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Fugitives You Better Run -- The Dog is BACK!

2/19/2008 2:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that Duane "Dog" Chapman will be back in business and back on the air on A&E. Woof!

A network official confirms to TMZ that the show is going back into production, but they've not yet set a premiere date. As of now, they're gearing up -- big time -- in Hawaii and production will begin ASAP. Makeup artists and camera crews have been hired, and houses and cars have been rented, all for the return of the show.

A&E had suspended production on "Dog the Bounty Hunter" indefinitely after a recording surfaced featuring Chapman making racial slurs. Chapman immediately began a tour of forgiveness, working with CORE and other groups to promote racial equality. We're told network execs were "very pleased" with Dog's attempt to make amends and his reaching out to members of the African American community.

A&E isn't just making this decision out of the goodness of their hearts either. The show was insanely popular for the network, here and internationally -- airing in over 20 countries.

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Deliman in the 206    

1st Doggggg!

2353 days ago
2.

KARRIE    

WELCOME BACK DOG!!

2353 days ago
3.

lisa    

Pink and Carey Hart are divorcing!

2353 days ago
4.

Michelle    

I can't stand this nobody. Fugitives are not scared of this guy. He's a retard.

2353 days ago
5.

jollyex    

Who's ass did he have to kiss?

2353 days ago
6.

Tangie    

That's nice, maybe his "brother" can whip it out!

2353 days ago
7.

Area 51    

Fugitives 'better run'? Why? As old as this relic is, you could probably outdistance him using a walker.

2353 days ago
8.

Mrs Butters    

I wait with baited breathe for the episode "Dog searches for slave cematary"

2353 days ago
9.

Bob. My name is the same forwards and backwards    

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!





KANYE WEST IS A WHINEY LITTLE B!TCH!

2353 days ago
10.

Wow    

Apologize!! Smuchhhh

2353 days ago
11.

littlepickdick    

Ice Head MOKE ' s better look out. Mullet man is back on the beat!

2353 days ago
12.

Barb in cleveland    

Yay!! Welcome back dog.we missed you!!! Now all we need is the return of a sane Britney, and the world will be a much happier place. WOOF WOOF

2353 days ago
13.

Mike    

Yeah?

2353 days ago
14.

Tennis Chick    

Yeah!

Go Dog! Love the show and catching the "bad" peeps in Hawaii. Makes my visits to the Hawaiian islands safer when "Dog the Bounty Hunter" catches fugitives! Also, I believe he and his team genuinely care about the fugitives to help get them off drugs or whatever lifestyle that has gotten them in trouble with the law!

Kudos to A & E for reinstating the show!

2353 days ago
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Michelle    

#2--Erica--how pathetic and desperate can you be?

2353 days ago
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