- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2008

Out of ‘Dog’ house

A&E; Network soon will resume production of its reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” nearly four months after suspending the show over racist remarks made by its star, Duane “Dog” Chapman, Mutichannel News reports.

The network has yet to set a return airdate for the show, which follows the exploits of bounty hunter Mr. Chapman and his family, but A&E; officials say they’re making plans to go back into production.

A&E; suspended the show in November after the National Enquirer posted an audio clip of Mr. Chapman using the n-word in reference to his son’s girlfriend during a private phone conversation. “Dog,” which premiered on A&E; in 2004, was one of the first reality shows A&E; added to its schedule.

“Over the last few months, Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman has taken and continues to take the appropriate steps inreaching out to severalAfrican American organizations in an effort to make amends for his private comments to his son, which were released publicly,” A&E; said.

“Since the premise of’Dog: The Bounty Hunter’ is about second chances wehave decided to give him one.”

‘Monk’ back on USA

Mr. Monk is on the case again.

“Monk,” the Emmy-winning USA series that stars Tony Shalhoub as the obsessive-compulsive private detective, has been picked up for an additional 16 episodes for its seventh season, reports Zap2it.com.

The first half of season seven will air in July, with the second half following in January 2009.

On the show, Adrian Monk (Mr. Shalhoub) is a quirky cop-turned-detective suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder who uses his remarkable powers of observation, impeccable logic and vast arcane knowledge to solve murders. Aiding him are his assistant, Natalie (Traylor Howard); Capt. Leland Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine); and Lt. Randall Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford).

Mr. Shalhoub has earned three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and two SAG Awards for his portrayal of Monk.

‘Dance’ in D.C.

So, you think you can dance?

Then run, don’t walk, to today’s open audition at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. NE) for the Fox reality hit. Tryouts begin at 8 a.m., and callbacks take place tomorrow and Saturday at the Warner Theatre (13th and E streets Northwest).

Hosted by British TV personality Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance” last month began hosting its current round of auditions in various cities, which will include Dallas; Los Angeles; Salt Lake City; Charleston, S.C.; Milwaukee; and the District.

The 20 finalists selected will compete in Los Angeles and face different dance challenges — from ballroom to krumpling — each week. Last year’s winner was named “America’s Favorite Dancer” and received $250,000 and performed along with the top 10 dancers in a sold-out nationwide tour.

For audition details, log onto www.fox.com/dance/showinfo/casting2008.htm.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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