And you thought Lifetime was just a girly-girl movie network.
Giving A&E, TLC, Discovery I.D. and other networks featuring true-crime series a run for their money — and their diverse viewership — the network has announced that it is the new home of the granddaddy of the fugitive-hunting-TV genre, John Walsh’s America’s Most Wanted, which was cancelled as a weekly series by Fox in June.
Walsh will return to host the series’ remarkable 25th season, which will feature 20 all-new, late-breaking cases and continue its signature effort to empower the viewing audience to help authorities hunt down America’s most dangerous criminals.
Since its 1988 inception, America’s Most Wanted has contributed to the capture of more than 1,150 fugitives around the world — including 17 on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List — and the safe return of 61 missing children and adults. The series has helped garner arrests in such front-page crime cases as the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, the murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen and the capture of FBI’s top ten most wanted fugitive, crime boss Whitey Bulger.
“I am excited to be back in the saddle and working with Lifetime,” Walsh said in a statement released by the network. “We are the court of last resort and with the show getting back to our weekly airing, we’ll have the capability of getting more fugitives off the streets and behind bars where they belong. We hope our observant fans continue the mission with us, on our new night — Friday — and keep our capture number climbing while helping those crime victims that need us.”
America’s Most Wanted 25 season premieres Dec.2 on Lifetime.