Leah Remini’s show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath had a very successful first season run and tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the A&E Network, airs a special two-hour episode. The show explores individual accounts of former members of the Church of Scientology, in addition to stories from people who have been impacted by the Church’s practices. Tonight’s special is titled “Merchants of Fear” and the plot description reads:
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder explore the historical relationship between the Church of Scientology and its often vocal critics; guests describe their experiences investigating controversial stories about the Church, and how the Church responded.
According to A&E, there will be a sneak peek at season 2 during tonight’s special. Deadline reports that the show is currently in production for the second season, but a new premiere date has not yet been revealed. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President & Head of Programming of A&E Network, talked about the decision to renew the series, stating that:
The critical and ratings success of this show speaks to television viewers’ increasing thirst for authentic and distinctive storytelling. Through Leah’s passion and perseverance she has boldly empowered so many people to step forward and we’re eager to share more of those compelling stories with a new season.
In addition, Remini released a statement to A&E, which was that:
It became clear to us that although we were telling painful stories of former members of the Church of Scientology, this show was resonating strongly with people everywhere. The show is really about standing up for what is right and not letting bullies have their way. I feel it is important for people to know that you can take action to bring about change, both for yourself and for others. Our intention is to send a clear message to abusers that they will not go unchecked and will not be permitted to continue harming people without being questioned and challenged. We have been deluged with messages from those who have stories to tell who feel the show is a forum where their voices can be heard. We have been overwhelmed with support from well-wishers and fans of the show from around the world. But most importantly we felt compelled to proceed with another season to continue to reveal truths and seek justice for all victims.
For tonight’s special, be sure to tune in to the A&E Network from 9 – 11 p.m. ET/PT.