By his count, Duane “Dog” Chapman has spent 41 years as a bounty hunter, catching 8,000 fleet-footed bail-jumping men and women — then dispensing a measured mix of derision and compassion on shows like Dog the Bounty Hunter, as he urges the criminals to change their lives for the better. He has pursued a perp over volcanic mountains and hunted down a court-skipper amid trick-or-treaters. But until he began filming Dog’s Most Wanted on WGN America, he had not seen or done it all.
Dog’s Most Wanted finds Chapman taking things to the next level. Higher-profile fugitives, attempted murderers and sexual assault criminals are targeted throughout the 10 episodes. But he’s really concerned about the victims of their crimes.
“If [their story] touches my heart, it’s ‘Dog’s most wanted,'” Chapman says. And while his crack team of cohorts includes the family members and “Dirty Dozen” hunters fans are familiar with from previous series Dog the Bounty Hunter and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, “We have a lot of new, modern equipment we never had before,” Chapman says. As examples, he cites the night vision, drones and other nonlethal weapons that caused one caught perp to complain, “Dog, you’re cheating!”
However, in this series, Chapman must also deal with a wrenching reality so unjust that it leaves him, in a sense, defenseless: the death of Beth Chapman — his beloved wife of 13 years and longtime partner in crime-fighting — from throat cancer on June 26, 2019.