News Briefs: A&E Cancels Dog the Bounty Hunter

By Tim Surette

May 22, 2012

BAD DOG NEWS

... A & E has reportedly canceled reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter after eight seasons. Apparently the show won't continue because bounty hunter Dog is having creative differences with A & E, which I find odd because this is a reality show. [TMZ]


BUSINESS TIME

... The next season of The Office will happen without showrunner Paul Lieberstein, but the man who plays Toby will be replaced by two people: Dan Sterling and Brent Forrester have stepped up to take over as executive producers. The pair previously worked with The Office's Greg Daniels on King Of the Hill. Good luck making this show relevant again, guys! [Deadline Hollywood]

... DirecTV is taking on the British series Hit and Miss, the kooky drama about a super assassin who is also a pre-op transsexual (played by Chloe Sevigny, of course). I want to see this. I do not have DirecTV. Does anyone out there have DirecTV? Can I come over to you house to watch? I will bring candy apples! [LA Times]


CASTING NEWS

... 24's Sarah Wynter will recur on the next season of Showtime's Californication. She'll play the wife of rocker Attidus Fetch, who is writing the music for the Broadway play based on Hank Moody's book. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Smash is casting a trio of characters for next season. The call is asking for a very attractive mid-20s African America woman, a sexy straight guy in his mid-20s, and a very cute mid-20s gay guy. Anyone over 28 and ugly need not apply. [TV Line]

... History has cast the first pillager for its scripted series Vikings. Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) will play Earl Haraldson, a powerful figure who battles the main character Ragnar Lothrok. [History via press release]


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  • brittellp Dec 19, 2013

    I'm happy to see it go. Reality shows are for people who don't care what they watch.

  • gschlager Jul 20, 2012

    I think they should move the show to TRU-TV

  • CarlKuehn Jun 24, 2012

    ok i dont know who the brianless person in charge of a&e; is but dog is the best show on tv ,you people keep shows like duck dynasty on which is a show for morons but take a show off the air that has people helping people you people are not to bright in my opinon

  • EFColeman47 Jun 18, 2012

    I'm sorry to see this show go. I'm angry to see this show go. It took me some time to start watching but found myself intrigued by a faminly that could stand together hand in hand and pray and than curse at a fugituve and try to always leave that person with some hope...which is not easy to come by in todays "REAL" world. I and a lot of family and friends will miss them and I personally hope A&E; suffer for their loss and hope an other smarter program pick them up and make the show bigger and more prosperous.



    If not they will be missed. Love and God bless Chapman family.

  • shadowysea07 Jun 03, 2012

    thank goodness that piece of crap is finnaly gone

  • PrestonColes Jun 02, 2012

    I do not know why this show stayed on as long as it did, he is a clown and his wife ain't nothing but a hooker, they would have been better off doing side shows, gives law enforcement a bad name, good rideance.

  • pricea2016 May 25, 2012

    i hope dog the Bounty come back on all he do is help people get off drug and help but gang in jail i think less dog the Bounty pray before they go out then with people and he buy them some eat before they go jail you don't see real cop doing this so with you cant said nothing nice about dog the Bounty then you should said nothing at all he is a great show

  • pricea2016 May 24, 2012

    i hope dog the Bounty get back on air i love his show and i think with people cant respect him then don't watch the show but there is people out there that like dog the Bounty and want it come back on line so with you cant said nothing nice about the dog the Bounty then don't said nothing at all

  • fweak May 23, 2012

    Finally, a show about Vikings!

  • JT_Kirk May 23, 2012

    Great, Toby finally gets interesting lately and now he's gone. Who knows, maybe changing of the guard will help the feeling of sluggish writing and sluggish thinking, but I suspect that it's also the same thing that kept it alive.

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