I’d like to make an announcement. I’m not always about the sass and snark. (Please pick your mouth off of the floor, you are embarrassing yourself.) Sometimes, just sometimes (least you think I’ve lost my mind), I like the softer, sweeter things in life like watching kids play in in the park and cute little hyperactive puppies romp about (the ones that don’t pee on your leg or use your clothes as a chew toy).
And l like the somewhat old fashioned goodness of shows like A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels which has its fourth season premiere on Sunday, June 7 at 9 PM Eastern/Pacific.
I don’t know how I managed to miss this show. I heard about it but I guess when I saw the name Gene Simmons, that dude from the legendary rock band Kiss, all I could think about was the makeup, the hair and that infamously long and menacing tongue. Well, Gene still has the tongue which he puts to good use licking envelopes for his daughter Sophie’s sweet 16 party invitations in the season’s premiere episode. More about the party later.
If you are like me and you have managed to bypass this show on your way to The Hills, or as you were desperately Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Gene Simmons Family Jewels focuses on Gene, a rather conventional unconventional dad, his mate, former Playboy model Shannon Tweed, and their two children, Sophie and Nick, typical siblings who like to get under one another’s skin.
And speaking of getting under one another’s skin, in the premiere, it is Nick, who in an act of sibling revenge against Sophie for accidentally scratching his car, decides to convince his unwitting father, that his sister would just love a lavish sweet 16 party — the kind of event that the down-to-earth, unassuming Sophie is definitely against.
Now Gene is determined to give his daughter Sophie, despite her protests, a rock star worthy sweet 16 party.
The season opener is complete with tender moments such as when Gene goes through boxes of family “memorabilia” which include a handwritten note from a much younger Sophie that has “daddy” spelled “dabby” (I know, too cute for words) and well as fun antics that regular viewers have come to know and love and newcomers will get a kick out of as well.
THE GOOD STUFF YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS SEASON
Gene appears on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? and films a Japanese monster movie (Rather befitting don’t you think?)
Shanon preps for a “roller derby exploitation film”.
Nick gets his own apartment.
And our dear sweet Sophie has to put some “ill-intentioned” (you say “ill-intentioned, I say “nastay”) boys in their place.