America's Most Wanted

1988, TV Show


Case Closes on Killing of America's Most Wanted Host's Son

John Walsh

John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted, and his wife, Reve, saw the 27-year-old case of their 6-year-old son's murder close on Tuesday, when Florida police announced a conclusive link between the crime and the killer.

The loss of the Walshes' son was the catalyst for AMW, which highlights criminal cases with missing suspects, as well as for changes in the way law enforcement handles missing child cases, the AP reports.

"Who could take a 6-year-old and murder and decapitate him? Who?" Walsh said during Tuesday's press conference. "We needed to know. We needed to know. And today we know. The not knowing has been a torture, but that journey's over."

Authorities named...More, after the jump. read more

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November Sweeps for Dummies: Fox Edition

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Herewith, a condensed version of Fox's November sweeps calendar. See what's coming up on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Prison Break, House, Bones and, yes, 24.

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John Walsh Previews Most Wanted's 1,000th Capture

John Walsh, America's Most Wanted

This Saturday at 9 pm/ET, America's Most Wanted will broadcast its 1,000th capture in 20-plus seasons. As such, the show will originate from Times Square and also highlight some of the greatest captures in the long history of what many deem TV's first "reality series." Host John Walsh previews the milestone episode. Congratulations on capture No. 1,000.John Walsh: Thank you. It's a big milestone for us. Beyond a milestone, actually. It's a serendipitous thing because the 1,000th capture is an NYPD case. The guy was caught in Richmond by U.S. Marshalls, so we're going to film from Times Square underneath the Jumbotron, right on "the Deuce" [42nd Street and Broadway]. It's going to be a wonderful night to celebrate 20 years and 1,000 captures. Standing in Times Square, don read more

Governator to Appear on America's Most Wanted

Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneger and John Walsh by Steve Jennings/Fox

America's most buff and tough governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, will become just the latest politician to take to the airwaves, when he joins America's Most Wanted's John Walsh for a special episode. On the upcoming show (April 26, 9 pm/ET on Fox), Schwarzenegger meets Walsh at a DNA testing lab in Sacramento to discuss expanding law enforcement’s authority to take DNA samples from criminal suspects.The Governator was a proponent of a California proposition that mandates DNA testing for felony suspects, not just convicted criminals, but it's one of only a handful of states with such a law. Walsh is calling for all states follow suit, asserting that the testing not only helps solve crimes, but also free the innocent. Is Schwarzenegger mixing entertainment and politics too closely, or the AMW a good place for him to discuss relevant issues? — Anna DimondUse our Online Video Guide to see Arnold Schwarzenegger, pre- and post-governorshipRelated:• Are Politicians Going Too ... read more

Fox Unveils Its Plans for Sweeps Season

Fox's handy guide (press release) to the network's late April and May schedule landed in my inbox this morning. Here are a few of the highlights:Thursday, April 24 at 8 pm/ET A special two-hour edition of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? airsMonday, May 12/Monday, May 19 at 9 pmHouse's two-part season finale airsTuesday, May 20/Wednesday, May 21 at 8 pm American Idol's two-night season finaleSaturday, May 17 at 9 pm America's Most Wanted celebrates with a 1,000th capture special editionSunday, May 18 at 8 pm The Simpsons, King of the Hill and American Dad season finales air — Adam Bryant read more

NCIS' Perrette Fights Real Crime in Her Downtime

NCIS' Pauley Perrette on America's Most Wanted

Turns out Pauley Perrette isn't doing all her crime fighting on CBS' NCIS. The actress behind gothic forensic specialist Abby Sciuto turns up on Saturday's 21st-season premiere of America's Most Wanted (9 pm/ET, Fox) to help her hero, John Walsh, try to find the killers of two young girls: Raven Jeffries of Detroit and Shannon Paulk of Prattville, Alabama. But Perrette isn't just lending her face to the cases — she admirably put up $20,000 of her own money toward the reward funds and will be manning the AMW call center this weekend. spoke to the actress about doing her part and what we can expect for her character this season on NCIS. Why'd you get inv read more

Fox: Follow the Bouncing Bones

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones by Art Streiber/Fox

In recent years the Fox network has ended each season on such a high (thanks to hot franchises like American Idol, 24 and House) that we almost forget how badly Fox struggles to get traction in the fall.Perhaps sensing another fall disaster in the making, with two dark new dramas threatening to drag down its Monday and Tuesday lineups, Fox has rejiggered its fall lineup by postponing the murky New Amsterdam (about an immortal detective), originally intended for Tuesdays at 8 pm/ET, until midseason. In its place goes Bones, shifting from a tough Wednesday slot (9/8c) where this appealing procedural would have faced CBS' Criminal Minds, ABC's high-profile Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice, NBC's Bionic Woman and CW’s Gossip Girl.This makes Tuesday a pretty powerful night for Fox, with the often underappreciated Bones leading into the mega-hit House. Given the level of angst I tend to hear from Bones fans who can't help themselves from expecting the worst, having been burne... read more

Short Cuts: TV's Funniest, Most Wanted, Extras

During Saturday's America's Most Wanted, the FBI's latest top-10 fugitive list will be revealed. Uh-oh. Sounds like I'm going to be writing another Lindsay Lohan update over the weekend.... On July 10, HBO Video is releasing the second season of Ricky Gervais' Extras with over 100 minutes of, well, extras. None of which makes me the least bit bitter all over again about the fate of The Comeback. OK, maybe a little.... 'Til Death's Brad Garrett has been tapped to emcee the Museum of Television & Radio's Fox special, TV's Funniest Moments, airing Friday. Kinda embarrassing, though, since I have a hunch he won't be introducing any clips from his own show. Today's News was written by Ben Katner. read more

Fox Plays the Waiting Game

Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammer in Back to You by Joe Viles/Fox

If you could just ignore those pesky months between September and December, Fox would be sitting pretty. The challenge each year for this network is how to schedule a fall start that will live up to the blockbuster spring finish provided by late-arriving shows like American Idol and (even a diminished) 24.In the last of the week’s Upfront presentations, Fox Entertainment president Peter Ligouri made the curious choice of putting himself in the middle of a 24 parody, trading exchanges on the phone with clips of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland, not in attendance in New York this year) from 24, in which Jack addressed “the president.” The ticking-clock (ticking bomb?) metaphor isn’t the most natural fit for a sales presentation, you’d think. And given that the first thing anyone in Los Angeles (where I’ve been the last three weeks) wants to talk to me about is the steep decline in 24’s quality this season, is this really putting your best foot forward? ... read more

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Premiered: February 07, 1988, on FOX
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Criminals get publicity they don't want in this long-running series, which has been responsible for more than 1100 captures and was an anchor of Fox's Saturday-night lineup for almost a quarter-century before moving to Lifetime in December 2011. It features re-creations of crimes and interviews with law-enforcement personnel, and there's a number for viewers to call with leads. Host John Walsh got involved in fighting crime after his 6-year-old son, Adam, was murdered in 1981.



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