Tonight on 'Scientology and the Aftermath': When the fraud & abuse becomes overwhelming - 2016-12-13
Last night, A&E fed the huge fascination for its new series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath with a remarkable sneak peek of tonight's third episode. The network played the first fifteen minutes of the episode, which featured Remini and Mike Rinder explaining to executive producer Alex Weresow how Scientology's "Bridge to Total Freedom" was laid out, including the ludicrous prices that Scientologists are expected to pay.
We're super impressed with how Remini and Rinder have convinced a bunch of reality-TV folks used to less serious fare (Weresow's previous credits include Celebrity Wife Swap) to create a show that is methodically and systematically taking apart the Scientology story, from how it sucks people in and takes over their lives to how it rips families apart.
In tonight's episode, Remini and Rinder keep the education going with their explanations about how Scientologists must pay enormous amounts, often for courses that they've been forced to redo, or for books that they already own copies of. Members also pay ridiculous amounts to be interrogated so that the church has a file of their most damaging secrets. "You may be paying someone $800 an hour to sit and interrogate you," Rinder says. "If you keep doing that to someone, you get them to the point where they will say basically anything in order to put an end to it."