“America’s Most Wanted” to return via Lifetime

The female-skewing cable net will run the 25th season of the program, recently canceled by Fox, later this year.
September 7, 2011

U.S. cable net Lifetime has picked up America’s Most Wanted, following the long-running series’ cancellation by Fox last May.

The series, hosted by John Walsh, was launched in 1988, seven years after the abduction and murder of Walsh’s son, Adam. Since its launch, the series has played a major role in the capture of more than 1,100 fugitives in the U.S. and 30 countries, including 17 on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, and in the rescue of 61 children and missing persons.

America’s Most Wanted is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies,” said Lifetime president and general manager Nancy Dubuc. “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.”

“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 to bring it back on Lifetime,” added Walsh.

Fox will still air four two-hour specials on a quarterly basis, as announced.

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