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Fox is giving new life to one of its foundational series.
The network has greenlit a new version of America’s Most Wanted, with former ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas serving as host.
The new series, set to premiere in March, will have the same format as its predecessor: Each week, Vargas will present cases involving fugitives from justice and ask for viewers’ help in tracking them down. The show will also employ social media for viewer tips and use technology like augmented reality and 3-D projections of what suspects might look like now — tools that didn’t exist in the show’s first incarnation — for its re-enactments.
“America’s Most Wanted empowered viewers to help America successfully capture some of its most dangerous fugitives,” said Rob Wade, president alternative entertanment and specials at Fox. “By bringing back this groundbreaking series with new and effective tech-based crime-fighting tools and acclaimed journalist Elizabeth Vargas, we hope to continue [original host] John Walsh’s long-standing mission to be a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere.”
America’s Most Wanted premiered in 1988 on Fox and ran for more than two decades before bowing out in 2011. Lifetime then picked it up, but it lasted a little more than a year on cable. The last episode aired in 2012.
Walsh, the face of the show throughout its original run, is not involved in the new series but said in a statement, “I am so excited to hear America’s Most Wanted is coming back and I support its return. God bless.”
Vargas hosted 20/20 for 15 years and served as anchor for World News Tonight and news anchor of Good Morning America during her tenure at ABC. In 2018 she became host of A&E’s documentary banner A&E Investigates.
America’s Most Wanted is being produced by Fox’s in-house unscripted studio, Fox Alternative Entertainment. John Ferracane (First Responders Live) will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside Jim Clemente, Tim Clemente and James Bruce of XG Productions and Glenn Geller.
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