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John Walsh returns to FOX, alongside son Callahan, to bring fugitives to justice on 'America's Most Wanted'


Wed, Dec 13th 2023 05:35 pm

Produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment, pioneering series returns Monday, Jan. 22

Press Release

One of television’s most groundbreaking true crime series, “America’s Most Wanted,” returns to FOX on Monday, Jan. 22 (8 p.m. ET/PT), with its prolific and Emmy-Award winning series host John Walsh stepping back into his role – this season with his son, Callahan Walsh, joining him as co-host. Callahan is a child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and continues to support his father’s longstanding mission to be a powerful voice for crime victims around the world.

Produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment, “America’s Most Wanted” will again break down some of the country’s toughest criminal cases with the help of Walsh’s accomplished team of law enforcement experts.

Each week, John and Callahan will turn to viewers’ leads and information as they analyze some of the nation’s most gripping cases, ranging from horrific murders and deadly drug rings to devastating teenage overdoses and more. In addition, they will consult with a team of experts representing law enforcement units to weigh in on cases featured on the program.

“America’s Most Wanted” returns with its unparalleled opportunity for viewers to serve as armchair detectives as they help law enforcement investigate – and capture – some of the country’s most dangerous fugitives.

Walsh originally launched the series on FOX in 1988 after his own son, Adam, was abducted from a mall near their home. Adam’s remains were found two weeks later. Since its inception, “America’s Most Wanted” has helped capture more than 1,190 criminals.

“It’s an incredible time for ‘America’s Most Wanted’ to return to FOX, especially in partnership with my son, Callahan, to continue my lifetime’s work,” John Walsh said. “I’m in constant awe over how instrumental our loyal viewers are in ensuring we get justice for victims and their loved ones, and today, they have entirely new tools at their disposal to help us fight back and quickly solve even more crimes.”

“John Walsh is a singular voice in a lifelong crusade to bring justice to victims and their families,” said Allison Wallach, president of unscripted programming, FOX Entertainment. “It’s an honor to have ‘America’s Most Wanted’ and John, along with Callahan, return to his original home at FOX, to continue this important work by empowering viewers to help capture some of the country’s most dangerous fugitives.”

Executive producer and showrunner John Ferracane added, “After nearly a decade, it’s thrilling to be back on the case with John Walsh on this new season of ‘America’s Most Wanted.’ John is a legend who literally invented the true crime TV genre, and he’s done so much good for so many victims and families since this iconic show’s first episode 35 years ago. His passion for justice and law enforcement is second to none. With John and his son, Callahan, returning to the first-ever true crime show, ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ we will bring to the forefront the crime problems we have in America right now and help make our streets safer.”

Viewers can watch America’s Most Wanted next day on Hulu, http://Fox.com, On Demand and FOX Entertainment’s streaming platform, Tubi. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using #FOXTV.

About John Walsh

John Walsh is the Emmy-winning, longtime host and executive producer of “America’s Most Wanted” – the groundbreaking reality program that helped law enforcement capture more than 1,100 dangerous fugitives and brought home more than 50 missing children since its debut in 1988. The program aired on FOX for 24 seasons. A successor to the show, “In Pursuit with John Walsh,” is currently filming its fifth season. Since “In Pursuit’s” first season, 46 fugitives have been captured and eight missing children have been recovered.

John never sought the role of crime fighter and victims’ advocate, but it has been his life’s mission since July 27, 1981 – the day his 6-year-old child, Adam, was abducted from a shopping mall near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Adam was found murdered two weeks later.

The case remained unsolved for 27 years. But in December 2008, after a long investigation that was reopened by the Hollywood Police Department – and with assistance from dedicated active and retired criminal justice professionals – Adam’s case was finally closed. Long-time prime suspect Ottis Toole was undeniably named Adam’s killer. Toole – a drifter with a long criminal record – died years earlier in prison, while serving time for other crimes. Although Adam’s case was finally closed, the pain of their loss lives on.

The Walshes’ experience showed them that the nation was in desperate need of a coordinated national response to the issues of missing and sexually exploited children. Together, they founded the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in 1984, after President Ronald Reagan signed the “Missing Children’s Assistance Act.” NCMEC, as it’s known, has been at the forefront of child protection for more than 37 years.

A hero to law enforcement, John has been honored numerous times by many local, state and federal agencies. In addition to being named “Man of the Year” by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI, John was also made an honorary U.S. marshal. He is only the third person to receive this honor in the organization’s 200-plus-year history.

John and his wife, Revé, have been blessed with three more children and the couple has six grandchildren. John and Revé remain very active with NCMEC and continue to fight for victims’ rights and for justice throughout the U.S. and wherever children or crime victims are in need.

About Callahan Walsh

Callahan Walsh is a child advocate for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and serves as co-host alongside his father, John, for FOX’s upcoming season of “America’s Most Wanted.” In addition, he co-hosts “In Pursuit with John Walsh.” He is the son of John and Revé Walsh, who co-founded NCMEC in 1984 after the kidnapping and murder of their first son, Adam.

In addition to co-hosting, Callahan can also regularly be seen on various media outlets such as FOX News, “Good Morning America” and CNN promoting NCMEC’s child safety programs. Following in his parent’s footsteps, Callahan unwavering commitment to the cause of missing and exploited children, combined with his impactful presence in the world of true crime television, reflects a lifelong dedication to making the world a safer place for our most vulnerable individuals. His work continues to inspire and bring hope to countless families across the nation.

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