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Two new dog television shows to hit the air

The Disney Channel has announced a new live-action multicamera series slated to air in the fall of 2012. The series is dubbed “Dog with a Blog” and is a live-action comedy series from creator and executive producer, Michael B. Kaplan.

Kaplan’s television history includes “Frasier,” “Roseanne,” “Girlfriends“, and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” The series focuses on a family who adopts a dog hoping their two step-siblings will bond and get along as a result. Though the plot reveals this attempt does not initially work, the pair finds out the dog can not only talk but also writes on a blog. Disney’s U.S. channel will first host the series, which will then make its way on the Disney Channel worldwide.

Starring in the series are G. Hannelius (“Good Luck Charlie”), Blake Michael (“Lemonade Mouth”), Francesca Capaldi (“A.N.T. Farm“), Beth Littleford (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart“), Regan Burns (“Wizards of Waverly Place“) and Stephen Full (“I’m in the Band”).

Adam Bonnett, senior vice president of Disney Channel, shared, “Adam Bonnett, senior vice president of Disney Channel.  And our reward is that we found the one dog who could talk, blog and do his own stunts. Working with kids and animals has never been more fun!”

The show is timely, with BlogPaws ready to roll with its fourth annual conference. BlogPaws helps pet bloggers and enthusiasts connect digitally, build their online presence, enhance their social networks and give back to the pet community. Hundreds expected once again. Yours truly will be at this for the fourth time and every one going forward. It’s pet friendly and very very educational and networking oriented. Pet bloggers can be a product’s best friend, an educational resource, and more. I know because I am one.

In a related story, Dog in the City is the new show recently announced by CBS as a “dog reality series.” It stars Justin Silver, who apparently is dubbed in Manhattan, as the “go to guy” for dog-related issues. The show will focus on clients who have relationship issues, domestic issues, or lifestyle changes where a dog is also involved. (think my Golden Retriever makes my girlfriend panic).

With the American Pet Products Association reporting that nearly $53 billion will be spent on the pet industry this year, shows like these only reinforce the love affair we have with dogs.

Question: Will you watch either of these shows?

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