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'America's Most Wanted' Moves to Lifetime

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 7th 2011 6:05AM
John WalshFans of 'America's Most Wanted' can rest easy. Host John Walsh has come through on his promise to find a new home for the weekly series after it was cancelled by Fox back in May. Later this year the veteran law-enforcement show will launch its 25th season on ... Lifetime.

It sounds like an odd pairing, but the two may not be as mismatched as first appears. Earlier this summer, Lifetime President and General Manager Nancy Dubuc spoke of the network's new push to embrace the contemporary woman.

And, according to Deadline, although the series seems very macho and guy-oriented on the surface, if you dig a little deeper you find that it's actually female-skewing because of its "wish-fulfillment element that justice will be served."

In a statement announcing the move, Dubuc said "'America's Most Wanted' is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies. For more than two decades John Walsh has been leading the fight against crime and it's an honor to partner with him on bringing back this important show."

Walsh also issued a statement, saying that the deal was closed Tuesday afternoon: "I've always believed there was something very special about 'America's Most Wanted' and that there should be a home for it on television, and I couldn't be happier to now be able bring it back on Lifetime. We've often been called the court of last resort ... now we are back in the game and ready to saddle up for another season to get justice for victims and put dangerous criminals behind bars."

After 24 seasons on the air Fox cancelled 'AMW' as a weekly series, citing soaring production costs. At the time, the network said it would air four quarterly specials in the upcoming fall season, with the first premiering in October. When the last weekly episode of 'AMW' aired on Fox in June Walsh vowed to keep the series alive. "We kept the hotline and website up, and we've caught four guys," he said. "The viewers didn't give up on us."

It was axed by Fox once before, in 1996, but was reinstated in its familiar Saturday night slot after protests from viewers and law-enforcement officials were boosted by low ratings for the shows that were brought in to replace it.

The long-running show premiered on Fox in 1988. Walsh, previously a hotel executive with no TV experience, was tapped as host after he launched his own crime-busting crusade following the abduction and murder of his young son Adam.

Over the last 24 season it's estimated that the series has played a role in the capture of more than 1,100 fugitives in the U.S. and in 30 countries, including 17 criminals who were listed on the FBI's 'Ten Most Wanted.' It has also assisted in the rescue of 61 children.

In recognition of his achievements Walsh is due to accept a special Emmy Saturday. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will give Walsh its Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony in Los Angeles. This honor goes to a person or organization that makes a substantial impact or demonstrates an extraordinary use of television.

The first two-hour 'America's Most Wanted' special airs Saturday Oct. 29 on Fox.


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you people need to know that this man it a pervert,he has addmitted it on national tv. he is a sexofender by his on standards, the adam walsh act. he needs to turn himself in and be convicted just as a lot of our kids are having to do. he who cries the loudest is usually one to!!!!!!!! need to get him off the air, this one reason that fox took him off the air.

October 12 2011 at 12:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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November 12 2011 at 5:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been a fan of AMW for many, many years and am very surprised that Fox would use such a short sighted excuse as "soaring production costs" to cancel such a wonderfully productive show. It seems to me that with all the costs they expend to make the lowly reality shows that are aired every week, they actually would make money on AMW, but then it is typical that the major networks cancel the only actually good show on television, in exchange for the ones that are not even worth anyone's time. I can't understand why Fox and the other networks continue to air such shows as "Bad Girls", "Housewives series", "Teen Moms" and many others, none of which have any value to the public whatsoever, yet cancel such a wonderful show as AMW. It is a sad example of just how low the public's taste have sunk.

September 11 2011 at 11:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don

September 10 2011 at 12:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was surprised that the Oprah's channel, (OWN) did not snap up the AMC show as she could use the ratings...But that aside, I am glad that the show will continue as I have watched it for years and to me that is the kind of reality shows that we need that gets all these Criminals off the street and make it safer for every one else...So thank you Lifetime ( also a channel that I have watched TV on for years and still continue to do so) and John Walsh for making this all happen---Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

September 07 2011 at 8:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am thrilled "America's Most Wanted '" is coming back on. Thank you John Walsh and Fox for bringing back this awesome show. Just in case somebody missed it, the first show will be on Saturday Oct. 29th, not sure yet what time, we will watch our tv schedule.

September 07 2011 at 6:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

With this violent world, we need John Walsh and "American Most Wanted." This program performs a public service in helping law enforcement keep the pedophiles, misfits, criminals, psychopaths, etc. out of society. This is good news for Mr. Walsh and his TV program.

September 07 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Larry Ickes

YEA!!!! but they don't say anything about when it will start, what day it will be on, or what time... as others have said, I hope it is not another unsolved mysteries.

September 07 2011 at 6:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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dec 2 friday.. 2011

November 12 2011 at 5:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Way to go John. Glad for you. Keep the bad guys off the streets.

September 07 2011 at 5:44 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Oh well. Remember when LIfetime started rebraodcasting and making new episodes of Unsolved Mysteries?
The programmers never kept the episodes in a secure time slot, so the series drifted away until Spike TV took over.
Hope Lifetime doesn't repeat the same mistake with AMW

September 07 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am glad this show came back to tv. Fox wastes so much money on all these other useless shows and
this is a good show that has done good things. God bless John Walsh for doing all he does. I think he could
go a news channel and do they show we can get rid of Nancy Grace she is the rudest host on tv.

September 07 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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