May 21, 2012 4:06pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
A&E Cancels 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'
Duane "Dog" Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, is heading to the ranks of the unemployed.
A&E has canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter after eight seasons, a network spokesman confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.
The series, which stars Chapman and his family as fugitive-recovery agents and takes place in Hawaii and Colorado, had become a valuable property for the cable network, with versions of the series broadcast in Germany, New Zealand and beyond.
In its eight seasons, Dog was not without its own behind-the-scenes controversy. The series, as well as A&E, was sued in September by a man who appeared in 30 episodes of the series. He claimed the network and Chapman breached an agreement to make him a full cast member.
More recently, family drama between Dog's sons Duane Lee and Leland and their stepmother Beth left in question who would be part of the bounty hunter's team.
The series got its start after Chapman appeared on the A&E-produced Take This Job, about folks with unusual careers. It became a breakout for the network, captivating viewers with the thrill of the hunt and the family's unique dynamics.
TMZ first reported the news.