DOGS RATINGS SHOOT WAY UP !!!

Dog Barks Up Ratings
A&E’s ‘Bounty Hunter’ Returns With 2.7 Million Viewers
By R. Thomas Umstead — Multichannel News, 7/17/2008 3:52:00 PM
A&E’s Dog The Bounty Hunter howled again on cable…and viewers heeded the call. The reality series, which A&E suspended last November after racist remarks made by series star Duane Chapman were posted on the Web, drew 2.7 million viewers in its July 16 return, network officials said.

The audience for the fifth-season debut of the series, which follows the exploits of bounty hunter Chapman (pictured) and his family, finished ahead of the 2.1 million viewers generated for the show’s 2007 season four opener. The show also garnered 1.4 million viewers in both the adult 18-49 and 25-54 viewer demos, A&E said

Return of Dog On Wed Night, Official Press Release

SEASON 5 OF “DOG THE BOUNTER HUNTER” PREMIERES
TONIGHT AT 9PM EASTERN ( 6 P.M. HAWAII TIME, REPEATS AT 10 P.M.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT:
Mona K. Wood

Honolulu, HI – Dog the Bounty Hunter, A&E’s hit Real-Life series, premieres a brand new season today at 9PM ET/PT (airs in Hawaii at 6 p.m., repeats 10 p.m.). Season 5 will pick up where the last season left off – with Duane “Dog” Chapman and his posse capturing fugitives week to week in adrenaline-fueled hunts in Hawaii and Colorado.

Dog the Bounty Hunter has been one of the highest rated real life series on cable since it launched in 2004. The last season of the hit show averaged nearly 2 million viewers per premiere episode. Dog the Bounty Hunter Season 5 will highlight the series 100th episode of the series, a major landmark for television shows.

The show returned to the air with reruns last month, on June 25th, and the new season’s shows have been filming in Hawaii and Denver. The family is currently in Denver and will return July 26th.

Before leaving for Denver, the Chapmans participated in and won a cooking challenge against Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle and his wife Judy, at Flavors of Honolulu, which benefitted Abilities Unlimited. After the cook-off, the two couples were interviewed by an Abilities Unlimited group that is learning media skills. The Chapmans then remained on-site for another hour-and-a-half to accommodate autograph and photo requests. (see photo of Chapmans with their winning salsa and chips, attached; photo courtesy Mona K. Wood; more photos are available at http://www.dogthebountyhunter.com under “latest news.”)

The Chapmans will be meeting with two Make-A-Wish kids in early August, and have worked with the charity to fulfill numerous Make-A-Wish kids’ wishes over the years. They have also donated their time to March of Dimes and several schools in Hawaii, as well as charities on the mainland, including the Mooseheart Child City & School in Illinois. The Chapmans and their fans raised $30,000 for the residential childcare facility and home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school.

DOG’S Official Fan Club… A Closer Look

We have word that the Dog Official Website has a new Webmaster. This Blog has several followers in
the Fan Club and they are pleased that concerns are being addressed. We are hoping that the site finally turns the corner and solves its growing pains. This Blog will update next month on progress and the satisfaction of our friends on site. We are told from several sources that the site is well monitored and lacks the nastiness of A&E Forums.
Beth seems to visit on a semi-regular basis to chat with fans in the Chat Room. The rest of the crew has been rarely seen according to members. The other major complaint posted was the lack of items and quality of the Fan Club Kit. These complaints seem to have been addressed by management. Let us see if they follow through with their promises.

This Blog will keep on top of the story.

Douglas Muire
July, 2008
Chicago

Perseverance: Dog Chapman Interview

Perseverance: Dog Chapman Interview
July 03, 2008 10:00 AM EST
On June 24, 2008, I had a lengthy interview with Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman. Chapman is the star of A&E’s returning hit show Bounty Hunter, where he will once again track felons on the run before a nation of thrilled television viewers. Chapman was gracious enough to take a break from what will be season number five of the Bounty Hunter program to talk with me on my radio show the ‘Conscience of Kansas.’ I think the interview had many exciting facets, and I invite readers to watch both part one and part two of the YouTube version of our conversation. What I would like to focus my discussion on today is my own reflections on the controversy surrounding the man known as ‘Dog’ Chapman.

Currently, Chapman is attempting a comeback of not only his television program but also a resurrection of his name in the public eye following the racist comments that came to national attention back in November 2007. It is here that those who wish to look beyond the flamboyant tough guy presentation that Chapman exudes can see, if they wish, a bit of character which is often lacking in many individuals whose reputations have not suffered the verbal bashing that Chapman has endured over the past several months. There are no apologies here for Chapman; his words in a private conservation with a family member that were made public were hurtful to many and rightly so. However, while we should not minimize the damaging impact of Chapman’s words, I believe it would also be folly to forget how he handled a situation that threatened both his career and personal name. In an environment today that promotes victimization and the avoidance of accountability, Chapman placed the fault of his statements where many politicians will not; that is, he took the blame head on.

Having apologized in almost every venue possible, Chapman steps back into the public eye in hopes of renewing his former stardom. The question is, will the nation embrace him as before? Some people may refuse to forgive the audio clips of Chapman’s derogatory private statements from 2007; others may remember the man that courageously nabbed the serial rapist Andrew Luster in Mexico, which most certainly saved other women from the most egregious of personal violations. What I observed from my conversation with the man called ‘Dog’ was a unique mixture of the goodness and imperfection that is in all of us. Specifically, Duane Chapman is gregarious but gracious, gruff but extremely kind; he is blunt while also being very articulate.

