In the Spotlight|March 06, 2014 01:44 EST
Leah Remini Scientology: Actress Gets TLC Reality Show Gig After Leaving Faith (VIDEO)
Actress Leah Remini will star in a new reality TV series for TLC, set to premiere this summer. Remini is best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan of CBS's hit sitcom "King of Queens," as well as a very memorable stint as Stacey Carosi on "Saved by the Bell," a season co-hosting CBS's "The Talk," and performing on "Dancing With the Stars" Season 17.
The Untitled Leah Remini Project on TLC will include Remini's husband of 10 years, Angelo Pagan, a devoted father who helps run their family restaurant, and Sofia, their little 9-year-old daughter.
The show will also star Remini's mother who is not afraid to express her opinion, her stepfather, her sister and her brother-in-law.
"Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mom, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humor and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network," said Nancy Daniels, general manager of TLC. "This series continues our focus on creating compelling series about remarkable families, using heart and humor to anchor it to the TLC brand."
The network has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of the Untitled Leah Remini Project, which is being produced by Gurney Productions, the same company behind A&E hit series "Duck Dynasty." Production starts today, and the show is likely to debut this summer on TLC.
Her husband, mother, and sister were also discussed in the BuzzFeed interview as members of the Church of Scientology, and Remini mentioned her daughter Sofia as a motivating force to leave after 30 years.
"I don't want to be known as this bitter, ex-Scientologist," said Leah Remini to BuzzFeed over a recent lunch at the Sunset Tower hotel in Los Angeles. "I'm not trying to bash anybody and I'm not trying to be controversial. I just want people to know the truth."
This will not be Remini's first time starring a reality TV show. Remini allowed VH1 cameras to follow her for their "Inside Out" documentary series while she planned her wedding ceremony in 2003. In addition, Remini and her husband also allowed VH1 to film a reality series when they were trying to get pregnant, and throughout her pregnancy and delivery of Sophia the year of 2004.
"People are somewhat familiar with my family through the VH1 specials we did, and we are hoping that with our TLC show, you feel we are sharing our family with yours," Remini said regarding the announcement.