Lifetime Sets 'America's Most Wanted' Premiere Date

John Walsh America's Most Wanted 2011
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AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK: Host, John Walsh. Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co.

Lifetime has a date with America's Most Wanted.

The John Walsh-hosted series will open its 25th season and mark its Lifetime premiere on Friday, Dec. 2 at 9 p.m., the network announced Tuesday.

The female-skewing cable network picked up 20 hourlong episodes of the crime-fighting show in September, taking over weekly installments of the series that has captured more than 1,100 fugitives from Fox.

The Lifetime premiere date announcement comes days after Fox aired its first AMW quarterly special, 50 Fugitives, 50 States.

"We are the court of last resort and with the show getting back to our weekly airing, we’ll have the capability of getting more fugitives off the streets and behind bars where they belong," Walsh said in a statement announcing the news.

In addition to the new network, the Friday slot marks a shift from AMW's longtime home on Saturday nights on Fox, where the network most recently aired its 50 Fugitives special.

"We hope our observant fans continue the mission with us, on our new night -- Friday -- and keep our capture number climbing while helping those crime victims that need us,” he added.

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