Dog the Bounty Hunter will return as A&E gives him a “second chance”

Following his racist tirade and weak apologies, Duane “Dog” Chapman will return to A&E. In a statement, A&E said that since the show was pulled off the air in November,

Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman has taken and continues to take the appropriate steps in reaching out to several African American organizations in an effort to make amends for his private comments to his son which were released publicly. Since the premise of ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ is about second chances — we have decided to give him one.”

A&E “[has] decided to start production again of ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ but no airdate has yet been scheduled,” Reuters reports.

Correction: An earlier version of this post referenced a year-old press release and referred to the series’ August 2007 return. I regret the error.

Bounty Hunter “Dog” to return to the air [Reuters]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

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.