CBS Announces New Reality Series 'Dogs in the City'

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April 12th, 2012

via press release:




CBS announced today the new reality series DOGS IN THE CITY, starring New York City dog guru Justin Silver, a master at resolving issues between canines and their owners – no matter whose behavior is at fault. The series will premiere Wednesday, May 30 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


In Manhattan, Justin Silver is known as the “go-to guy” for all things dog-related. He has a creative and instinctive ability to connect with his canine customers while solving dilemmas for their two-legged masters. In each episode, he meets with clients who present a range of relationship problems, lifestyle changes or domestic issues – from a couple looking to move in together, but she’s terrified of his golden retriever, to a recently divorced couple whose dog is having a rough time adjusting to joint custody. Justin gets as imaginative as necessary to reach a satisfying resolution, often finding that the owners can be a special breed themselves.


“Dogs are at the center of the story here, but this is a show that reveals as much about human nature as man’s best friend,” said Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. “Dogs are often a lightning rod for their owners’ emotions and dysfunction at home. Justin has an amazing gift to break down these complex issues with incredible heart, humor and, sometimes, much-needed candor.”


Justin Silver has been taking care of dogs and their owners for more than a decade. A dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of a pet care company, Silver is also a comedian and founder of Funny for Fido, a nonprofit that raises money for homeless animals by producing a yearly stand-up comedy event. Silver firmly believes that every dog can be trained to be a wonderful companion by working on issues calmly and confidently with both his four- and two-legged clients.


Julie Weitz, Carol Mendelsohn, Jen O’Connell and Nick Emmerson are executive producers. Gerry Greengrass serves as co-executive producer. DOGS IN THE CITY is produced by CBS’s Raquel Productions Inc. in association with Shed Media US Inc. and Carol Mendelsohn Productions.

  • AC75

    Normally I’d never have a good word to say about a reality program, but since this isn’t about finding your soulmate, being judged by a panel of asshats, being funny, singing, having a pointless talent, or eating reindeer balls I think it’s OK. At least dogs are fun to watch.

  • Ralph Hahn

    @AC75: I couldn’t agree more, bro.

    Reality shows were actually created when television was invented. The founders were certian that our intelligence would advance to such a degree, that by the 21st century (and when we discarded the Test Patterns) we would have something to slap on the air when people fall asleep. Instead, the reverse happened. And, reality shows went to primetime. Go figure! lol

  • AC75

    And, after a bit a research on this Justin Silver person, I’m actually thinking I might even watch. I like what he’s about.


    25 Pet People of 2010

    #19 Justin Silver

    “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been devastated yet unable to tear myself away from any programming that depicts suffering animals,” says Justin Silver. “Over time, I found it harder to rationalize standing on the sidelines as loving creatures remained defenseless victims of cruelty.”

    So, four years ago Silver, a comedian, took action and started Funny For Fido, a non- profit organization that brings together the country’s top comics to raise money for neglected and abused animals.

    This year’s event in New York City was bigger and better than ever, he says. An all star lineup including Colin Quinn (SNL) and Dave Attell (Comedy Central’s Insomniac) raised more than $30,000 for independent, no- kill animal rescue organizations in New York.

  • Networkman

    I feel this may just work. It should be ok for the Summer. There are so many dog owners. Dogs are apart of the family and at times there are issues that arises. There are dogs that are depressed. This will be interesting to see how these situations are resolved. It may be heart warming and informative at the same time.

  • Sam


  • Ekras

    For the love of [Censored] …. PLEASE STOP! NO MORE “REALITY” SHOWS! I don’t care how cheap it is….. your destroying both your own industry and our (the collective western) culture to boot!

  • MattM

    Animal Planet must have passed on it. It already sounded bad by the title, but the more I read the more it turned me off.

  • Lord Seth

    It seems a dumb concept, but for summer filler it doesn’t seem that bad.

  • Chris

    Cable has already done this. I’d watch a show that really was about dogs living in a city, but this is clearly about maladjusted people. I see enough of that on television already.

    You know what the best thing about dogs is? They don’t give a damn whether they’re on TV or not. And that’s precisely why people love watching them on TV, but because they can’t do annoying interview segments, or read from bad scripts, they get marginalized.

    If they ever did a show about dogs that really was about dogs, it would be a huge hit, because people have just had enough of this endless navel-gazing. Dogs don’t even HAVE navels. :)

  • James D.

    CBS tends to be more cautious when green-lighting unscripted shows, but they seem to be passing over more interesting concepts in recent months. That includes…

    — The “Undercover Boss” spinoff that A&E picked up
    — The Lisa Long-hosted “The Job” that sounds similar to the UB spinoff
    — U.S. versions of the UK games “The Cube” and “Secret Fortune”

    Instead, CBS opts for “3” (which has been done numerous times) and a “Dog Whisperer” ripoff.

  • K Adams

    I’ve been on the dog scene in NY for a long time. No one even knows who Justin is here in NYC. He is certainly not considered any dog guru within the city. I looked it up from another commenter. The guy is a comedian who adopted a pitbull a few years ago. That hardly makes him a dog guru with decades of experience. I think there are approximately 600k out of work actors that own dogs. CBS is reaching far on this one.

  • Chris

    @bluejays–it’s not so simple to measure love. I was in Germany, and saw that dogs wee allowed on trains, and in other places American dogs usually can’t go, but I also saw they were given very little chance to run free. In New York, there are all these restrictions on where you can bring your dog, but there are also places you can let your dog offleash to play with other dogs, and people go to a lot of trouble to give their dogs great lives. Germany is not all of Europe, obviously–but you would have a hard time finding the same kind of offleash scene there.

    In some ways their dog culture is better, but not in every way.

  • Dog Lover

    I’ll watch anything that features dogs — even wrestling or NASCAR.

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