everyday.

  • JDM

    Tory magoo! 🙂 Shes so lovable!