Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider To Star In ‘Growing Up Twisted’

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider To Star In ‘Growing Up Twisted’

April 6, 2010

Twisted Sister's Dee Snider To Star In Growing Up TwistedA&E is reloading primetime with a fresh crop of unscripted series that fit the channel’s “real life drama” brand.

Joining the channel’s roster of stars such as Gene Simmons and Kirstie Alley is one-time Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

“What we set out to do in 2003 was lay out a long-term play that introduces A&E to a wider, newer, younger audience,” said A&E TV Networks boss Abbe Raven. “We stick to the plan, and started out one-by-one developing these franchises.”

As a result, A&E’s median age dropped from 61 — in mid-2003 — to 48. The channel also finished among the top 10 ad-supported cable nets in 2009 with adults 18-34; the channel placed a dismal 28th in 2003.

“I’m extremely proud of how we evolved,” Raven said. “We haven’t done it with just one show, but a number of shows consistently.”

A&E has ordered six episodes of “Growing up Twisted,” starring Snider, his wife, Suzette, and their children.

Evolution Film & Tape (“Real Housewives of Orange County”) are behind “Twisted,” which centers on the couple as the face off with their kids — wannabe rock star Jesse, budding filmmaker Shane and 12-year-old Cheyenne.

“The goal over the next few years is growth,” he said. “Audience growth, revenue growth. That’s what’s expected of us.”

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