It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since I was a ten-year-old kid, at home on a Saturday night, as John Walsh signed off on what was supposed to have been the last episode of America’s Most Wanted on FOX.
That was in 1996.
Naturally, the cancellation didn’t last, as governors and law enforcement officials from 37 states protested the cancellation of one of their most valuable crime-fighting platforms. FOX brought the series back before cancelling it again in 2011 due to poor ratings, at which point Lifetime picked up the ball, running the show for more than forty episodes.
Now, after a total 25 seasons on the air, the fat lady is warming up her vocal chords.
Lifetime has opted to cancel the long-running series after 25 seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. As first reported by TV Guide Magazine, the John Walsh-hosted effort may be shopped elsewhere.
Sources tell THR that AMW’s studio 20th Television and Walsh’s production company will likely explore their options to find the crime-fighting franchise a new home.
Lifetime and 20th Television have yet to release a statement, yet it’s being reported that Lifetime wishes to remain in the John Walsh business, potentially developing a project similar in theme to ‘AMW’. The prospective series, titled John Walsh Investigates, would focus on his victims’ advocacy work. Walsh initially launched ‘America’s Most Wanted’ after his only child, Adam, was murdered in 1981.
‘America’s Most Wanted’ was responsible for aiding in the capture of over 1,100 fugitives, 17 of which were on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, in the U.S. and 30 other countries.