Just four months ago, things weren’t looking so great for Duane “Dog” Chapman as A&E cancelled his reality show, Dog The Bounty Hunter, after eight seasons. Perhaps the public had grown weary of seeing the colorful cast that is Chapman’s family chasing down bad guys.
Country Music Television (CMT) doesn’t think the world is done with the Dog just yet, though, and they’ve signed Chapman and his fellow bounty hunters for 10-hour long episodes. WSFA.com reports that the show, tentatively titled DOG, will be a bit of a departure from the format seen on the A&E version of the program.
The new DOG will focus on Chapman, wife Beth, and other family members assisting those in the bail industry. Many mom and pop bond agencies struggle due to tight legislation and ineffective bounty hunters, and the new show aims to have Dog and friends show them how to improve.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Executive Vice President for Development and Programming at CMT Jayson Dinsmore had high praise for the Dog crew.
“This series is a game-changer for CMT,” Dinsmore said. “We were aggressive in our pursuit of a show featuring Dog and Beth, one of the most bankable teams in television history. We couldn’t be happier to partner with Electus and Dog and Beth as they move forward on the next chapter.”
Cable network A&E canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter in May after eight years. The show had a sizeable following and no lack of behind the scenes drama between Dog The Bounty Hunter’s sons and Beth, who is their stepmother.
Production on DOG will begin early next year and the show will debut in the spring or summer.