Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dog the Bounty Hunter: New Season, a Lawsuit and a Feud

* Dog the Bounty Hunter Prepares for New Season

* Actor Sues DTBH Producers

* Dog to Battle on Celebrity Family Fued

It's time to check in on Duane Chapman and Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Less than a month until New Dog the Bounty Hunter

The new shows debut on Wednesday, July 16 on A & E Network.
Dog the Bounty Hunter,” a reality TV series that follows the unruly activities of Duane “Dog” Chapman, is returning to the air after its indefinite cancellation last November. Fans will be able to hear the beloved strains of “I’ll hunt you down, cause I‘m the dog” when the show continues with a brand new series on Wednesday, July 16.

The show, which is aired on the A&E network, chronicles the life of bounty hunter and bondsman Chapman who resides in Honolulu. Events of previous episodes have included his work in tracking and capturing bail jumpers and occurrences in his family relationships.

July 16 can't come soon enough for the legion of Dog fans.

DTBH Producers Sued by Actor

A Russian-born actor, Boris Krutonog, who says he created Dog the Bounty Hunter, has sued the show's producers for at least $5 million. Krutonog claims that he's owed compensation for royalties, salary and other considerations.

Krutonog also complains in court papers that he was the target of "abusive, violent and outrageous conduct" and "episodes of psychotic behavior by" the show's stars, Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife Beth. Court papers say that he introduced himself to "Dog" Chapman in 1995. Believing that Chapman's colorful life and exploits could be the basis of a movie or a TV show, Krutonog signed contracts with Chapman and received the exclusive right to develop the program. Between 1995 and 2003, Krutonog alleges that he developed what became Dog the Bounty Hunter. The papers noted that A&E agreed to pay him as co-executive producer "for the life of the program" in order to obtain Krutonog’s consent to produce and air the show.

TV Dog Feuds on TV for Charity

Dog and members of his family will match up with Cathy Lee Gifford on Celebrity Family Feud for charity.

Family Feud goes Hollywood with an all-new celebrity edition of the classic game show, premiering Tuesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on "A". Hosted by Al Roker, Celebrity Family Feud is a star-studded version of the beloved game show, only this time 24 famous families will face off and throw down for the charity of their choice. Former TV Queen Kathy-Lee Gifford goes head-to-head with Dog the Bounty Hunter, the casts of My Name is Earl and The Office fight for first place and Deion Sanders tries to keep up with the Kardashians.

Dog and his bounty hunter family will be only one star-studded match-up. The line-up consists of:

* Ice T vs. Joan and Melissa Rivers
* Raven-Symone vs. Wayne Newton
* Kathie Lee Gifford vs. Dog the Bounty Hunter
* The Kardashians vs. Deion and Pilar Sanders
* Bill Engvall vs. Larry the Cable Guy
* Vivica A. Fox vs. Mo'Nique
* Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry vs. the Teutul family from American Chopper
* Tiki Barber vs. Ed McMahon
* Vincent Pastore vs. cast members from The Girls Next Door
* Corbin Bernsen vs. Margaret Cho
* "The Hickeys" from My Name Is Earl vs. "The Camden County All-Stars" from My Name Is Earl
* Cast members from The Office vs. the American Gladiators.

As fans well know, DTBH was pulled from A&E's lineup last November after a private cellphone conversation was sold by his son to the National Enquirer. The Enquirer released the tape which contained racial slurs.

In May, A&E announced that the show would return, with assurances that Chapman had taken the necessary efforts in receiving forgiveness from those who had been affected by his racist comments. A statement from the network explained, “Since the premise of Dog the Bounty Hunter is about second chances, we have decided to give him one.”

Before the show's suspension, the program was the network’s highest rated series.

Looks like Duane Chapman is making the most of his second chance, which for fans and Chapman alike, begins on July 16

by Mondoreb
* Dog the Bounty Hunter Back for a New Season
* Actor Sues Dog the Bounty Hunter Producers
* Celebrity Family Feud Premieres June 24

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