Dog the Bounty Hunter Press Release















NEW ORLEANS, LA May 2, 2004 -- The wild-and-wooly life of Duane “Dog” Chapman, the legendary bounty hunter who last year captured fugitive Max Factor heir Andrew Luster, will be the focus of a new A&E Network series now in production, DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER. The network has commissioned twelve half-hour episodes, premiering Wednesday, August 31 at 10PM/9 C.




Bounty Hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife and business partner Beth are rare finds in unscripted television – they’re characters that truly capture the imagination of the viewer … at the same time they are capturing real life criminals on the run! DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER will feature the home and professional life of Dog as he balances his bounty hunting caseload – he has caught 6,000 so far -- alongside his volatile relationships with Beth and his twelve children, some of whom work in the family business.




After serving time in a Texas penitentiary Chapman vowed to redeem himself by operating on the right side of the law. It is his own criminal past that inspires Dog to help the fugitives he hunts down to go straight. At his core, Dog is the quintessential all-American macho male who wants to help to make the world a better place in the best way he knows how. Dog believes strongly in the American judicial system, but he shows mercy to everyone he can. This sympathy for his prey comes from having truly walked in their shoes. Now, DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER will let viewers walk in his.




Day after day, Dog and Beth are on an emotional and physical roller-coaster, chasing down fugitives and living their own peculiar brand of family life. The recurring characters are: Duane "Dog" Chapman, 51 years old; Beth Smith, his 34 year old wife and bondsman partner; Leland Chapman, Dog’s 27 year-old son, who works for him as a bondsman and bounty hunter; Tim Chapman (no relation), another bondsman/bounty hunter who is a lifelong friend; Justin Bihag, Dog’s 21 year old nephew, now a bounty hunter in training; office manager Wesley Yoon; and Dog and Beth’s children Cecily (11), Bonnie Jo (5), Garry, known as “Local Boy”(3yrs).




DOG CHAPMAN BOUNTY HUNTER is produced by Hybrid Films for A&E. Nancy Dubuc and Robert Sharenow serve as the A&E executive producers and Daniel Elias and David Houts are the executive producers for Hybrid Films.




Now reaching more than 88 million homes, A&E Network brings viewers the Art of EntertainmentTM through a unique combination of three genres – The Art of Biography, The Art of Documentary, and The Art of Drama. A brand synonymous with excellence in television, A&E Network offers a diverse mix of programming ranging from critically acclaimed original series and movies, to innovative documentaries, to the Emmy Award-winning Biography® series, to dramatic specials, feature film presentations, and contemporary performances. Over the past five years, A&E Network holds the distinct record for the most Primetime Emmy nominations (73) for a basic cable network.




The 2004 primetime line-up includes several new series, featuring the premieres of: Airline, a behind-the-scenes look at the drama and the hilarity of commercial air travel with Southwest Airlines; Family Plots, a groundbreaking new reality show that takes a look at the personal and professional lives of the family members who run the Poway Bernardo Mortuary; and Growing Up Gotti, chronicling the life of Victoria Gotti, famous daughter of John Gotti, successful magazine editor, and mother of three. The 2004 schedule also includes a host of topical and timely documentary specials, including Boomer Nation, In Harm’s Way, and a quarterly series titled Behind the Blockbusters, bringing viewers the true stories behind the topics of Hollywood’s biggest releases. Great drama also remains the heart of the A&E Network brand with upcoming original movies such as See Arnold Run, Hillary’s Choice, and Ike: Countdown to D-Day.




The A&E Network website is located at and the Biography® website is located at The Biography Club is located at





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