The America's Most Wanted revival series is officially happening at Fox. Elizabeth Vargas will take over hosting duties from original host John Walsh. The hit initially ran from 1988 to 2011 on the Fox network, with Walsh as host. The iconic series helped law enforcement find more than 1,000 fugitives over the course of its 24 years on the air. Fox canceled the series in June 2011, but aired four specials during the 2011-12 season. In 2011, America's Most Wanted returned as a regular weekly series on Lifetime and was canceled in 2012.
The America's Most Wanted revival series will air each week with Elizabeth Vargas asking for viewers' help as she breaks down cases from the show's new headquarters. Vargas will be consulting with a team of experts representing law enforcement units such as the FBI, U.S. Marshall's Office, and Secret Service. Returning at a time when social media and technology loom large in the public consciousness, America's Most Wanted will offer a unique and urgent opportunity for viewers to be armchair detectives by helping law enforcement solve some of the toughest cases.
The revival series is set to deploy a myriad of advanced, modern-day developments in technology over the last several years to help find fugitives. The America's Most Wanted revival series builds on its original format, in which crimes are reenacted, by utilizing new state-of-the-art crime-fighting technology, such as augmented reality and 3D life-size avatars that will illustrate what suspects might look like now, pinpoint map-tracking that will take the audience hot-on-the-trail of suspects, and social media that connect viewers to the America's Most Wanted team at lightning-fast speed. Viewers at home can attempt to aid in the pursuit of justice by using social media to try and help law enforcement track down culprits and keep America's neighborhoods safe.
Rob Wade, Fox Entertainment's alternative entertainment and specials president, says, "America's Most Wanted empowered viewers to help America successfully capture some of its most dangerous fugitives." Wade hopes that they will do the original series justice while also hoping to "continue John Walsh's long-standing mission to be a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere."
John Walsh doesn't have any involvement with the new version of America's Most Wanted, but he give it his full support. "Capturing dangerous fugitives, bringing justice to victims and finding missing children is my lifetime's work," said Walsh. "I am so excited to hear 'America's Most Wanted' is coming back and I support its return. God bless." Walsh became a criminal investigator and victim rights advocate after the murder of his 6-year old son in 1981. America's Most Wanted is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment. John Ferracane will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series, with Jim Clemente, Tim Clemente and James Bruce of XG Productions and Glenn Geller also executive producing. Deadline was one of the first outlets to report on the revival series.