Venerable TV show America’s Most Wanted has been cancelled yet again, this time by Lifetime. Still, there’s a possibility that it may return.
FOX ran the John Walsh-hosted series for 23 years (from 1988 until 2011) before cancelling it as a weekly series. In May 2011, the network pledged to air four two-hour specials during the 2011-12 season but Walsh vowed to find a new permanent home for the series.
Lifetime picked up America’s Most Wanted as a regular series in the Fall 2011 with 24 new episodes and it was then renewed for another 20 installments in March 2012. The last of those aired on October 12th.
According to TV Guide, Walsh and AMW producers were in discussions to continue the show but couldn’t make a deal for a 26th season.
Still, the show may not be dead yet. The show’s studio and production company say that they’re likely to explore other options to try to keep the series going. AMW has reportedly help catch more than 1,200 fugitives.
Either way, it looks like Walsh is going to stay on the air. Lifetime is developing a pilot, tentatively titled John Walsh Investigates. It will take “a different approach to Walsh’s ongoing crime fighting and victims’ advocacy work.”
What do you think? Are you sorry that AMW has been cancelled again? Are you hoping another channel picks it up? Would you watch Walsh’s new show?