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Iconic “America’s Most Wanted” is being rebooted on Fox, with an all-new season beginning in March, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, Fox Entertainment. Produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and hosted by journalist Elizabeth Vargas, “America’s Most Wanted” will investigate some of the country’s most dangerous fugitives.
The logline: Each week, Vargas will ask for viewers’ help as she breaks down cases from the show’s new headquarters, 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.
Deploying a myriad of advanced, modern-day developments in technology over the last several years, the 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 3-D 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 lighting-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.
“‘America’s Most Wanted’ empowered viewers to help America successfully capture some of its most dangerous fugitives,” said Wade. “By bringing back this groundbreaking series with new and effective tech-based crime-fighting tools and acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Vargas, we hope to continue John Walsh’s long-standing mission to be a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere.”
“Capturing dangerous fugitives, bringing justice to victims and finding missing children is my lifetime’s work,” said original host John Walsh. “I am so excited to hear ‘America’s Most Wanted’ is coming back and I support its return. God bless.”
To-date, “America’s Most Wanted” has helped capture more than 1,186 criminals, including 17 on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. It also has reunited 43 missing children with their families. The original version aired on Fox from 1988 to 2011, and for one additional season on Lifetime.
After being telecast on Fox, “America’s Most Wanted” will be available on Fox Entertainment’s streaming platform, Tubi, as well as On Demand, FOX NOW and Hulu. On Demand episodes are available for customers of AT&T TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Hulu Live, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon FiOS, XFINITY, YouTube TV and many more. AMERICA’S MOST WANTED is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment. John Ferracane will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Jim Clemente, Tim Clemente and James Bruce of XG Productions and Glenn Geller also serve as executive producers.