A&E’s Outrageous ‘Dog’ Stunt
September 18, 2006 7:36 PM
I’ve seen stunts in my life. But nothing surpasses the hype surrounding A&E’s highly rated “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
There was a lot of huzzah last week about the possibility that Dog, a real bounty hunter with his own show on that network, will be extradited to Mexico to stand trial in connection with his 2003 capture there of fugitive Max Factor heir Andrew Luster.
Dog faces charges by Mexican authorities related to his chase and was jailed last week in Honolulu. Now he’s free, having posted bail, and A&E is airing a special report of his latest trials tomorrow night. Does anyone believe this tripe? There is no way on the planet that A&E could have produced this special without earlier knowledge about his state of affairs. I know they knew. And I predict Dog fans everywhere will glom on to this hoked-up special episode.
I suppose this is reality TV at its most real. But I sense a lot of manipulation behind the scenes. Don’t you?