Gene Simmons has been rocking out on A&E for seven years — but like with another one of the network’s long-running series in “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” all good things must come to an end.
In a statement per The Hollywood Reporter, the network has announced that “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” has been canceled:
“For seven great seasons, Gene, Shannon, Nick and Sophie have been part of the A&E family, and we could not be more proud of the unparalleled run of Gene Simmons Family Jewels … On behalf of everyone at A&E, we’d like to thank the production team at Thinkfactory Media, Gene and his amazing family for their partnership, collaboration and for opening up their lives, warts-and-all, to us throughout the years.”
Is this the last that we are going to see of Simmons’ family on TV? Far from it. Gene is such a celebrity that he will always be involved in entertainment, and there are multiple witnesses who claim that his daughter Sophie auditioned for “The X Factor” earlier this season. We don’t know whether or not she ended up making it past the first round, but she did clearly make an impression upon he people in attendance — and given her background, we’re not sure that she would have auditioned if she was completely devoid of talent.
A&E has been in a process of reinvent itself and its brand in recent years. “Duck Dynasty” has now become one of its go-to reality programs, while in terms of scripted fare there is a good slate that includes the likes of “Longmire” and “The Glades.”
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