- - Wednesday, September 7, 2011

‘America’s Most Wanted’ finds new home on Lifetime

Just weeks after Fox dropped “America’s Most Wanted” after more than two decades, its creator-host, John Walsh, has a new home for the show on the Lifetime network.

The deal, announced jointly on Tuesday by Mr. Walsh and Lifetime, will return Mr. Walsh’s weekly criminal roundup to the air. Since 1988, it has helped bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice.

The series will return for its 25th season later this year.


“We’ve often been called the court of last resort,” Mr. Walsh said. “Now we are back in the game and ready to saddle up for another season to get justice for victims and put dangerous criminals behind bars.”

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Fox announced in May that it was axing “AMW,” citing high production costs. At the time, the network said it would present four quarterly specials in the coming season. The first of those specials will air in October, and Fox will follow it with the remaining three, Mr. Walsh said.

Fox’s final weekly “AMW” was telecast in June.

“We kept the hot line and website up, and we’ve caught four guys,” Mr. Walsh said. “The viewers didn’t give up on us.”

Mr. Walsh launched his crime-busting crusade in 1981 in the aftermath of the abduction and murder of his 6-year-old son, Adam. He became an outspoken advocate for tougher laws against sex offenders, more cooperation among law enforcement agencies, and citizen involvement in flushing out fugitives.

On Saturday, Mr. Walsh will get a special Emmy Award saluting his show. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will give Mr. Walsh its Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony in Los Angeles. The honor goes to a person or organization that makes a substantial impact or demonstrates an extraordinary use of television.

Eddie Murphy tapped to host 2012 Oscars

In the tradition of Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, and later Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg, Oscar is going back to its comedic roots with Eddie Murphy as host.

The actor and comedian will host the 84th annual Academy Awards, producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer said Tuesday — and even they were surprised the reclusive star agreed to the gig.

The last comic to host the show alone was Jon Stewart in 2008. A singing, dancing Hugh Jackman took over in 2009, and in recent years, pairs of actors have helmed the show.

This is Mr. Murphy’s first time hosting the Academy Awards. He said in a statement that he’s “enormously honored” to join the ranks of the aforementioned Oscar hosts.

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