Long-Running Show -- Said to Have 'Once Defined A&E' -- Canceled THR
A long-running show said to have "once defined A&E" has been canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed.
The show is "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," which is ending its run after seven seasons. The reality series stars Kiss bassist Simmons and his partner Shannon Tweed and their two children.
The show, which debuted in 2006, helped A&E by drawing strong ratings at a time when the network was struggling to attract viewers, the story notes.
"With Kiss on tour and with my other business commitments, we have decided to draw the final curtain on our show. It has been a wonderful, life-altering experience for our family, and after seven successful seasons, we feel it’s time to move on," Simmons' family said in a statement.
A&E is aiming to refresh its schedule with scripted shows and unscripted programs, and recently canceled another reality staple, "Dog the Bounty Hunter."
A&E ended July tied as the fourth most-watched entertainment cable network, boosted by original programs such as "Storage Wars" and "The Glades."