Scientology launches its own TV channel

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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.

Running the app reveals a placeholder announcement that content will officially launch at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. on Monday; and a Twitter account looks also ready to go.

Evidence of the network is already on Apple's app store, where "Scientology TV" is available for download from The Church of Scientology International.

The Church of Scientology hasn't commented, but a DirecTV spokesperson confirmed the Monday launch to THR. "WELCOME to the SCIENTOLOGY NETWORK countdown to launch!"

The odds of a Scientology outlet seemed to be pretty inevitable as early as 2016, when the group announced the start of its own studio, Scientology Media Productions. A network was initially said to be launching on Spectrum, but the cable company denied such plans.

The network premiere comes just weeks after a Scientology-sponsored Super Bowl ad-which featured some of the same audio and visuals as the network's new trailer-sparked controversy among TV viewers, in light of the accusations of abuse and mistreatment that have been leveled against the Church.

Scientology has been the subject of multiple TV series and documentaries - most notably actress and former member Leah Remini's A&E series "Scientology and the Aftermath", and the movie "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief".

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