America’s Most Wanted: Cancelled TV Show Saved by Lifetime

Americas Most Wanted season 25 savedLast May FOX shocked many when they announced that they were cancelling America’s Most Wanted as a regular series after 24 seasons on the air. As a consolation of sorts, the network planned to bring back the John Walsh-hosted program for quarterly TV specials.

Walsh and the show’s other producers weren’t pleased with the development and were said to be working on finding a new home for the weekly series. Realistically, that didn’t seem very likely to happen but now it has. Lifetime, a cable channel that’s geared primarily towards women, has picked up the show for season 25. Lifetime seems like an unlikely home for America’s Most Wanted but the show actually has a significant female audience who like to see justice served.

Season 25 of America’s Most Wanted is expected to begin airing on Lifetime by the end of this year. Here’s the official press release:


Television’s Top Crime-fighting Series, Hosted by John Walsh, to Return for 25th Season Later this Year

LOS ANGELES, CA (September 6, 2011) – Lifetime has picked up John Walsh’s pioneering series America’s Most Wanted, television’s top crime-fighting show that will return for its 25th season later this year. The announcement was made today by Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks.

Hosted and executive produced by Walsh, America’s Most Wanted has become one of the most important programs on television, having 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 rescue of 61 children and missing persons since its launch in 1988. Aside from its landmark status in the annals of television as a leader in using the medium to apprehend the world’s most dangerous criminals, the series also has shaped legislation and the national dialogue on crime fighting, and received numerous honors for its work. This month at the Creative Arts Emmy(R) Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present Walsh with the prestigious Governors Award, which “salutes an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television.”

“America’s Most Wanted is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies,” said 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 bring it back on Lifetime,” said Walsh. “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.”

Walsh is known internationally as a crime fighter, victims’ advocate and the host of America’s Most Wanted. He never sought the role, but this has been his life since July 27, 1981 — the day his only child, Adam, was abducted from a mall near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Adam was found murdered two weeks later. Born in Auburn, New York, and educated at the University of Buffalo, Walsh moved to Florida with his wife, Revé, and had been a successful hotel developer before Adam’s tragic murder. The Walsh’s experience showed them that the nation was in desperate need of leadership in the fight to protect children. Out of their pain, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was created in 1984, after President Ronald Reagan signed the “Missing Children’s Assistance Act.” The NCMEC is the premier child protection non-profit, providing invaluable resources to parents, children and law enforcement in the United States and internationally. On July 27, 2006 — 25 years to the day since Adam’s abduction — at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, President George W. Bush signed a new, tough-as-nails law to track and apprehend convicted sex offenders who disappear after their release from prison: “The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.” July 27 is now a bittersweet day for the Walshes. It’s a date that marks the worst day of their lives in 1981, but also a day that brings hope to families who seek justice and answers because of the law named for their son.

A hero to law enforcement, Walsh has been honored numerous times by many local, state and federal agencies. In addition to being named “Man of the Year” by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, Walsh was also made an honorary U.S. Marshal. He is only the third man to receive this honor in the organization’s 200-plus-year history.

Walsh’s three best-selling books, Tears of Rage, No Mercy and Public Enemies, tell his family’s story and about the toughest America’s Most Wanted cases he’s worked on. Although he’s never held political office, Walsh has been the driving force behind major pieces of child protection legislation. This hard work led to him being honored five times by four presidents: Ronald Reagan (twice), George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

John and Revé were blessed with three more children after Adam: Meghan, Callahan and Hayden. John and his wife continue to fight for victims’ rights and for justice throughout the United States and wherever children or crime victims are in need.

More information on America’s Most Wanted can be found at Become a fan of America’s Most Wanted on Facebook at and follow the series on Twitter at (@1800crimetv).

Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television(R), Lifetime Movie Network(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal.

What do you think? Are you glad that America’s Most Wanted is returning weekly? Will you watch weekly on Lifetime? Quarterly on FOX? Both or neither?

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  1. Jade says

    Have been checking lifetime every friday! When is amw comeing back? Its now april 2013….. Have not seen it in long time bring back the show soon

  2. Rhoda says

    It’s now 3/26/13 and I’ve been checking via internet when AMW’s showing this year. I have been watching this so important show from day 1.

  3. Luxie Rupp says

    Where is America’s Most Wanted? I have been watching from day one. Fox made a big mistake cancelling, but they pretty much ruined their Sat. night line up as far as I am concerned. First they canned Mad T.V. and now AMC. I dont watch fox evenings anymore…well except cops, but since that is a good show, I am sure they will chop it next…..Only show I watch on Fox is Good day LA…now that they have an awesome new co-anchor…instead of an annoying, too opinionated, loud mouth

  4. katrina fontenot says

    I been missing AMW too. So I emailed them. They said they had season finale on Lifetime Oct. But they waiting for Lifetime to tell them when they coming back on air. But no it has not been cancelled thank God. Just dont know how long its going take them bring it back on.

  5. Roseanna says

    We check every week on Fri. to see if AMW is going to be on & am disappointed every time to find that it will not be on. What is going on?? Has the show been cancelled? It is quite a letdown. We watched every week when it was on Fox and everytime it was aired on Lifetime. I miss it very much and want to see it come back.

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  7. Sharon Clark says

    I like many of Amw viewers am also wondering if the show is going to be coming back some time in 2013? There is nothing on any site that even mentions if it is going to be renewed or cancelled. I think it would be a big mistake to take this show off the air as it has been very beneficial in getting a lot of criminals off the streets, where as if there was no show i’m
    guessing at least half or maybe more of the fugitives that have been captured would still be at large today.
    please let the public know whats going on with the show- you owe us that much!

  8. Rosemary Hopping says

    What happened to amw, I thought Lifetime was happy to pick it up After Fox canceled it No Explanation! What happened, are they going to bring it back? Please bring it back it’s a really important show

  9. says

    So glad lifetime picked up this wonderful show that has grown along with me and my family and welcomed into our home each week. I was greatly disappointed when i heard it was being canceled ..praises go to lifetime on this one.

  10. Michelle says

    Ok why why why!!!!!! Just think how many people’s life has been saved from catching these monsters out there. Now since it’s not on wonder how many people have been killed due to the show not being on. Not sure nothing makes sence to me why a good thing is gone. I don’t get it.

  11. Randall says

    I , as many other fully disabled officers (always) set alarms @ home just to see who is on the AMW list, even worldwide. Hats off -and thumbs up for Mr. Walsh! God Bless him and family. Also thanks to any and all who help in capture of any of these animal beasts!.

  12. J. Carbone says

    We were disappointed not to find AMW on our local Fox station on Saturdays; it was such a favorite for years and years. Glad it is now on Lifetime! Time and day?

    Thank you.

  13. Tami says

    I cannot believe they would cancel a Reality show that actually MAKES SENSE!!! It helped get the Bad people off the streets before they could hurt others. The biggest question in my mind is WHY?

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