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America’s Most Wanted: Cancelled (Again) by Lifetime But…

americas most wanted cancelledVenerable 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?

 

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mark July 2, 2014 at 12:26 am

I record the show to have it ready to watch.

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mark July 2, 2014 at 12:21 am

I wish lifetime would bring back amw. it will be missed.

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David June 24, 2014 at 1:33 am

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to America’s Most Wanted coming back is that no matter what other network agrees to air it, Fox owns the show’s name. So, any other network who airs AMW has to pay Fox a (mega-expensive) royalty for each episode that is made and aired with the name. It’s a real catch-22 for the show, and in this case, for Lifetime; on one hand, Lifetime understandably feels they shouldn’t have to pay Fox to be able to air a show they did all the heavy lifting to produce. On the other, the AMW brand name is a tough thing to give up when it’s been around for 25 years, is a household name, and has 1,202 direct result captures to its credit. If Fox will sell the name to Walsh Productions, then the show has a fighting chance of coming back. But that is a big if.

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evelyn jackson June 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

please bring back America’s most wanted! I consider this show the bible for law enforcement and citizens alike.

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kenneth canada May 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm

please, bring americas most wanted back on weekly television.

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Gerald Irvin May 4, 2014 at 11:34 pm

America’s Most Wanted should air always. During these troubled times the program informs citizens about criminals and crime. Thus we understand better how to protect ourselves and our children. I’ve watched America’s Most Wanted since it started and wish it were on the air now.

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