In short, there are many facets to this individual that the camera may not readily capture. The most notable of these characteristics that caught my eye is that Chapman has a genuineness about him that becomes apparent when discussing his life passion in bounty hunting. Chapman appears to not only understand the dangers involved in dealing with the individuals he tracks, but he also appears to empathize with those same individuals, who due to their life choices, have found themselves with the ‘Dog’ on their heels.

Will Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman reclaim his former popularity? Only the future will tell. However, if I were a betting man, I would say that the odds are in Chapman’s favor as folks tend to gravitate towards people they see as authentic, despite their imperfections. Americans, by their nature, also have an undeniable attraction to those who embody the American Spirit to pick themselves up out of the dirt without complaints or excuses, dust themselves off, and keep on going doing their best. I call this tenacity to overcome life’s hurdles perseverance; Duane Chapman terms it simply as ‘hanging in there.’ Either way, it’s one of the components of success, and you can bet that the man named ‘Dog’ is tracking a full comeback with the same effort he puts into every man hunt. As for me, I hope he finds it.

Paul A. Ibbetson is a published author and lecturer on the Patriot Act. He is a former Chief of Police of Cherryvale, Kansas, and member of the Montgomery County Drug Task Force. Paul is the author of the book ‘Living Under The Patriot Act: Educating A Society’ and is the host of the award

YouTube Interview Links
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBHBOMSW1JU Part one

Young Cancer Fighter Meets His Hero

Leukemia fighter Brody Chapman of Eckville meets TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, a.k.a. Duane Chapman (no relation), in Hawaii. Brody, founder of the Scrapping With Cancer program, shared the overseas trip with 23 other kids through the Make a Wish Foundation.
Leukemia fighter Brody Chapman of Eckville meets TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, a.k.a. Duane Chapman (no relation), in Hawaii. Brody, founder of the Scrapping With Cancer program, shared the overseas trip with 23 other kids through the Make a Wish Foundation.

Leukemia fighter Brody Chapman of Eckville meets TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, a.k.a. Duane Chapman (no relation), in Hawaii. Brody, founder of the Scrapping With Cancer program, shared the overseas trip with 23 other kids through the Make a Wish Foundation. (Supplied photo)

When little Brody Chapman recently stood in front of his brawny, long-haired idol in Hawaii, it was more than a wish come true. It was also a victory of sorts.

Last summer, Chapman’s family wasn’t sure Brody was going to make it to the fall. The 12-year-old Eckville boy had been battling leukemia since spring. He had made a wish through the Make A Wish foundation to meet reality TV star Duane Chapman (no relation), better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, but his mother wasn’t sure it would work out.

“We asked him a couple of times to change his wish,” Carmen Chapman remembered. “But that was his wish, he was going to do it.”

His determination paid off. Brody and his mother finally set off to Hawaii to meet Dog June 13. But instead of just basking in the rays of sun and stardom, Brody decided to bring some business along. As founder of the Scrapping With Cancer program, which gives kids battling cancer a scrapbooking kit to document their journey free of charge, he decided it was a good opportunity to help kids beyond Alberta.

“He ended up sharing his wish with 23 other children,” Carmen said.

Brody delivered the kits to Kapi’lani Medical Center for Women & Children before meeting Dog. At first the patients and their families were skeptical, but once they realized it was a gift to help them along their road to recovery, they were grateful, Carmen explained.

“When we got to the hospital, he felt like he was Santa Claus,” she added.

The next day they set off to meet Dog. The visit was originally scheduled for half an hour, but they wound up hanging out for nearly an hour and a half. The visit surpassed both their expectations, Carmen said. Two of Dog’s children and his grandson were also there.

Man Claims Dog Show Owes Him Millons

Man claims “Dog The Bounty Hunter” owes him millions http://www.privateofficer.com

NEW YORK CITY NY 2008 An actor who says he created the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” reality TV program has sued the show’s producers for at least $5 million that he claims they owe him in royalties, salary and other compensation.
Boris Krutonog of Los Angeles says the A&E Television Networks and others failed to pay him for the fourth season of the show as its creator and co-executive producer. Filming for the fifth season recently began.
The Honolulu-based show’s producers also have failed to give Krutonog accountings of money earned from home video, TV syndication and other sources, according to his papers filed this week in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court.
Krutonog also complains in court papers that he was the target of “abusive, violent and outrageous conduct” and “episodes of psychotic behavior by” the show’s stars, Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth !!!
Krutonog says A&E, television producer David Houts and his companies, Hybrid Films Inc. and D&D Television Productions Inc., breached their contract with him. He seeks compensatory damages and unspecified punitive damages.
On Wednesday, Houts referred questions about Krutonog’s claims to A&E. The networks’ spokesman, Dan Silberman, said he could not comment on pending litigation.
Krutonog, a Russian-born actor who had roles in “Air Force One,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Italian Job,” says in court papers that he introduced himself to “Dog” Chapman in 1995.
Believing that Chapman’s colorful life and exploits could be the basis of a movie or a TV show, Krutonog signed contracts with Chapman and received the exclusive right to develop the program, court papers say.
Chapman’s adventures included a raid into Mexico in 2003 to capture serial rapist and fugitive Andrew Luster. Chapman and his crew had faced criminal charges there because of the abduction but a Mexican judicial panel dismissed the case.
Between 1995 and 2003, Krutonog developed what became “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” court papers say. They say that to get his consent to produce and air the show, A&E agreed to pay him as co-executive producer “for the life of the program.”
The show was pulled off the air in November after Chapman was heard in a taped telephone conversation using a racial slur to refer to his son’s girlfriend, who is black. Last week, Chapman and A&E executives announced the return of the show with Chapman saying he was “ashamed” of his racial remarks.
by privateofficernews