A&E is pulling the plug on Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
The reality effort, which follows the KISS vocalist, his long-time partner Shannon Tweed and their two children, Nick and Sophie, premiered in 2006 to strong ratings for the then-little watched cable network.
"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 unparalled 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," the network said in a statement obtained exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter.
Added the family: "With KISS on tour and with my other business commitments, we have decided to draw the final curtain on our show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It has been a wonderful life-altering experience for our family and after seven successful seasons, we feel it’s time to move on. With love – Gene, Shannon, Sophie, and Nick."
The news comes as A&E focuses on freshening its fare with new efforts in both the scripted (see Carlton Cuse's upcoming Bates Motel) and unscripted (see breakout Duck Dynasty) realm. In May, A&E canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter after eight seasons.
The network is coming off of its best July on record, thanks to originals including Storage Wars, The Glades and newer scripted effort Longmire. With 1.7 million viewers tuning in, A&E tied for the No. 4 entertainment cable network for the month.
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