'Dog the Bounty Hunter' canceled; CBS renews 'Rules of Engagement'

dog-the-bounty-hunter-getty.jpgBite-sized TV news, including items on the Emmys and History channel launching a scripted series:

- After eight seasons of capturing the bad guys, A&E has pulled the plug on "Dog the Bounty Hunter." The show, which starred Duane "Dog" Chapman, first aired in August 2004. A source tells TMZ that the show was sacked over "creative differences." [ TMZ]

- "Rules of Engagement" is hanging on for another season. The CBS comedy wasn't among the network's renewals announced at the upfronts last week, but the Eye and producer Sony Pictures TV have reached a deal for 13 more episodes, which will push it to the magic syndication number of 100. [ EW]

- CMT has tapped Kristen Bell and Toby Keith as the hosts of the 2012 CMT Music Awards, which air June 6. Kristen Bell? Yep: The "House of Lies" star is apparently a pretty big country music fan. [ CMT]

- Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment") will star in the History Channel's first scripted series, "Vikings." He'll play a Norse leader who's suspicious of young hero Ragnar Lothbrok (who's yet to be cast). The show comes from "The Tudors" creator Michael Hirst and will premiere in 2013. [ History]

- The Creative Arts Emmys will air on Reelz Channel for the second consecutive year. The ceremony, which honors the behind-the-scenes talent in television, will take place Saturday, Sept. 15 and air on Sept. 22, a day before the Primetime Emmys. [ Reelz]
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