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article image'Dog the Bounty Hunter' canceled after eight seasons

By Kay Mathews     May 25, 2012 in Entertainment
Since the show premiered in 2004, the colorful bounty hunting clan has been running down fugitives but that ends in June.
Along with his wife, Beth, and adult children, Leland, Duane Lee and Lyssa, Duane "Dog" Chapman has been catching criminals on the A&E reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" since 2004.
An A&E rep confirmed to Variety that "it has opted not to order additional segs of the series."
The last few of the original episodes of the show will be broadcast in June. A&E states "New Episodes Return Saturday, June 2."
The eight seasons include more than 240 episodes featuring the bounty hunters doing business in Hawaii and Colorado.
TMZ's headline reads: Dog Chapman's Show Euthanized. The reason, according to TMZ and its sources, is due to "creative differences," which TMZ translates into meaning it "is like breaking up with a girl and saying, 'It's not you, it's me.'"
According to Variety, "One of the show's signatures has been the tough-love and spiritual pep talks delivered by various family members before they hand prisoners over to authorities."
Chapmans' book, Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given, provides insights into the origins of the spiritual pep talks. The book is described as:
The incredible story of struggle, redemption, and bounty hunting--which has catapulted Duane "Dog" Chapman into the hearts of millions, sparked a #1 rated television show, and inspired a #1 New York Times bestselling book--continues in Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given.
Beth Smith and husband Duane  Dog  Chapman signing books.  Rogers  AR
Beth Smith and husband Duane "Dog" Chapman signing books. Rogers, AR
Dog and his wife, Beth Smith, were on a tour promoting the book in 2010. Digital Journal was on hand at a March 23 event and saw the affection and respect that hundreds of fans showed toward the couple.
Given his fan base, and experience with many ups and downs in life, the "Dog the Bounty Hunter" show may be euthanized but not Dog. This is another down in Dog's life, but expect him to come back growling yet humble.
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