Scientology Ready to Launch Its Own TV Network

Scientology Ready to Launch Its Own TV Network

The Church of Scientology is getting its own TV network, according to The Hollywood Reporter, leading to rumours that Tom Cruise and other famous followers could participate in the new venture.

The Scientology Network is set to debut tomorrow evening on DirecTV, as well as on connected-TV platforms such as Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast, according to promotional material from the church.

Scientology distributed a "network countdown" video Sunday afternoon via social media touting the launch of "a new voice, a new network" at 8 p.m. ET on March 12.

According to a promo video, the new network will occupy the satellite service's channel 320, which now airs infomercials.

The Church of Scientology hasn't commented, but a DirecTV spokesperson confirmed the Monday launch to THR.

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Rumblings about a Scientology network seemed to gain heat in early 2017, with several rumors about the impending launch running on the website of longtime Scientology chronicler Tony Ortega.

Apparently, the organization ratcheted up its media presence in recent years, making an announcement of its own production studio Scientology Media Productions in 2016. For example, it recently spent millions to run a Super Bowl commercial.

However, it has not been made clear as to what kind of programming the network will feature.

Scientology TV comes at a time where the controversial church has seen a spate of high-profile projects attempting to discredit it with accusations of abuses from former members and their family members. Documentarian Alex Gibney put a harsh light on the org in his 2015 HBO docu "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief".

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