Chapman Out Of A&E’s Dog House

A&E Network will soon resume production of its reality seriesDog The Bounty Hunter, nearly four months after suspending the show over racist remarks made by Dog star Duane Chapman.

While the network has yet to set a return airdate for the show, which follows the exploits of bounty hunter Chapman and his family, A&E officials said in a statement that it is making plans to go back into production. 

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. Dog, which had debuted on A&E in 2004, was one of the first reality shows A&E added to its schedule. 

The combination of docu-dramas and acquisitions likeCSI: Miamiand The Sopranos helped improve A&E's viewership and demographic performance and now set the stage for the summer launch of its first scripted drama, Cleaner, in six years.

“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.”

R. Thomas Umstead

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.