A&E Orders 20 More Episodes Of 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels'

Variety.com reports that A&E has greenlit a second season of Gene Simmons' reality-TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels". The cable channel has begun production on 20 one-hour episodes for a premiere sometime in 2007.

A&E had ordered a 13-episode first season.

"Family Jewels" delivered an average 1.3 million viewers per episode. Show also improved its Monday-at-10 timeslot by 56% among adults 18-49 (766,000) and 45% among adults 25-54 (742,000) vs. the previous year.

Second-season antics — which will continue to revolve around Simmons, longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed and their two kids — are sure to shock, Simmons told Daily Variety.

"People's jaws will drop," he said. Show's appeal is strong because "everyone wishes they had this family. Every guy wishes he was me. It shows how you can be happy."

The first 13-episode season of "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" will be released on double-DVD just in time for Christmas.

Simmons announced on his web site that "Gene Simmons Family Jewels"' first episode was the most-watched series premiere of any A&E show since the launch of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" in August of 2004. There have been 12 new prime-time series since that date.


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