The cabler announced Tuesday the pick-up of the crime-fighting series, which earlier this year was demoted by Fox from a weekly manhunt to a series of quarterly specials.
“America’s Most Wanted is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies,” Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc said in a statement. “For more than two decades John Walsh has been leading the fight against crime and it’s an honor to partner with him on bringing back this important show.”
Walsh, executive producer and host of the groundbreaking program, echoed Dubec’s thoughts, saying, “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.”
“We’ve often been called the court of last resort,” he added, “and 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.”
AMW will launch its 25th season later this year on Lifetime, with Fox still planning to run the aforementioned specials — the first of which is slated to air in October.