A week before their new CMT series Dog and Beth: On the Hunt premieres on CMT, Duane “Dog” Chapman and his wife Beth will address the issue that has weighed heaviest on their fans’ minds: What has happened with the Chapman clan since the family publicly imploded as Dog the Bounty Hunter headed toward its unexpected series finale.
Dog and Beth: The Preview Special premieres Sunday, April 14 at 8pm ET/PT on CMT and will re-air throughout the week leading up to their new bounty-hunting bonanza. Fans can also stream the special online at CMT.com.
According to the network’s press release, Dog and Beth: The Preview Special covers the 15-month timespan since the end of Bounty Hunter, during which the Chapmans and their children Leland, Duane Lee and Baby Lyssa argued over the future of the family’s bail-bond enterprise, and Duane and Beth prepared to take their business in a dangerous new direction alone. “Dog and Beth: The Preview Special shows the dramatic struggles of a professional bounty-hunting team attempting to move on without crucial team members, a father and son both battling their own pride and the Chapman’s unwavering belief in second chances,” the network said.
When I sat down with Dog, Beth and Leland Chapman in January to discuss Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, the issue of Lyssa and Duane Lee’s departure was foremost on Beth’s mind.
“The focal point of the show is our relationship — and our relationship with Leland,” she explained. “Because Leland wants to stay with his dad. Duane says this really profound thing where he says, ‘I don’t love you more, son. But you probably love me more than any of the other kids.’ Because as a parent, you don’t love any of your children differently. But they love you. And their love for you may be stronger than what your sister’s love is. And that’s what Leland is, right? His love for his dad is stronger than the others.’ And so he doesn’t want to be the one to leave or go away. He wants to be the one staying right here and doing what he does. And so we were really happy about that.”
Check out the rest of Channel Guide’s funny and revealing interview with Dog, Beth and Leland Chapman here and in the April issue of Channel Guide Magazine.
CMT photo by Andy Batt