King of Queens star Leah Remini has been making numerous headlines since it was revealed back in July that she had left the Church of Scientology. The added attention has motivated Leah to reportedly write a tell-all book about her experiences in the church, and now she has landed her own reality show!
TLC made the official announcement earlier today, making no mention of Scientology, but instead focusing on Leah’s Brooklyn roots and her sure-to-be-entertaining familial costars, including husband Angelo and nine-year-old daughter Sofia.
The network has ordered twelve half-hour episodes with production starting today and a premiere some time this summer. Here’s the full press release from TLC:
TLC ORDERS REALITY SERIES STARRING ACTRESS LEAH REMINI AND HER FAMILY
Leah Remini, the strong-willed and wise-cracking wife on the hit series KING OF QUEENS, is about to prove that fact is funnier than fiction with her new reality series on TLC. The network is pulling the curtain back on her life, revealing how this girl from the Brooklyn may be living in Los Angeles, but she’s never really left her roots behind.
“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, GM, TLC. “This series continues our focus on creating compelling series about remarkable families, using heart and humor to anchor it to the TLC brand.”
Despite Leah’s success in the entertainment industry, she sees herself as the girl from the neighborhood, tackling life’s challenges and embracing every celebration, happy to have her family along for the ride. Grounded by a strong work ethic, she’s an overachiever who keeps the people she loves on their toes – and laughing along the way.
Joining Leah in the series will be her husband of 10 years, Angelo, a devoted father who helps run their family diner, and their feisty 9 year-old daughter Sofia, who isn’t afraid to keep her parents in check. Filling out her household are her opinionated mother and eccentric stepfather, and her sister and brother-in-law, who have a secret coded language that drives Leah insane. Making Leah’s life even more complicated – but also a lot more fun – is her team, including her wisecracking housekeeper, Sofia’s brash British nanny, and Leah’s personal assistant who really wants to act.
The network has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of the untitled Leah Remini project, which is being produced by Gurney Productions. Production begins today, and the series is anticipated to premiere this summer on TLC.