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Lifetime sets premiere date for ‘America’s Most Wanted’ return

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

Lifetime has ordered 20 one-hour episodes for the 25th season of the show, in which viewers will be provided with information about notorious crime cases — and will be asked to contact the show with tips about the alleged perpetrator’s whereabouts.

Show creator/star John Walsh said Tuesday that he was excited to be “back in the saddle” again and working now with Lifetime.

“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,” he said.

Since its 1988 premiere, “AMW” has played a role in the capture of more than 1,100 fugitives in the United States and 30 other countries — including 17 fugitives on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, and the rescue of 61 children and missing persons.

Last May, Fox suits announced that they would not return the show as a regular series on Saturday nights, though they would run a batch of “AMW” specials, because they needed a time slot on Saturday nights in which to air reruns of weeknight shows.


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