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Q&A: Fox ended run of 'Most Wanted'

Fox ended run of 'Most Wanted'

What happened to America's Most Wanted ? It just went off the air with no explanation.

America's Most Wanted, created and hosted by John Walsh, aired weekly for 23 years on the Fox Television Network before it was canceled in May. The final weekly episode was broadcast June 18.

Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilley said the show was canceled because it was no longer profitable, but said the network would still produce four two-hour specials to run quarterly in the 2011-2012 TV season. The first of those is scheduled to air Oct. 29.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, Walsh announced that the rights to the series had been acquired by the Lifetime network.

"I've always believed there was something very special about America's Most Wanted and that there should be a home for it on television, and I couldn't be happier to now be able bring it back on Lifetime," Walsh said in a statement. "We've often been called the court of last resort. 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."

Lifetime will produce new episodes to begin running later this year. No schedule has been released. The show has helped capture more than 1,100 fugitives in the United States and 30 other countries, including 17 who were on the FBI's most wanted list.

All those names aren't required

Up until the 1960s, movie credits were short and to the point. Nowadays, every cook, janitor, insurance person, etc., etc., connected with a film is mentioned in the credits. Is there some rule that must be followed?

Not really. Until the 1970s, movie credits were rarely used. But in the past 40 years, the practice has proliferated, and movies now routinely last several minutes past the final scene. Many directors use the credits to show bloopers.

Perhaps the most "innovative" use of closing credits comes at the end of the 2006 comedy Clerks 2, when director Kevin Smith listed all his friends — 163,070 of them!

'Roadshow' episode still to come

Several weeks ago there was a news story about some very valuable cups that were appraised on Antiques Roadshow. Has that episode aired yet?

A remarkable Roadshow find occurred while the long-running public TV series was taping shows in Tulsa, Okla., for telecast during its 16th season beginning in January. According to the series' website, art expert Lark Mason "identified a collection of five late 17th or early 18th century Chinese carved rhinoceros horn cups and valued the set at $1 million to $1.5 million."

That's the highest appraised value of an item in the show's history. Second highest was for a collection of Chinese carved jade bowls from a Raleigh, N.C., event in 2009. They were estimated to be worth as much as $1.07 million.

Q&A: Fox ended run of 'Most Wanted' 09/29/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:04pm]
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