When Fox announced it no longer wanted “America’s Most Wanted,” producers of the series that enlists help in rounding up suspects went to other networks.
Who thought it would end up on Lifetime, though?
The network better known for female shows like “Drop Dead Diva,” a variety of original movies and recently, “Project Runway,” will make way for John Welsh’s series which has been credited for capturing more than 1,1000 fugitives in its 24 years on Fox, and has led to the rescue of 61 hildren and missing persons since the show’s launch in 1988.
“For more than two decades John Walsh has been leading the fight against crime,” Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks said in a statement. “It’s an honor to partner with him on bringing back this important show.”
Fox had said that for what would be its 25th season, it would only present “America’s Most Wanted” in occasional specials.
“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.
The relocated show will premiere on Lifetime later this year, the network said. And maybe soon after some of its cases will be adapted into some of those Lifetime women-in-peril movies.