Before the premiere of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” (Tues. 9 p.m. on A&E), I was concerned that last season’s emotional rollercoaster would amble to a dull, TV-friendly finish. We already know Simmons and longtime girlfriend Shannon Tweed tied the knot on October 1, so it seemed pretty safe to assume that all of the problems that had plagued Tweed (Simmons’ serial infidelity, his inability to communicate, his workaholism) have been neatly shoved under the rug, never to be addressed again.
But to Tweed’s credit, Simmons didn’t get off so easily on the show’s season debut. He may have gotten a yes and she did, in fact, take the enormous engagement ring he offered her, but she wasn’t letting him use marriage as a get out of jail free card. “Who’d want to marry an a—— like you?” Tweed asks, letting Simmons think he’ll be flying home alone to pack his things before sobbing, “I would, I would.” Clearly, this isn’t going to be so easy.