GENE SIMMONS' 'Family Jewels' Officially Unveiled

January 12, 2006

According to, A&E has officially announced plans to air KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' own "Osbournes"-style docusoap. Dubbed "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels", the program is one of three new shows the channel will premiere this year.

A&E exec veepveep-general manager Bob DeBitetto said the "Family Jewels" series grew from a "Biography" special on Simmons.

"Suffice it to say, he lives in an interesting world, both unconventional and traditional at the same time," DeBitetto said. In the past year, Simmons was a guest judge on "American Idol" and starred in the VH1 reality series "Rock School", teaching classically trained students in the U.K. about rock 'n' roll.

"Gene Simmons' Family Jewels" will revolve around the family life of Simmons, his longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed (a former Playmate of the Year) and their two kids. The Grief Co./ A Day With and the Gene Simmons Co. are producing.

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