A new TV series is taking on the weird world of Scientology. According to The Underground Bunker—a website that specializes in breaking news about the controversial Church of Scientology—actress Leah Remini is currently making a new TV show about how Scientology destroys families.
Remini famously left the church in 2013 after spending most of her life as a Scientologist, and wrote an explosive tell-all last fall called Troublemaker about her time with the group. The new series reportedly focuses on the practice of “disconnection” in which officials persuade members of the church to cut ties with family and friends who are critical of the church.
Since the release of her book, Scientology officials have called her a “bitter ex-Scientologist” who is “exploiting her former religion,” though, she is not alone in exposing concerning actions by the group's leadership.
The HBO documentary Going Clear, which featured interviews with former celebrities and members of Scientology, won an Emmy for Best Documentary for showing the treatment of former members and the harassment they faced after leaving.
There’s no word yet on what network will air Remini’s new show or when it will premiere. Discuss
Former Late Show host David Letterman says that late-night TV needs more diversity.
The now-bearded retiree recently sat down with NBC News’ Tom Brokaw for an extended Dateline interview, and implied that he thinks his former show should have been handed off to a female comedian instead of Stephen Colbert.
I don't know why they didn't give my show to a woman. That would have been fine. You know, I'm happy for their success. And they're doing things I couldn't do. So that's great.
But, aside from advocating for women on the landscape, Letterman didn’t really seem all that interested in talking about late-night TV (“The first day of Stephen's show when he went on the air—an energy left me.”)
He told Brokaw,
I couldn't care less about late-night television. I’m happy for the guys—men and women—there should be more women … They didn't ask me about anything. They were just—they were just happy I was going.
Letterman’s not the first one to call for more women to host late-night shows. Samantha Bee, the host of TBS’ Full Frontal, made headlines earlier this year when she Photoshopped herself (as a laser-eyed centaur) into a Vanity Fair spread that featured 10 men who hosted late-night shows. The image she sent out on Twitter soon went viral. She explained to The Daily Beast, “I just felt so tired of it. It really just came from a place of exhaustion and feeling ignored.” Discuss
Last night, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon both opened their late night comedy shows in a way that is unique for them both: They got serious, and addressed the tragedy in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub by a terrorist this weekend.
They both did a pretty great job.
Though they each took their own approaches to addressing the worst mass shooting in American history, their openers both had the same theme: The need to overcome hate with love.
So much for Texas forever. Several cast members from the beloved television drama Friday Night Lightsreunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin this weekend, and in addition to reminiscing about the series, basically confirmed it’s never, ever coming back. For years, there had been rumors of a reboot or even a spin-off, but it looks like now, those dreams are dead.
Taylor Kitsch bluntly told fans, “I’ll never play Riggins again.” Minka Kelly (who played Lyla Garrity) added, “I think some things are better left [with people] wanting more.”
Despite crushing our hopes of ever returning to Dillon, the reunion did look like a lot of fun. Along with throwing a large tailgate party on the same football field where the series was shot, there was an exclusive performance from the greatest Christian rock band in the state of Texas, Crucifictorious.