“AMW” had another thing going for it. No matter how aggressively the show led a fight to drain the nation’s swampland of depravity, there was no danger it would ever run dry. “AMW” has content guaranteed to keep going forever.
Anyone other than Walsh might have received the news that “AMW” was being cut down with a measure of relief. After a quarter-century immersed in the dark side of humanity while keeping up a punishing schedule, he might reasonably welcome a respite now, at age 65.
But he’s not about to slow down.
“We’re getting better at it,” he said of the collective effort he and his show display. “I got better at it, smarter at it, tougher.”
Walsh said there will be a couple more episodes to do for the network.
Meanwhile, he’ll be talking to Twentieth Television, the network’s studio arm, about possible new outlets for the show.
“I think this show could go into syndication big-time,” he said. “And I’ll do those specials, because I love the network. Who else would give the father of a murdered child a chance to host a revolutionary reality show?”
Then he had to get off the phone. He was needed onstage at the presentation.
“Television is a business and I understand that,” Walsh said in parting. “But you never know: We came back once, stronger than ever. … I’m not ready to throw in the towel.”
EDITOR’S NOTE _ Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org