A&E Network has set an early January 2020 release date for its competition series set to feature working K-9s and their handlers who compete against their amateur counterparts.
Produced by Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM company, America’s Top Dog will feature four police K-9 teams, including favorites from the A&E’s Live PD, and one civilian team competing in head-to-head challenges on “one of the biggest and toughest” K-9 obstacle courses assembled.
America’s Top Dog premieres Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
Each hour-long episode of the previously-announced series will see teams navigating a complex maze through three separate rounds in an attempt to locate scented items and apprehend a suspect in a bite suit, among a variety of other challenges. Each week’s winning team will receive US$10,000 and an additional US$5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice.
In the final week of competition, leading competitors will return to the finale course to battle for the throne of “America’s Top Dog” and an additional US$25,000 cash prize.
America’s Top Dog is hosted by veteran sports broadcaster Curt Menefee, dog trainer Nick White and sideline reporter and animal rescue ambassador Jamie Little.
Executive producers for Big Fish are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Jordana Starr, Holly Wofford and Patrick Costello. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Sean Gottlieb and Brad Holcman.
A&E holds worldwide distribution rights for the series.