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Lifetime — yes, Lifetime — picks up ‘America’s Most Wanted’

John Walsh, host of "America's Most Wanted.” (REED SAXON/AP)

Fox announced in May that it would not continue its long-running crime series “America’s Most Wanted” — but Lifetime came to the rescue on Tuesday, picking up the show for a 25th season.

The surprising move means that the show will be on the cable channel, and also air specials on Fox. When the network canceled the series in the spring, it agreed to air quarterly specials, starting in October.

At the upfronts in May, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said that while the John Walsh-hosted series was important to the network and a public service, Fox had “not made money on the show in quite a while.”

No word on when the show will start airing on Lifetime, but look for sometime later this year.

“’America’s Most Wanted’ is a seminal program that provides a very valuable service to both viewers and law enforcement agencies,” said Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc. “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.”

Fox aired the final weekly episode of the series, which debuted in 1988, this past June.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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