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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Hunt is on in 'Dog' Chapman show

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Staff Writer

Back-to-back episodes tonight, will introduce Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife and business partner, Beth, and show how they round up the bad guys in the filmed-in-Hawai'i reality series, "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

A new reality show built around bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman debuts tonight.

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Chapman, 51, and Beth, 34, seek out real-life criminals on the lam — to date, he says they've corralled about 6,000 — and "Bounty Hunter" attempts to depict their roller-coaster livelihood.

The first episode, "To be a Bounty Hunter," introduces Dog's team and includes footage of Dog and Beth involved in a fight between two cars, culminating in Beth passing a file (along with a few choice expletives) from her vehicle to Dog's while traveling at 40 mph.

Those in recurring roles include Dog's son Leland Chapman, 27, also a bondsman and bounty hunter; Tim Chapman (no relation), a friend who also chases law-breakers; Dog's 21-year-old nephew Justin Bihag, an apprentice bounty hunter; office manager Wesley Yoon; and Chapman children Cecily, 11, Bonnie Jo, 5, and Garry, 3.


• 7 and 7:30 tonight, A&E

The second show, "The Competition," zooms in on Dog and Beth pursuing one fugitive while Leland and Justin chase another; the team that catches its fugitive first wins — though there's a trick element to this episosde.

Dog's tumultuous relationship with Beth and his 12 children (not all are in the family business) provides some of the tension. He is depicted as a quintessential American macho man who wants to make the world a better place to live — with the pursuit of redemption also on his agenda, since Dog himself served time in a Texas penitentiary.