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John Walsh in a promotional photo for Americas Most Wanted and an official logo for the show. - Provided courtesy of Fox

'America's Most Wanted' canceled by Fox after 23 years

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05/16/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Fox announced at their upfront presentation on Monday that the network would not be renewing "America's Most Wanted" for another season, effectively ending the show's 23-year run on television.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly explained to reporters the reason behind the network's decision. "It's been an important show for us historically. We haven't made money on the show in quite awhile. It wasn't particularly viable. We wanted to keep the franchise alive. John is having conversations about ways to keep the series alive."

Reilly added that the network is still working on a solution to fill the time slot. "We're going to be in originals across our schedule," he said. "We want to be able to play repeats to give the audience a chance to catch up and that's one of the few places we can do that."

The show, which profiled men and women wanted by law enforcement, debuted in 1988 and is the longest running program in Fox Television history. The series has been hosted by John Walsh, whose six-year-old son, Adam Walsh, was abducted and murdered in 1981.

Deadline.com notes that the series might not be completely dead as Fox will air four two-hour specials and Walsh is reportedly in talks to bring the show elsewhere.

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