In the spotlight

Follow Shannon Tweed on Twitter and you’ll soon realize there’s never a dull moment for the St. John’s, N.L. native. She’s made her mark in modelling, acting and most recently reality TV, starring from 2006-12 alongside her husband (KISS rocker Gene Simmons), and their two children, Nick and Sophie. Through seven hit seasons of Family Jewels on A&E, audiences were given an insider’s view to everything from the glamour of world tours to the candour of couples counselling. We watched the kids grow up and witnessed the couple, who had avoided marriage for 28 years, finally walk down the aisle. It was ratings gold!


Fast forward to spring 2014 and Shannon is once again poised to provide viewers with a look at life through her eyes – this time, for the W Network. Shannon & Sophie will profile the mother and daughter team as they navigate exciting new chapters in Sophie’s career – like cutting her first record, continual charity work, managing money and men … even the world of acting.

Matter of fact, the two first partnered up for the dramactic when Shannon returned to Republic of Doyle for a season five reprise as the gun wielding Frances Lemont. Sophie played her shifty sidekick and since then has added three more on-screen roles to her credit.

Being back in the homeland for Doyle last summer coincided with two back-to-back KISS concerts at Mile One. “I got to show Soph around my old stomping ground, meet some family friends and reminisce with my sister Sara,” Shannon told us. “I always thought it was important to show the kids where I come from. I’ll get Nick there one of these days.”

While her work and personal life have taken Tweed around the globe and then some, there’s no denying the joy she feels being back in Newfoundland. “It makes me happy. I suppose because I was so young when we relocated to Saskatchewan, most of my memories are childlike – so I always have that happy feeling when I come back.”

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May 18, 2014
TORONTO - After letting cameras into their rock royalty lives with "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," Shannon and Sophie Tweed-Simmons are taking the reality TV spotlight away from the long-tongued family patriarch.
May 16, 2014

It started in Cannes. Vancouver-based TV producers Rob Bromley and John Ritchie were at a TV conference cocktail party when they noticed KISS front man Gene Simmons and his Canadian-born Playboy alumna wife Shannon Tweed.

“There was nobody else talking to them; they were kind of sitting off to the side. I always liked their show Family Jewels,” says Mr. Ritchie, executive producer at Force Four Entertainment. “So we just went over and started chatting.”

May 15, 2014
DJ Tanner of C95FM had an interview on air with Shannon & Sophie
May 15, 2014
Radio Station FM96 London's Best Rock had an on air interview with Shannon & Sophie
May 13, 2014
Join Shannon and Sophie on the W Network May 20th at 10pm EST
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