John Walsh is back. Not that he’s been gone very long, or that anyone is really surprised. It’s been six months since Fox, citing high production costs, pulled the plug on his pioneer crime-fighting series, America’s Most Wanted, and fans and law-enforcement officials have been clamoring for his return ever since. The show was canceled briefly in 1996, but the pushback was huge, and it was rapidly reinstated. Now Lifetime television has stepped in and ordered 20 hourlong sessions of the durable program, which celebrates its 25th season at its new network Dec. 2 at 9 p.m. (The split from Fox is not complete. Walsh recently signed on for several two-hour specials throughout the year.) The format for catching the bad guys will be slightly edgier, but remains the same. The charismatic 65-year-old crusader, once picked as one of People’s “most beautiful,” says he is “thrilled to be back in the saddle.” Lifetime is equally pleased. “John is a rare, heroic guy … an amazing TV personality. He’s built an incredible show with the influence and the literal power to do good. That’s awe-inspiring,” says Rob Sharenow, vice president of programming, who calls America’s Most Wanted “one of the great… Read full this story
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