Unanswered Questions About Gene Simmons Family Jewels

Now that the sixth (or is it seventh?) season of A&E’s long running reality sitcom has concluded, there remain lingering questions.  Whether we’ll ever learn the answers to them all, I do not know.  Nonetheless, inquiring minds want to know the following:

1. How did Shannon catch Gene cheating?

2. How many times did he cheat on her?

3. Did Shannon really forgive him for all his indiscretions or was that just for the TV show?

4. Has Sophie forgiven him for being an absentee father most of her life?

5. Did Shannon ever confront any of his mistresses?

6. Where did Nick get that “Not A Bastard Anymore” T-shirt?

7. Did A&E foot the whole bill for the wedding?

8. How much did it cost?

9. How many songs did Kiss play during the reception?

10. Was the wedding ceremony legit or merely for show?

11. How much does Shannon stand to get from the prenup if she divorces Gene?

12. Does she get more money depending on how long the marriage lasts?

13. If “The Kiss Brand” is indeed worth between one and five billion dollars as recently claimed, why does Gene still need to work?

14. Were Ace Frehley and Peter Criss invited?

15. If he’s not retiring any time soon, when will Gene cut down on his work schedule?

16. Will there be more Kiss albums and world tours long after the release of Monster?

17. Why does Gene suddenly believe in marriage after decades of preaching the opposite?

18. Is he really willing to give up all those groupies to save his relationship with Shannon?

19. Can Gene truly be monogamous?

20. Despite all the joking around for decades, why did Shannon suddenly want to be married after years of not caring if it happened or not?

21. Why won’t anyone mention that damn sex tape?

22. What was the final diagnosis regarding Gene’s mom’s temporary blindness episode?

23. Did Gene really forgive his father for abandoning his family or was he simply giving in to an overly pushy marriage counsellor?

24. How could Gene not know about his half-siblings in Israel after all this time?

25. Can Shannon, Nick & Sophie all let go of their longterm resentments toward Gene and his toxic behaviour in order to start anew?

26. When did family friend Tony Roman’s wife die and why was her cancer kept secret until recently?

27. Has any troubled marriage truly survived that sometimes wacky and often brutal Dr. Phil-recommended marriage boot camp?

28. How much was Dr. Wexler paid for her services?

29. Did she meet with Gene and/or any of his family members off-camera for private sessions?

30. Is Gene still in therapy?

31. How much of this family drama was real and how much of it was scripted?

32. Will Gene be less obnoxiously arrogant now that he’s married or more so?

33. Why did Shannon cut Gene off from sex before the wedding when they’ve been getting it on for nearly 30 years?

34. How will marriage make Gene a better person?

35. With the kids grown, if he cheats again will Shannon leave for good?

36. Is this the end of Family Jewels?

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, October 23, 2011
1:34 a.m.

UPDATE:  Gene Simmons posted this tweet on his Twitter account October 26:

“A&E picked up another 12 episodes for Season 7…or is it Season 8?”

So, the answer to question 36 is a resounding “no”.  Another round of Family Jewels is indeed on the way.  No official word yet on when it will actually return.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, October 30, 2011
4:48 p.m.

UPDATE 2:  According to TVshowsonDVD.com, A&E is planning to release two new box sets of Family Jewels episodes.  Season Six Part One and Season Six Part Two will be available June 12.  So it was all one season after all.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
4:33 p.m.

UPDATE 3:  Entertainment Weekly reports that the seventh season will begin airing on A&E in just a few weeks.  Expect the hour-long premiere to debut on May 28th at 9 p.m.  This means that Family Jewels will no longer be seen on Tuesday evenings (both Storage Wars series are staying put).  The show will now be broadcast on Monday evenings.  For a taste of what’s to come this season, check out the EW report here.

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Friday, May 4, 2012
2:49 a.m.

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  1. Great post. I’m a big fan and now you’ve left me wondering the same things.

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