Dog the Bounty Hunter debuts tonight.

Dog the Bounty Hunter debuts tonight.
COPS meets reality TV tonight as A&E debuts its new series Dog the Bounty Hunter with two back-to-back episodes starting at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman as he “hunt[s] down bail-jumping criminals while trying to maintain his marriage and a relationship with his twelve children.” The Boston Globe’s Joanna Weiss writes that Dog “takes the scary/cuddly dichotomy to a new level” and says his “requisite analogies about criminals and life” get tired but “without the treacly stuff, the series probably wouldn’t exist.” The New York Post’s Linda Stasi says that “Dog might be a real character, but listening to his bible-preaching and lectures about fatherhood while doting on his latest crop o’ little children and his formerly estranged grown son smacks of phony.” The Boston Hearld’s John Ruch disagrees, writing that “the connection is real and the conversation often affecting. Dog may be outlandish, but he isn’t fake.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.