Gene Simmons Family Jewels returns to A&E tonight for a second season. Gene's been in the news lately with pictures of his recent facelift circling the Internet (head over to www.tmz.com if you'd like to see the gore for yourself).
Tonight, he and his blondiful partner Shannon Tweed are followed as they both prepare for their cosmetic procedures. Here's an encapsulation from A&E:
"Moments away from getting his facelift, Gene receives a call telling him the KISS publicity tour has been rescheduled. While he hops a plane to New York, Aunt Tracy takes Nick on an embarrassing shopping spree to get a pregnancy test for Shannon. Right before a live appearance on MTV's TRL, Gene realizes his Demon costume has gone missing, sending the hotel's assistant manager on a mad dash to recover 30 years of history and make sure Gene gets to his live TV show on time."
This, people, may make for some great television. First, let me say I love Gene Simmons Family Jewels and so does my husband. Neither one of us are particularly huge KISS fans except for the odd song here and there. There's just something about this show...I can't put my finger on it. In true journalism fashion, I must admit I never cared for The Osbournes even though Ozzy is a Metal god. I guess I like the way Shannon and Gene interact, and their kids seem pretty intelligent. Plus, you can actually hear and understand the dialogue because the producers don't have to bleep every third word like on The Osbournes.
Today, WESH-TV has posted a satellite interview with old Gene. It's fairly obvious the reporter conducting the interview has no interest in KISS whatsoever, but as a television producer I get that. I've made my anchors do satellite interviews on tons of topics, ranging from ways to prevent breast cancer to Queen Latifah's next big project. During the interview, Gene talks about the KISS legacy and their immense staying power and popularity. He also mentions that KISS will perform three shows this summer and that a full tour is coming...someday.
Say what you will but I like Gene because he flops his cards and the whole world knows he's about making money.
Back to the reality show. Tonight's episode will mark the first time a celebrity couple go under the knife for elective surgery, pre-operation to complete recovery.
The episode airs tonight at 9pm/8C on A&E.