Former sitcom star Leah Remini, who played Kevin James' wife for nine seasons on The King of Queens, is returning to television in a new reality series from cable network TLC. The show begins filming this week, according to a report today from The Hollywood Spectator.
“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 the cable network. “This series continues our focus on creating compelling series about remarkable families, using heart and humor to anchor it to the TLC brand.”
Remini has remained active since the CBS sitcom that made her famous came to an end in 2007, recently finishing a stint on the TV Land sitcom The Exes and writing a book about her life. The actress also hosted the daytime chat show The Talk on CBS for several years and was a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
According to RealityFan.com, the new TLC series will mine Remini's personal life for material:
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.
Remini made worldwide news last summer during a very public split with the Church of Scientology, alleging rampant corruption and a policy of breaking families apart.
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