Overlook “Fifty Sunglasses of Grey” — right here’s “Fifty Sunglasses of Xenu.”
On Monday night, the Church of Scientology launched its own TV network, with the same slogan as the “Fifty Shades” posters: “Curious?”
It’s a fitting tag line, given that Scientology is notoriously opaque. The arguable religion often makes headlines for its celebrity followers like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Elisabeth Moss, its practice of labeling critics “suppressive persons” and for chief David Miscavige’s mysterious spouse.
the new Scientology Network seems to be an attempt to bolster the faith’s popularity. It’s available on DirecTV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Play and Amazon’s Fire TELEVISION.
So, what varieties of displays can you expect to search out on Scientology Community? Unfortunately, now not a “Fifty Shades” by-product starring Cruise. actually, there are not any Xenu-worshipping celebs in any respect. so far, the network facilities on authentic programming considering favorable messages concerning the church. listed here are a couple of standouts:
“Inside Of Scientology”
“Inside Of Scientology” comes off as a longer infomercial for the church, with slick editing, catchy tune and an it appears prime-production price. Viewers be told about the church’s locations around the global, take a digital excursion of the Los Angeles headquarters and hear testimonials from a serene Scientologist announcing such things as, “Scientology is a era, the similar means that building a bridge is generation” and “for me, Scientology is the era of life.” Now Not incorporated: references to omnipotent extraterrestrial beings.
“Voices for Humanity”
Like “Inside Scientology,” “Voices for Humanity” is a documentary-taste show that specialize in the church’s volunteer paintings around the global. It highlights causes like their efforts to go out leaflets informing underprivileged groups about the risks of substances. (Monday night’s episode makes a speciality of humanitarian help efforts in Colombia.) The show is the polar reverse of HBO’s Emmy-winning 2015 documentary “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which lingered on alleged human rights abuses within the church.
“Meet a Scientologist”
This show introduces the viewer to actual-lifestyles Scientologists, such as one elderly couple who paintings to restore tools. (Again, none of the Scientologists proven are celebrities.) In the same approach that “Voices for Humanity” looks as if the church’s reaction to the HBO documentary, this looks as if the Scientology answer to A&E’s Emmy-winning collection “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” about ex-Scientologist and actress Leah Remini’s harrowing adventure and other ex-participants’ ordeals.
“Vacation Spot: Scientology”
“Destination: Scientology” showcases Scientology’s international scope in several communities from Harlem to Johannesburg to Mexico Town. It’s like the Scientologist version of “Anthony Bourdain: Portions Unknown,” handiest with much less food and extra earnestness. (Monday night time’s episode focuses on Inglewood, Calif.)
“L. Ron Hubbard: In His Own Voice”
Billed as “an unique three-phase documentary collection,” “L. Ron Hubbard: In His Personal Voice,” tells the biography of science fiction creator and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the usage of his own writings and recordings.