EXCLUSIVE: Before there was Miley Cyrus’ tongue, there was Gene Simmons’. AXS TV has licensed all seven seasons of Gene Simmons Family Jewels and will debut the 168-episode franchise on Thursday, October 3 at 8 PM ET with back-to-back episodes. AXS will then run a marathon of the docu-soap’s 13-episode first season on Saturday, October 5 starting at 3:30 PM ET, after which the reality series will run regularly on the network’s Thursday nights at 8 PM ET. The series that premiered on A&E in August of 2006, is known for following the life of the KISS bassist and vocalist, and for becoming a topic of conversation among reality-TV purists who objected to the series’ use of some staged events. In its first two seasons on A&E, GSFJ was that network’s second highest rated series, behind only Dog The Bounty Hunter. A&E ran seven seasons of the series.
GSFJ production house Thinkfactory Media was acquired by Britain’s ITV in June and, this month, promoted GSFJ co-creator/EP Adam Reed to EVP.