That Dog will hunt, again.
A&E Network plans to resume production of its reality series, Dog The Bounty Hunter, nearly four months after suspending the show after racist remarks made by star Duane Chapman — aka Dog — were posted on the Web.
The network has yet to set a return airdate for the show, which follows the exploits of Chapman and his family, who hunt down criminals for rewards.
A&E suspended the show in November after the National Enquirer posted an audio clip of Chapman using the n-word in reference to his son’s girlfriend during a private phone conversation.
“Over the last few months, Duane 'Dog’ Chapman has taken and continues to take the appropriate steps in reaching out to several African-American organizations in an effort to make amends for his private comments to his son which were released publicly,” said the A&E statement. “Since the premise of Dog The Bounty Hunter is about second chances — we have decided to give him one.”
On the audiotape, Chapman is heard using the n-word several times in a telephone conversation with his son Tucker. Chapman expresses his displeasure that Tucker is dating an African-American woman, warning that she could jeopardize the show if she overhears Chapman and his team using the n-word.
Tucker Chapman taped the phone call with his father, and sold it to the Enquirer, according to a report in the Associated Press.
Dog, which had debuted on A&E in 2004, was one of the first reality shows A&E added to its schedule.
R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.
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