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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28 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. disappointed says

    I am very disappointed that fox would cancel this show because it was “too expensive”. Money isn’t everything in the world. Catching murderers and abusers is worth more than any dollar amount. I am grateful to lifetime that they decided to pick up AMW. I will definitely watch faithfully. Thank you.

  2. Darren Smith says

    Great News that Lifetime has picked up America’s Most Wanted!!! I watched it every Saturday and look forward to wtching the show on Lifetime!


  3. Allison says

    I was so upset when it was cancelled I wrote a letter. After the show went off there was no need for me to watch fox any more. I can’t explain the joy I feel now that John Walsh
    Is coming back. Yea I am happy like a pig in mud. God is good.

  4. says

    I was very disappointed when i heard the show was cancelled. It seemed to me that someone
    would pick it up. I congratulate lifetime on their decision to air it. I will absolutely watch it as I have foe over 23 years!

  5. Cleo says

    Will I watch John Walsh? Absolutely! Shame on Fox for canceling a program that saves lives! It really should be on primetime on one of the major networks but good for Lifetime for picking it up. Hopefully, it will be successful!

  6. M Carry says

    My family and I have watched this show for years here in Canada and to find out that it has been cancelled is sad. I am not sure if we get the Lifetime network here if we do we will be watching it as Saturdays will not be the same if we don’t see it. The Simpson do nothing for us

  7. Joycee says

    Like everyone else I was truly disappointed that Americas Most Wanted was cancelled. Truth being said AMW was basically the only show on Fox that had any substance.

  8. luxuries says

    I’m really pleased to hear that my favorite Americas most wanted is coming back I will be following it on lifetime for giving it a chance thank u lifetime :)

  9. Sandy moon says

    I was very disappointed to hear AMW was cancelled! Believe me, I plan on watching Lifetime in anticipation of this shows return!!!

  10. Bill McLaughlin says

    A M W is Reality T V. Those who call themselves by that name are shows. A M W IS THE ONLY REALITY PROGRAM ON TV AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED

  11. Carmen says

    I have been looking for my show now for a few weeks decided to check on line to check on status. Am quite surprised that it was cancelled will watch on lifetime.

  12. Felicia J says

    yay! I was dissapointed when this show cancelled and I will definitly be tuning in, good lookin out Lifetime, I knew i loved this network.

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