Ex-Scientologists take on reality TV
London - Leah Remini is to star in her own reality TV show.
The 'Kings of Queens' actress, who quit Scientology last year, has been given 12 half-an-hour episode slots by TLC for her untitled programme, which began filming on Wednesday.
Nancy Daniels, TLC's manager, said: “Leah is a no-nonsense, hard-working, relatable mum, wife, daughter, and sister. Her sharp humour and unfiltered family are a perfect match for the network.”
The 43-year-old star will be joined by her husband Angelo - whom she has been married to for 10 years - and their feisty nine-year-old daughter Sofia, who “isn't afraid to keep her parents in check.”
The cameras will also capture Leah's opinionated mother, Vicky Marshall, unconventional father, George Remini, and her sister Nicole, who all talk in a secret coded language.
There will also be cameo appearances from Leah's housekeeper and personal assistant, and Sofia's impatient British nanny.
The brunette beauty hit the headlines last year after she dumped her religious organisation following years of abuse for questioning the actions of the Church leader, David Miscavige.
However, Leah is determined to ensure people see her for who she really is, rather than be known as a “bitter ex-Scientologist”.
She told Buzzfeed last week: “I don't want to be known as this bitter, ex-Scientologist.”
Meanwhile, Katie Holmes is reportedly in talks to launch her own reality show.
The 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' star is believed to be plotting to reinvent herself as America's next domestic goddess in the vein of fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow and is considering showing her life on the small screen.
A source told Grazia magazine: “Katie admires how Gwyneth Paltrow has carved out a foodie career. She's hoping this might be a great new direction for her. A number of prominent US cable networks are interested in the show, which will see Katie learning to make different dishes, as well as concentrating on catering for children.”
The report comes after Katie, 35, posted pictures of herself with her designer pal Zac Posen learning how to make fresh pasta at Mario Batali's New York cookery school, Eataly.
It is thought Katie was getting advice from the top chef about her new show, especially since she only started to experiment in the kitchen two years ago.
The actress - who has seven-year-old daughter Suri with her ex-husband Tom Cruise - recently closed her clothing line, Holmes & Yang, and so has the time to begin a new project. - Bang Showbiz and IOL