Unscripted

CMT adopts “Dog”

U.S. cable network CMT is bringing Dog the Bounty Hunter (pictured) back to TV screens, commissioning Electus to produce a 10-part series tentatively titled Dog.
September 25, 2012

U.S. cable network CMT is bringing Dog the Bounty Hunter (pictured) back to TV screens, commissioning Electus to produce a 10-part series tentatively titled Dog.

The unscripted series will showcase Dog the Bounty Hunter and wife Beth Chapman’s journey “into the American heartland, to help fellow bail bondsmen and bounty hunters struggling with their business of catching fugitives on the lam,” according to the network.

Dog and Chapman will star in and exec produce the series, which is set to begin production early next year and will premiere spring/summer 2013.

“This series is a game changer for CMT,” said Jayson Dinsmore, exec VP of development and programming for CMT. “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.”

Electus CEO Chris Grant added: “Dog and Beth are not only great television characters, they are the best bounty hunters in the world, and this show is a natural evolution of their life story.”

The exec producers for Electus are Grant, Ben Silverman and Jimmy Fox, while Jayson Dinsmore is the exec producer for CMT. Amy Weiss of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, which represents Dog and Chapman, engineered the production deal with Grant.

The news comes after U.S. network A&E called time on long-running reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter in May, after eight seasons and nearly 250 episodes.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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