Lifetime cancels ‘America’s Most Wanted;’ show led to capture of 1,202 fugitives worldwide

By Lance Tillson, National Monitor | March 31, 2013

Lifetime cancels ‘America’s Most Wanted;’ show led to capture of 1,202 fugitives worldwide

Following his son’s death, John Walsh realized that America needed leadership in the fight to protect children.

Lifetime has cancelled “America’s Most Wanted,” according to TV Guide Magazine. The show has helped bring 1,202 fugitives to justice worldwide and has brought home more than 50 missing children over the past two decades.

According to Contactmusic.com, Lifetime picked up the show in December 2011, airing a total of 44 episodes. The website notes that the reality show has helped bring fugitives to justice in several notable cases, including a “person of interest” in the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.

However, TV Guide Magazine points out that “America’s Most Wanted” missed out on covering several high-profile cases, including the Newtown shooting and the hunt for the Los Angeles cop killer.

If you’re a huge fan of the show, the odds are that “America’s Most Wanted” could return on a different network. TV Guide Magazine notes that this is the third time the show has been cancelled. Fox News first cancelled the show in 1996 and then again in 2011.

TV Guide Magazine also reports that Lifetime is working on some new material with Walsh. The network is currently creating a pilot, called “John Walsh Investigates,” which would look at crime from a different angle than “America’s Most Wanted.”

The show’s host, John Walsh, never imagined making a career for himself as host of the long-running reality show. However, his life took an unexpected turn in 1981 when his only child was abducted from a mall close to his home in Hollywood, Florida and discovered murdered several weeks later. Ottis Toole, Adam Walsh’s killer, was named as the child’s killer in 2008.

Following his son’s death, Walsh realized that America needed leadership in the fight to protect children.

Were you a fan of “America’s Most Wanted?” Would you watch it again if another network picks up the program? Would you be interested in watching Wash’s new show? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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