Lifetime has picked up the crime-fighting series for a 25th season.
September 6, 2011
Lifetime announced today that it has picked up previously-cancelled crime-fighting series America's Most Wanted. The long-running show aired 24 seasons on the Fox Network before getting the axe back in May.
Lifetime says it plans to air Season 25 of the newly-revived series later this year. The well-known face of America's Most Wanted, John Walsh, will resume his duties as host and executive producer when the show returns.
"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," network President and GM Nancy Dubuc said in a press release. "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."
When Fox cancelled the series earlier this year, it stated plans to air quarterly 2-hour specials of the show. Word is that those specials will still air as planned on the network - the first one slated for Saturday, October 29, 2011.
(Source: TV by the Numbers)
08/05/13 at 11:25pm
Kudos to you Nancy Dubuc, madam president and GM, Lifetime Network!! It is easy to understand how you got your job and why you'll have it for a long time to come.
I watch a lot of Lifetime movies and the few good shows airing on A&E and TNT but they have been disappointing, too, cancelling good programs without giving a proper chance. Don't let Nielsen ratings lead you just guide you, listen to your viewers first! Maybe you could offer up some wise insights to other GM's/CEOs so, we, the paying public don't keep getting left out of the vote.
05/19/13 at 10:03pm
What a shame that such a valuable show was cancelled.
In light of all the violent happenings, such as the Colorado theater shooting, school children shooting, Boston bombing, it's ludicrous for a major network to have canceled AMW. SHAME ON YOU FOX! You've canceled a much needed show. I guess it doesn't matter anymore, because I've canceled Fox out of my viewing experience.
05/12/13 at 06:35am
Great idea for saving a show.... put it on a network most people can't watch it on... LOL... Seems pretty pointless, especially for this kind of show. Why anyone would find this kind of show "entertaining" is beyond me... But it did serve a need in the law enforcement community and should be on FREE, public TV channels. If it's going to go to the money pit of cable TV, it may as well be canceled.
05/08/12 at 03:03pm
Compliments to Lifetime for picking up AMW-- it was both a smart decision and a very civic minded one!
11/30/11 at 03:09pm
I can't believe that anyone at Fox really thinks cancelling AMW is a good idea. Over the many years it has been aired on t.v. they have helped to catch and solve many cases that would have never been solved if it had not been aired to the public. While I am very thankful that Lifetime picked this show up, I think it's appalling that a show that helps in such a positive way would be switched off main cable. Now the a lot of the viewers may not be able to follow the show if they do not have more than basic cable. Regardless, though we already know Fox is retarded having cancelled other shows such as Family Guy and bringing them back..Let's hope that's what they do with AMW.
11/01/11 at 06:45pm
So shocked this show "is not making $" WHAT?! lets see...me, my boyfriend, his 20 brothers and sisters, my brothers and sister, my parents, his parents, friends, co-workers all watch and are loyal fans! oh and plus all the ppl out there watching too.. and this show is not making it! RIDICULOUS! plussince the last show we have been switching the channel every Saturday at 9 PM hoping the show would be on and nothing! :( I finally had it and decided to do some research and see what the hec is going on!! THANK YOU LIFETIME! To me TV is a waste of a day and the reason why everyone is lazy but I do have three reasons why I turn it on... AMW, KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, AND NEWS! =)
10/01/11 at 07:14pm
Bring it back to free TV so a broader range of viewers can also be in the hunt for monsters! This show is much more productive and important then the stupid weekly shows showing housewives fighting and punching one another. AMW is money well spent!!!!!!!!!
09/22/11 at 06:27pm
This show has been a vital public service for 24 years. It should continue with Bill a long as he wants to do it and after that he can name someone to follow in his footsteps. I would contribute money as I hope millions would too if it came down to dollars and cents. For law enforcement this is often their last resort.
Seriously, this is more importsnt than the idiots on Jersey Shore! And if it's not, we are in deep trouble.
09/15/11 at 10:22pm
That is great news I hope The Crime And Investigation Network picks up the Screening rights down here in Australia it's a great show and is needed for Viewers to help catch wanted Villains around the world
09/15/11 at 07:16pm
Thank you, Lifetime! There are way too many bad people out there that need to be accounted for and not get away with their horrible crimes....John Walsh and AMW are awesome together in this fight for justice! We need them!!!