Legendary KISS bassist and vocalist Gene Simmons will once again let viewers take a peek into his "non-traditional" family as his hit reality series Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiere with a special one-hour episode on Sunday 10pm on A&E . The 15-episode season kicks off with the sweet sixteen party of his daughter Sophie Tweed-Simmons. However, the celebration does not go as planned when a seemingly innocuous case of sibling rivalry spirals out of control. Blame it on 21-year-old Nick, who wanted to turn the low-key party into something party, and he's bent on pulling on dad's heartstrings and sense of theatrics to make it happen. All these, of course, to the dismay of Sophie, who's more often than not painfully shy. After the Gene Simmons Family Jewels opener, the rest of the season features Gene's appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and his stint on a Japanese monster flick. Meanwhile, wife Shannon also has some appearances of her own, with a role in a roller derby exploitation film. Nick is also set to get his own apartment, while Sophie will fend off ill-intentioned teenage boys. All the while, the Simmons family is out to prove that they're indeed the most "non-traditional, traditional" family in America. Born in 1949 in Israel, Gene Simmons is the only child of his German Nazi Concentration Camp survivor mother. He co-founded KISS in the early 1970s. Most recently, he appeared on the finale of the Fox hit American Idol , where he performed Rock and Roll All Nite and Detroit Rock City. Gene Simmons Family Jewels debuted on August 7, 2006. Catch the premiere of Gene Simmons Family Jewels' fourth season on Sunday 10pm on A&E. Source Here
Gene Simmons' held his "Ladies of the Night" book signing at at Borders Books in Westwood, Ca on July 8, 2008. I was suprised to hear that Gene Simmons has released his new book "Ladies of the Night" which was featured on his reality television show, "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels." The funny thing is that on last season of "Gene's Family Jewels," conducting research for his new book got Gene a free ride to a Las Vegas police department...To find out why and for photos visit and tell me what you think of Gene's reality television show and the arrest.
A&E Re-ups for Season III of GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS Orders 24 New Episodes By JOHN DEMPSEY, JOSEF ADALIAN A&E has said yes to a third season of "Gene Simmons: Family Jewels," upping its order to 24 half-hours from last season's 20. The decision was an easy one: "Jewels" is A&E's second highest rated series ever in adults 18-49 and 25-54, behind only "Dog the Bounty Hunter." "Jewels" did even better in the second season than the first, leaping by 15% in total viewers to a 1.5 million average and climbing by 11% in adults 18-49 and by 8% in 25-54. A&E's relationship with Simmons started with a one-shot "Biography" hour of the rock legend and KISS frontman. That "Biography" episode scored so well in the Nielsens that A&E negotiated with Simmons and the exec producer Leslie Greif to create a 13-episode weekly half-hour series that would delve into Simmons' life with his common-law partner Shannon Tweed and their teenage son and daughter. Unlike the stars of MTV's "The Osbournes," the model for reality shows built around a dysfunctional rock performer and his family, Simmons and his household "are highly functional, intelligent and witty," said Rob Sharenow, senior VP of nonfiction and alternative programming for A&E and a co-exec producer of "Jewels." "They're in constant motion, and Gene is always working on dozens of projects. It's more like a scripted series than a reality show." While reruns of "CSI Miami" and "The Sopranos" are harvesting lots of viewers for A&E, "Jewels" is one of the weekly firstrun series, along with "Dog the Bounty Hunter," "The First 48," "Intervention" and "Criss Angel: Mindfreak," that have propelled A&E into the ranks of the 10 highest-rated cable networks. During the first quarter, A&E shot up by 54% in total viewers and by more than 40% in the three key adult demos (18-49, 25-54 and 18-34).
"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" was honored by the 29th annual Telly Awards with a bronze award. Founded in 1978, The Telly is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs, as well as the finest video and film productions. "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" was chosen from more than 14,000 entries from around the world.