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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."
An undeniable presence in the 1980s, Dee Snider is instantly recognizable as the front man of heavy metal band Twisted Sister. But really, he's just one of six - a regular guy navigating life in the suburbs of New York with his powerhouse wife, Suzette, and their four kids. They are an off-beat but tight-knit family with children who are fiercely independent and strong-willed: Jesse is an aspiring rock musician, husband and new father; Shane is the resident comic; Cody's a budding filmmaker; and Cheyenne is daddy's little girl, making the tough transition to teenager. They're a rock-solid family of unique individuals not afraid to speak their minds. Despite their father's rock star status, they are just like every other family...only not at all.
"Growing Up Twisted" is produced by Evolution Media for A&E. Dee Snider is executive producer and Ron Starrantino is producer. Executive producers for Evolution are Douglas Ross, Greg Stewart, Kathleen French, Alex Baskin and Kevin Lee. Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant are executive producers for A&E
"The goal over the next few years is growth," he said. "Audience growth, revenue growth. That's what's expected of us."