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Rock icons continue to ‘rock and roll all night’ on CBS prime-time crime dramas

Gene Simmons attends the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscar Party at The Vineyard on March 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills, CA.
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You still may not recognize Gene Simmons outside of his band makeup, but the man sometimes called “Dr. Love,” a founding member, singer and bass player for the multiplatinum band, KISS, is quite the versatile entrepreneur. And, Simmons is about to be even better known deep in the heart of Texas. On March 11, 2014, the San Antonio Business Journal announced that the “San Antonio Talons will open the season against the LA KISS, an arena Football Team owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.” This must be Gene Simmons week somewhere, anywhere, because the rocker will debut on the March 12, 2014 episode of “Crime Scene Investigation (or just CSI to the fans)” on CBS.

It was reported that CSI Executive Producers Don McGill and Carol Mendelson said, “We’re really excited to have Gene Simmons guest-starring on CSI, playing himself in a rock-and-roll-themed murder mystery,” in a joint press release to the Hollywood Reporter. Tonight’s show is the 17th episode of Season 14, called “Long Road Home.” The episode runs at 9 p.m. Houston time (CST) and 10 p.m. EST.

The former star of his own reality series, “Family Jewels,” which ran from 2006-2012, Simmons is very comfortable in front of a camera. On stage, the wild KISS makeup used to hide Simmons’ identity so much that few people recognized him offstage, except when he used to accompany Cher to various functions. Then, the man born Chaim Witz, found he enjoyed being in front of the camera, makeup or not.

Rockers and prime-time crime dramas, or “procedurals” as all television insiders call them, are not a brand new thing. Rock and roll legends are actually very popular guest stars on favorite shows. As an example, when you hear one man yell “Sharonnnnnn,” immediately you know that the person yelling is none other than Ozzy Osbourne, of Black Sabbath, a band that CSI featured on their season finale, broadcast May 15, 2013. Of course, Ozzy’s wife, Sharon, is featured on CBS’ “The Talk” weekdays and the couple’s son, Jack, was a crowd favorite on the last season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

Aside from “all things Osbourne,” another musician from across the pond found a home on CBS. On “NCIS” it was Sir Michael Des Barres who was a popular guest on the show previously.

Coming up this season of “NCIS,” actor and Grammy-winner singer/songwriter Keith Carradine is set to star on an upcoming episode of the show. There’s more than one reason to say “NCIS rocks.” So does CSI (especially in the heart of Las Vegas) and CBS.

Football fans can check out more about the Los Angeles KISS at

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