A&E fetches Dog, buries Gotti

By Reuters

Dec 15, 2005

A&E; has renewed three of its highest-rated reality series, including Dog the Bounty Hunter, but sources said its breakout series, Growing Up Gotti, has been whacked.

It's also the end of the line for Airline, another A&E; reality entry. Returning for second seasons are Inked and Criss Angel Mindfreak, the two youngest-skewing series on the network.

The highest-rated series ever on the network in all key demographics, Dog will be back for a third season, which already is in production. The show follows a family of real-life bounty hunters working in Hawaii.

Sources said series star Duane Dog Chapman did not come cheap, re-signing for about $100,000 per episode. A&E; declined comment. Not only is Dog A&E;'s most-watched series, the franchise could be ready for syndication as soon as next year; its closed-ended episodes and action sequences make it more attractive than the average reality series in that market.

Dog will return in February for 26 half-hour episodes, with an option for multiple subsequent seasons. Inked will be back in the spring with 20 episodes. Eighteen more installments of Mindfreak are on tap beginning in the summer.

The trio join a full slate of returning unscripted series on A&E;, including The First 48, Intervention, and Cold Case Files.

Gotti, a chronicle of the life of the late crime boss John Gotti's daughter, Victoria, ran for three seasons totaling more than 40 episodes, beginning in 2004. Airline, based on a British format, also ran for three seasons beginning in 2004, totaling more than 50 episodes. The series offered an inside view of Southwest Airlines.

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  • gapeach355 Jan 05, 2006

    I am very upset the Growing Up Gotti is no more! I really can't stand Dog!! Like what we really needed was another "COP" show. I think we see enough of that with The First 48 and Cold Case Files, not to mention all the CSI shows. Gotti gave us all a break from the harsh realities of life by giving us a glimpse of the rich and famous.

  • stillcountry Dec 31, 2005

    I would rather watch Growing Up Gotti than the other shows,,,but that is MY opinion....

  • stillcountry Dec 31, 2005

    I would rather watch Growing Up Gotti, than the other shows....

  • Mad_Buck Dec 26, 2005

    Too bad A&E; is keeping most of their other crappy reality series but at least they're snuffing out the worst one. Growing Up Gotti is the abyss in TV programming.

  • gbsmiles Dec 20, 2005

    ....And Mindfreak and Inked are qulality tv. Please, I'd rather watch Victoria Gotti **** and moan for 30 minutes than ever watch either of the above shows again.

  • gbsmiles Dec 20, 2005

    ....And Mindfreak and Inked are qulality tv. Please, I'd rather watch Victoria Gotti **** and moan for 30 minutes than ever watch either of the above shows again.

  • gbsmiles Dec 20, 2005

    ....And Mindfreak and Inked are qulality tv. Please, I'd rather watch Victoria Gotti **** and moan for 30 minutes than ever watch either of the above shows again.

  • arlaca Dec 20, 2005

    gotti gone, hahaha

  • lpresti48 Dec 16, 2005

    Gotti is no loss, however Airline was really entertaining. Glad to see Dog, 1st 48 Hours, Intervention and Cold Case Files returning.

  • TM56 Dec 16, 2005

    Hooray! Two less garbage reality shows that will no longer be clogging the TV tube. If only this would happen more often to other "reality" shows.

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