12:10pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CMT Orders 10-Episode Series Starring Dog the Bounty Hunter
Dog the Bounty Hunter is returning to television.
Four months after A&E ended the unscripted series that followed Duane "Dog" Chapman and his family's fugitive recovery business, CMT has given a series order to Dog, an unscripted entry that focus on the bail industry.
CMT has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of the series, which see Dog and his wife Beth Chapman shift gears and assist other mom-and-pop bail bond agencies that may be facing extinction because of bad legislation and untrained or ineffective bounty hunters.
The Chapmans will executive produce Dog through their Entertainment by Bonnie and Clyde shingle. The series hails from Ben Silverman's Electus, whose Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox also will exec produce alongside CMT's Jayson Dinsmore. Production is slated to begin early next year for a spring/summer debut.
"This series is a game-changer for CMT,” said Dinsmore, executive vp development and programming at the cable channel. "We were aggressive in our pursuit of a show featuring Dog and Beth, one of the most bankable teams in television history. We couldn't be happier to partner with Electus and Dog and Beth as they move forward on the next chapter.”
Added Electus CEO Grant: "Dog and Beth are not only great television characters, they are the best bounty hunters in the world, and this show is a natural evolution of their life story. Electus is thrilled to be partnering with them and with CMT to deliver the next stage of Dog and Beth’s adventure."
Brillstein Entertainment Partners brokered the deal.
A&E canceled Dog the Bounty Hunter in May following an eight-season run that saw the series become a valuable property for the cable network, with versions broadcast in Germany, New Zealand and beyond.
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